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Hannah du Plessis

Fit Associates LLC
Principal
Pittsburgh, PA
Hannah du Plessis is a principal of Fit Associates LLC, a firm focused on equipping teams and organizations to create better futures for themselves. Hannah’s belief in human potential, tempered by the raw reality of growing up in violent, segregated South Africa, fuels her desire to further the field of social innovation.As a student, Hannah led the amalgamation of two schools during the transition from apartheid. Her career as interior architect spans across a decade and three continents, and includes 18 built projects. She has worked for various agencies and was founding partner of a design firm. Her love for and continuous engagement in the creative process has taken her drawings into publications and art galleries and herself onto stage as presenter, actor, improviser and dancer.Hannah has taught internationally in the field of design and innovation at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, at Cedim in Mexico and at the University of Pretoria. She is currently a faculty member in the MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. She holds a Masters in Design Methodology from IIT, a degree in interior design from the University of Pretoria and a diploma in fine arts.Outside of work, Hannah is active in the Pittsburgh improv theater community, and follows a range of pursuits in the arts, dance, and self-education.