Erin Huizenga


Erin is Co-Founder and Principal at Borough + Block. She’s always thinking about how to design strategies that will lead to more equity, access, and dignity for all.

Most recently, Erin served as the Senior Design Strategy Consultant at Gensler, leading partnerships with Chicago Public Libraries and Housing Options by facilitating workshops and guiding project vision.

With entrepreneurship running through her veins, she successfully launched and grew both EPIC ( and Till School ( At Borough + Block, she guides research methods, creates partnerships, and provides creative direction.

During the course of her career, Erin’s worked with companies such as Motorola, Converse, Best Buy, SC Johnson, OfficeMax, and PNC Bank, at firms gravitytank, VSA Partners, and IDEO. She also created the Innovation Narratives graduate course for Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, as well as designed curriculum she teaches for graduate-level design and social entrepreneurship courses at Northwestern University.

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Areas of expertise

Qualitative Research, Strategic Planning, Workshops, Ideation, Concept Development, Storytelling, Communication Strategy, Design Education, Coalition Building, Community Impact

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