Tad Hirsch is a designer and researcher who focuses on advocacy, civic engagement, and urban environments. His work is strongly influenced by public and critical art practice, and has tackled such thorny issues as human rights, environmental justice, and community empowerment. Hirsch’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) Karlsruhe, The New Museum, The Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art, and MassMoca, and has been featured at major festivals including the International Symposium on Electronic Art, and Ars Electronica. He has received several prestigious awards and commissions, including an Award of Distinction and two honorable mentions at Prix Ars Electronica in 2000 and 2005, and Rhizome Net Art Commissions in 2002 and 2006. Hirsch currently is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Design at the University of Washington. He is also a founding member of the Institute for Applied Autonomy, an art/technology/activism collective that was active from 1998 to 2010.