Colleen Macklin

Making games to understand the world through play
Colleen Macklin

About Colleen

Colleen Macklin is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, and director of PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab), a lab focused on developing games for experimental learning and social engagement. PETLab projects include a curriculum in game design for the Boys and Girls Club, a set of statistical games for the Red Cross Climate Centre, and big games such as Re:Activism and the “fiscal” sport Budgetball. She is a member of the game design collectives Local No. 12, known for their card game the Metagame, and The Leisure Collective. Her work has been shown at Come Out and Play, SoundLab, The Whitney Museum for American Art, and Creative Time. Macklin received her BFA from the Media Arts Pratt Institute, and completed graduate studies in computer science at CUNY and international affairs at The New School.