Anita Cooney, a Pratt Institute alumna with over 20 years experience in professional practice, has been named dean of the Pratt Institute School of Design. She has served as acting dean since the school was formed in July 2014 and previously spent nine years as the program chair of Pratt’s Interior Design Department. Her tenure includes time served as assistant chair of the Institute’s Undergraduate Department of the School of Architecture.
“[Cooney's] interdisciplinary educational approach and commitment to a culture of exploration and innovation will prepare our students to push the limits of design,” said Pratt Institute Provost Peter Barna.
Anita Cooney. Photo by Peter Tannenbaum for Pratt Institute.
“The opportunity to work collaboratively to support the School of Design’s programs and enrich the experience of students is invigorating,” said Cooney. “I am thrilled at the prospect of working with such talented faculty and students to help further the Institute’s mission at this incredibly exciting time for design at Pratt and in Brooklyn.”
The School of Design comprises the following programs: Communications Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design.