Grinham Research Group

Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Katarina Richter-Lunn

Katarina is an architectural designer and researcher pursuing her doctoral degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her primary research lies at the intersection of design, psychology, and neuroscience to address mental well-being through the built environment. Katarina seeks to envision how architecture, design, and our latest technological tools can embody spatial forms of therapy to provide more empathetic, seamless, and accessible design solutions for emotional disorders. As part of this work, she explores perception through the lens of material development, computational design, affective computing, and robotics.

Katarina holds a Master in Design Technology from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with a minor in Sustainable Environments. She has worked at leading firms including Snøhetta, Arup, IwamottoScott, and most recently Gehry Partners, where she worked as a project designer for three years.

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