Location Director, IDEO Cambridge
As a director in the Cambridge studio, I spend my time helping our clients and our designers grow and bring remarkable new things to the world. I am particularly interested in exploring the edges of technology and how they create new opportunities for design.
What you won’t learn from my bio:
I grew up in a nomadic theater troupe, and have occasionally been known to perform circus acts.
Ari Adler is a Location Director for IDEO’s Cambridge studio. He works to guide designers, project teams, and clients to push the edges of how we work, what we work on and how we grow as individuals and as a location.
Ari has been at IDEO since 2000, starting in Palo Alto as a mechanical engineer and project leader. After moving to Cambridge in 2005, he helped lead the Health and Wellness practice and build Cambridge’s product design portfolio with a focus on solving complex technical challenges. Ari has worked with clients across a broad range of domains, and has played a leadership role in all phases of the design process: from insight gathering, design strategy and concept ideation, to detailed engineering design, and project stewardship. He has been named as an inventor on over 20 patents, including work on padlocks, sports equipment, kitchen gadgets, wearable devices, office furniture, consumer health packaging and powered surgical instruments.
In addition to project work, Ari has facilitated design and innovation workshops for corporate clients, academic institutions, and nonprofits in the US, Europe, and Latin America and has lectured on design thinking and human-centered product innovation. Most recently he co-taught a course titled “Designing Things for Humans” at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Before joining IDEO, Ari was a product designer at Continuum.
Ari holds a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Brandeis University, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he was a researcher at the Media Lab. For his Master’s thesis, he designed a low-cost telemedicine system for use in less developed countries. Ari is happy to be back at MIT often, acting as IDEO’s liaison to the Media Lab. In addition to the US, Ari has lived in Mexico and Colombia, and is fluent in Spanish.