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Place-based inquiry & interdisciplinary creative practice.

Aubrey Murdock is an artist, designer, educator, and urbanist with a focus on creating tools to render complex systems visible.




  • University of Hartford Art School, Residency-based program with various locations. Interdisciplinary MFA Nomad MFA, 2019 - 2021

  • University of Wyoming - The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ruckelshaus Institute, Collaboration Program in Natural Resources,  2015 - 2016

  • Parsons the New School for Design, New York. M.S. Design & Urban Ecologies, 2012 - 2014

  • Universidad EAFIT . URBAM, Medellin, Colombia. Workshop Ecologias Urbanas, 2013

  • Costa Rica TEFL, Playa Samara, Costa Rica.  EFL Instructor Certification, 2010

  • Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL.  B.A. Film & Video Production, 2003 - 2007




Seepage, part of the Force Fields Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT, 2021 

Virtual Tour

This interdisciplinary installation explores the mechanics and ideologies of extractive infrastructures through lived experience and sense memory.


Ecotonal Defragmentation, The Meadowlands, NJ, 2020

Contributor to Using interdisciplinary research methods, poetics and art-making, our cohort built a living document and speculative toolkit to revisit what restoration can be.  Ecotonal Defragmentation focused specifically on the Meadowlands of New Jersey as an ecotonal ecology.


Forgotten Places Fieldguide, 2019

The Forgotten Places Fieldguide is a guide for place-based inquiry and unlearning the concept of “nowhere.”


Hidden Treasures of Our Orange, Orange, NJ, 2014 - present 

Hidden Treasures of Our Orange is a multiyear, trans-media project recording and sharing the stories of Orange, NJ.

Project Lead

Create online archive and tactile materials to connect participants with the oral history resource.

  • Collaborate with project stakeholders to develop a “feel” and user experience for the website.

  • Manage web designer and coder in building the website.

  • Create designs for the website.

  • Produce audio and video stories for the archive.

  • Develop user guides for site contributors to navigate the GitHub Interface.

  • Host workshops for site contributors.

  • Design materials to connect users with the site

Making the Just City: An Examination of Organizing for Equity & Health in Shaw & Orange, Orange, NJ and Washington, DC, 2017 - present

Making the Just City is a comparative study of the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC and the city of Orange, NJ. Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Assistant Researcher

Conduct research with University of Orange, in partnership with OneDC and American University. 

  • Utilize situation analysis framework to gather and process data

  • Interview over 25 stakeholders from diverse perspectives

  • Participate in and assist in planning “inter-urban exchanges” between Orange and DC

  • Analyze and synthesize findings




Adjunct Professor

Department of Art and Design, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, 2021 - present 

  • Develop and implement curricula 

  • Lead students in the creation of independent projects

  • Support students in cultivating research-based creative practices

  • Facilitate student-led exhibition planning



Learning Actively Mentor Program, University of Wyoming, remote, 2020 - present

  • Support STEM professionals in expanded pedagogical practice

  • Create and deliver dispersed, place-based, experiential learning modules

  • Facilitate remote discussion sessions


University of Orange, Orange, NJ, 2014 - present 

University of Orange is a free people’s urbanism school that builds collective capacity for people to build more equitable cities.


Co-Executive Director (2015 - present)

Manage organizational operations including non-profit compliance, bookkeeping, development, fundraising, budget creation and management.

  • Review the pedagogy of the organization’s programs, as they relate to the mission of building collective capacity.

  • Represent UofO through presentations and workshops. (see below)

  • Administer programs, collaborating with program leads, volunteers, and participants.

    • Music City (2016 - present)

    • Colony in Crisis in Haitian Creole (2019 - present)


Head Of School & Lead Designer (2014 - present)

Collaborate with team members and volunteers to create and run programs within the free school framework.


Video Production and Editing, 2007 - present


Independent Consultant & Volunteer

Produce and edit short videos, including graduate film projects, public service pieces, and memorial videos for organizations including WIC, Africa First, OkayAfrica, UHAB, and Design and Culture Lab. 

Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY, 2013 - present

Guest Lecturer, Workshop Lead, & Guest Critic


Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York, NY, 2015

Teaching Artist:  New School on the Block


Youth Urbanism Summit, New York, NY & Orange, NJ, 2014

Planning Team Member & Designer


LNNY (Late Night New York), New York, NY, 2013 - 2014

Executive Producer of Web Series


Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY, 2012 - 2014

Research Assistant, Drawing and Material Thinking . Cinemetrics 


Breckenridge Montessori, Breckenridge, CO, 2009 - 2010

Assistant Primary Room Teacher


New Line Cinema and Blink Digital, Santa Monica, CA , 2008

Assistant Editor


Lowlands, Documentary Feature-Peter Thompson, Chicago, IL, 2006 - 2007

Assistant Editor

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