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Hello, I’m Lauren Yarmuth

Director, Circular Economy

I’m a systems-thinker with a bent for bringing people together. I believe in designs' power to create beneficial outcomes to some of the world's most complex challenges. From food to the built environment, I use design to improve places, products, services, and processes. I love to make unexpected connections, inspire new thinking, and help people and organizations be outrageously successful by being remarkably good.

What you won't learn from my bio:
I’m a Seattle girl living in New York City, so I have equal passions for a raucous dinner in a fine restaurant, and an arduous wilderness expedition in remote corners of the earth.

Joined IDEO:

Full Bio

Lauren Yarmuth is a Director at IDEO. Trained as an architect but seasoned as an entrepreneur, Lauren's work is grounded in the principles of regenerative design. She approaches projects with a combined lens of systems, strategy, and innovation, driving towards new solutions to the complex challenges facing business and society at large.

Prior to IDEO, Lauren co-founded a prominent global sustainability consultancy which she ran for nearly a decade. She also served as long-standing faculty at Columbia University where she taught a masters-level course on sustainable technologies. Lauren holds a degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She spends her weekends in the Catskill Mountains, where you'll find her on a bicycle or x-country skis or cooking a meal over open flames.