Liz Ogbu


A designer, urbanist, and spatial justice activist, Liz is an expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. Her multidisciplinary design and innovation practice, Studio O, operates at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. She collaborates with/in communities in need to leverage design to catalyze sustained social impact. Liz lectures often on issues of social and spatial justice. Previous appearances include the Aspen Ideas Festival, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Chicago Humanities Festival, and TED Women. Her 2013 TEDx Talk and 2017 TED Talk have been viewed over a million times. Her work and TED Talk were also featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour. She has also written for and been profiled in publications such as the New York Times, Atlantic's City Lab, Next City, Places Journal, and the Journal of Urban Design. Her work has also been widely exhibited, including at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Rotterdam Biennale.