Andrea Ngan is a design strategist and community organizer building co-creative design and organizational strategies to envision more equitable futures.

She initiated the Creative Resilience Collective in 2017, the Design Justice Network Philly Node in 2019, and currently serves as a service design strategist for the City of Philadelphia’s Service Design Studio


OnCare Connect (2019)

Towards a human-augmented chatbot to identify and support side-effects experienced by lung and head & neck cancer patients undergoing concurrent chemoradiation therapy.

#Research, Service Design, Health Care, AI
More details to be shared upon request.

SkInfo (2018-2019)

A digital application to help skin cancer patients track, manage, and own their complex health data across multiple providers.

#Health Care, Service Design, mHealthMore details to be shared upon request.

Digital and Mental Health (2018-2019)

A randomized control trial (RCT) seeking to help  participants see the connection between their digital communication data and mental wellbeing. 

#Mental Health, Digital Communication
More details to be shared upon request.


The Creative Resilience Collective (2017-Ongoing) 

A design justice organization initiating projects that envision a Philadelphia in which historically oppressed and underserved people are provided care uniquely suited to their needs as individuals and members of multilayered communities.

#Collective, Design, Social Justice, Public Art, Education, Health Justice, Research

Creative Resilient Youth (2018-2019)

A teen-led initiative to respond to gaps in mental health dialogue and resources.

#Youth, Art, Design, Photography, Social Justice, Mental Health

Strategies and Spaces of Care (2019)

A community-based participatory design and art program centering the mental health needs of immigrant and refugee youth.

#Youth, Art, Design, Immigrant Rights, Participatory Research

Mental Health Navigation Tool (2017-2019)

A navigation tool to help care seekers find quality care and treatment. More details to come.

#Art, Architecture, Civic Engagement, Education, Social Justice

CRC Study Group (2017-2019)

A collective knowledge-building series open to the public and run in partnership with Penn’s Health Ecologies Lab.

#Art, Architecture, Civic Engagement, Education, Social Justice

Summer Urban Labs (2011)

A series of multidisciplinary summer laboratories that empower high school students to understand and address pressing urban issues.

#Youth, Art, Education, Urban Pedagogy, Social Justice


Project XQ (2015) 

A traveling campaign and recording booth to rethink high school education in America.

#Interaction Design, Education, Exhibit Design, New Technology

The Gateway Interactive Wall (2015) 

An interactive wall featuring a rich network of events, facts, landmarks, and resources.

#Interaction Design, Education, Exhibit Design, Technology

City Pulse (2015) 

A circular 14’ storytelling platform controlled by a tour guide wearing a gesture-controlled armband.

#Interaction Design, Education, Exhibit Design, New Technology


Sound Connections (2017)

Designed and produced an installation inviting participants to find sonic harmonies and visual connections. The project was shown at SPEKTRUM in Berlin, Germany. 

#Interactive, Projection, Installation

Derrida's Library (2014)

Filmed and edited interviews with philosophers Judith Butler, Hélène Cixous, Avital Ronell, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Hent de Vries, and Samuel Weber as they revisited the life and work of philosopher Jacques Derrida on the tenth anniversary of his death.

#Film, Editing, Art, Philosophy

WebGL Timeline (2016)

UX design for an interactive timeline produced by the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation to help shed light on how discoveries from Laureates have shaped our everyday lives. See the site here .

#Interaction Design, Education

Utterly Precarious (2013)

Filmed and edited an intimate conversation between artist Carolee Schneemann and undergraduate students within The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

#Film, Art 

9/11 Museum (2014)

Researched, licensed, edited and produced six feature length films, triptychs, and archival media for the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City with experience design studio, Local Projects.

#Film, Exhibit Design

Political Equator (2012)

Filmmed and edited a conversation with Sergio Fajardo, Teddy Cruz, and Oscar Romo about the relationship between public policy, social justice, and civic imagination for an exhibit and publication with Slought.

#Film Editing, Architecture, Social Justice


Co-Founder & Co-Organizer

Creative Resilience Collective - Philadelphia, PA
January 2017 - Present

Service Design Strategist

City of Philadelphia Service Design Studio- Philadelphia, PA
February 2020 - Present

Design Strategist

Center for Digital Health - Philadelphia, PA
October 2017 - January 2020

Design Strategist

Slought Foundation - Philadelphia, PA
October 2017 - Present


Design Justice Network - Philadelphia, PA
August 2019 - Present

Freelance UX Designer

Beyond - San Francisco, CA
November 2016 - April 2017

Interaction Designer

Local Projects - New York, NY
September 2015 - February 2016

Jr. Interaction Designer

Local Projects - New York, NY
June 2014 - September 2015

Production Associate

Local Projects - New York, NY
September 2013 - June 2014

Thesis Teaching Assistant

NewSchool of Architecture & Design - San Diego, CA
September 2011 - June 2012

Director of Education & Outreach

The Periscope Project - San Diego, CA
June 2010 - January 2012


Design Research
Service Design
Interaction Design
  • Gestural Interaction Design
  • Websites
  • Mobile Apps
  • Conversational text 
Design Justice 
AI and Ethic
Media Licensing
Non-Profit Organizing
Project Management


American Samoa Department of Commerce
Center for Urban Pedagogy
Estudio Teddy Cruz
Equal Justice Initiative
Emerson Collective
One World Trade Center
Proctor and Gamble
Princeton Institute


B.A. International Studies - Economics
B.A. Visual Arts - Media

University of California San Diego
September 2007 - June 2010


︎  andreamngan


Available upon request