Artist Bio: Candy Chang

Candy Chang (New Orleans, LA)

Candy Chang is an artist, designer, and urban planner who makes cities more comfortable for people.

She’s the co-founder of Civic Center, an urban design studio where she combines architecture, graphic design, and urban planning to make thoughtful public spaces and communication tools for everyday issues of city life.

She’s a 2011 TED Senior Fellow and has a B.S. in Architecture, a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. After co-founding design firm & record label Red Antenna in New York City, she collaborated with community organizations on urban design projects in New York, Nairobi, Vancouver, New Orleans, and Johannesburg. She was an art director at The New York Times and a design researcher at Nokia in Helsinki. She was also a project leader for Global Studio and a fellow at the Spatial Information Design Lab. She has performed electro in New York, Detroit, and Grenoble, and her work has been exhibited at the National Design Museum, Center for Architecture, Koltsovo International Airport, and many humble sidewalks.

She now lives in New Orleans where she’s loving porches, palm trees, and ceiling fans while working on public art projects, big and small. She believes that one of the greatest things in life is spending time in public places with the people you love. She also believes that these spaces can better serve the people who live, work, and play in them.