Jock Herron

Design Critic in Architecture

Jock Herron is an Instructor focused on food systems and health at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He co-led the Smart Cities and Wellness project sponsored by the Humana Corporation and the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab at the GSD. This past year, he served on the Steering Committee of the Worcester County Food Hub Initiative, and he is currently working on a rotational grazing project in Central Massachusetts. Co-manager of family farms in southern Ohio and a former chairman of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, he has a longstanding view that food systems are at the nexus of population and habitat health.

Jock has published three book chapters with Harvard Business School professors on environmental sustainability, and published an article in African Health: Tanzania on rapid test diagnostics. Co-founder and partner in Tidepool Press and a former partner at a global investment firm, he currently chairs the board of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and is vice chairman of the American Antiquarian Society, a leading research library in American history. He has visited 55 countries and lived in Japan for five years and England for two. Herron has a DDes (dissertation: Global Health and Design: Learning from Tanzania and Abbott Payson Usher) and an MDesS with distinction from the GSD and an MPA from the Kennedy School, and decades earlier an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College where he was in the first entering class.