Elliot Montgomery


ELLIOT MONTGOMERY / Designer Researcher & Strategist / Assistant Professor of Strategic Design / Extrapolation Factory / Parsons School of Design

Elliott P. Montgomery is a design researcher and strategist and whose work focuses on speculative inquiries at the confluence of social, technological and environmental impact.

He is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design at Parsons School of Design, and co-founder of The Extrapolation Factory, a design-futures studio based in Brooklyn.

Elliot was also a design research resident at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy. He holds a Master's in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London and a Bachelor's in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Disruptive Modeling for Higher Education

Elliot Montgomery presented with: David Baum, Danni Peng, Meghana Srinivasan

The predominant model for higher education is ripe for disruption. Most American colleges and Universities operate on outmoded models of learning and funding, despite being considered havens of imagination and critical thinking. Familiar and troubling conditions confront the higher-education community, including unsustainable financial models, top-heavy hierarchies, and curricular frameworks that lag behind the global pace of technological and social change.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a new speculative approach for constructing potentially disruptive education models through three parts. In part one, participants will engage with a survey of experimental higher-ed proposals that challenge current models across 8 categories. In part two, the workshop will demonstrate assessment tools for locating structural weaknesses in current systems. In part three, participants will build on the first two parts to formulate a speculative educational model that demonstrates a disruptive pathway.


  • A survey of experimental higher-ed proposals across 8 categories

  • A critical framework for institutional structural analysis in higher education.

  • A speculative approach for generating disruptive pathways