Jock Herron

Design Critic in Architecture

Jock Herron is a Design Critic 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. He served on the original Steering Committee of the Worcester County Food Hub Initiative, and was an early supporter of a rotational grazing business in Central Massachusetts. Co-manager of family farms in southern Ohio (grains, gravel, lumber, solar) 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 on sustainability with Harvard Business School professors, and published an article in African HealthTanzania on rapid test diagnostics. Co-founder and partner in Tidepool Press and a former senior managing director and partner at a global investment firm, he co-founded BT Ventures as well as Zoologic, an educational software company with over 400 hundred institutional clients on four continents. Jock currently chairs the board of the American Antiquarian Society, a leading research library in pre-1877 American history, and until recently chaired the board of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Jock has a DDes (dissertation: Global Health and Design: Learning from Tanzania and Abbott Payson Usher) and a MDes with Distinction focused on Landscape Ecology from the GSD and a MPA focused on Sustainability from the Kennedy School. Decades earlier he received an MBA in finance and econometrics from the University of Chicago and a BA in philosophy from Hampshire College where he was in the first entering class. His senior thesis was on Hannah Arendt and he had the good fortune to take the last course she taught at the New School for Social Research. Jock lived in Japan for five years, England for two, New York for fifteen and has visited fifty-five countries.

Over the past five years he has co-taught the Collaborative Design Engineering Studio and Integrative Frameworks: Technology, Society and Environment, and has advised twenty second-year students on sixteen Independent Design Projects.