This sustainably-manufactured, non-plastic toy house offers non-gendered, open-ended and customizable make-believe to any kid, anytime, anywhere…sustainably. Combining artistry, empathy and work ethic from two decades in professional dance with his knowledge of design, Charlie says, “Archamelia is more than a product. It’s a platform for more nutritious play.”
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Combining his professional lives in dance and design, Charlie Hodges has honed deep empathy for all the stuff that makes us human. He graduated as valedictorian from ArtCenter with a degree in Product Design and a Designmatters minor in Social Innovation. Hodges is IDSA’s 2018 Western District Student Award Winner. His designs have won two gold medals in international design competitions and earned recognition for sustainability and gender neutrality. He has spoken on the TEDx stage, discussing “Learning from Failure,” and on a panel of Young Entrepreneurs at the 2018 BOLD Symposium discussing “Leadership in the 21st Century.”
Robbie Nock is ArtCenter's director of Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice. Driven to activate and inspire multidisciplinary teams through creative education, he connects designers, artists, engineers, scientists and investors to launch and grow new ventures and initiatives. With a background in photography, media production, technology and startups, Nock works on behalf of the creative community to generate pathways and possibilities with collaborators and partners spanning fields and industries. He received an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an MFA in Art and Technology from CalArts.
ArtCenter is proud to participate in Connect Week 2020. During Connect Week, Innovate Pasadena showcases the vast creativity and ingenuity that’s happening in the greater Pasadena region. From October 18–24, local innovators will host independently organized seminars, workshops, and social events in a virtual setting. Bring your curiosity and join Innovate Pasadena as we envision the future of tech and design, and engage with local startups and industry leaders.