Karen Reuther

Design Critic in Architecture

Karen Korellis Reuther is Design Critic in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an experienced creative leader, industrial designer, and 2022 Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI). Most recently as Vice President Creative Direction + Innovation at Reebok, she led the global creative strategy and implementation across every consumer touch point of the brand. Karen was Global Creative Director at NIKE for twelve years where she developed major product, merchandising and brand strategies solidifying NIKE at the top of its industry. She worked as creative director and brand strategist at Cast Collective, a consultancy in the fields of design, innovation and technology and spent many years in the design of consumer products and electronics in both the US and Germany.

As a contributor to Harvard ALI’s Social Impact Review, her most recent article “Shrink It and Pink It” highlights gender bias in product design.  

Karen received her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design from Purdue University and a Masters of Business from Lesley University.