Joana is a researcher with +10 years of design practice, a speaker and educator, specialised in interdisciplinary work across digital and sustainability. Her current research focuses on the technologies that will define the Forth Industrial Age.  She collaborates with organisations on special projects employing radical technologies to ensure that the qualities of sustainability and ethical practices are put at the forefront of design.

photography TechfestivalCPH

photography TechfestivalCPH

Currently serves as professor at CODE University of Applied Sciences Berlin in the interaction design department, she lectures on design methods, field studies, futures & impact and co-creation.  In the past, Joana taught at Hyper Island Masters Experience Design and was part of teaching team at IDEO U.

Completed a Ph.D at Central Saint Martins London on how design amplifies qualities of sustainability.  During this time she developed a new design method to empower sustainability focused start-ups. This benefited businesses around the world and accelerator programmes like the Sustainable Oceans Alliance.

Joana writes about Design.Dharma (forthcoming book) stories of professional designers whose practice reflects their inner life.

Working internationally. Current base Lisbon & Berlin. Previously Indonesia & London.


Fellow Royal Society of the Arts 
Fellow The Point People 
Resident House of Beautiful Business 
Former Ambassador Sandbox  

Visiting Lecturer

School of Creative Entrepreneurship, Stockholm
Designmatters Art Center, Pasadena, California
California College of Arts, San Francisco
National Institute of Design, Bangalore
ISEG, Lisbon


Tate Modern (2016) If you had a year to change something, what would you do?
ISBN 9781849763363

PhD by Design (2015) Instant Journal #2 - Researching across difference.

DESIS Design Philosophy (2015) The Pearl Diver
ISBN 9788894167368 

Research Fortnight (2016) Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

INSIGHT(2015) International Design Research
ISBN 9788186199848 

The Future is Beautiful (2012) Think Act Vote
ISBN 9781367406636 


2012 Design and Design International volume 5 


2017 Innovation Forum programme ImagineIF
2014 Startup Weekend London
2015-17 WEDU International


client love

Ms. Lemos is a leader amongst her peers, a reliable and thoughtful worker, and is an absolute joy to work with. We’re very grateful for the time she has spent successfully coaching and teaching thousands of our learners.

Senior Community Designer
IDEO U, San Francisco

Joana's workshop on experience design for sustainability is a great experience for professionals who are challenged everyday to reinvent their businesses for a sustainable future.

Head of Member Relations
Business Council for Sustainable Development, Lisbon

I had the privilege to experience Joana's work at the first Edacy Design Bootcamp in Dakar, Senegal where she trained our graduate students and partner companies in Design. I was particularly impressed by the patience, method, intelligence, and adaptability she employed to transform design into design thinkers in the space of a few days.

Edacy, Senegal

Her expertise, presence, openness and honest curiosity towards the participants was amazing. Even though participants came from very different backgrounds, Joana found a vivid language that spoke to everyone. Her knowledge, experience and presence allowed her to adjust to every situation easily.

Project Manager Leadership Research
LEAD Academy, Berlin

The design sprint was incredibly well received and your spirit, energy, and willingness to go with our chaotic flow was very much appreciated.

Program Director
Sustainable Ocean Alliance, San Francisco

Professional capacity as a designer, communicator and facilitator as well as her ability to project manage and liaise with clients.

Principal Sustainability Advisor
Forum for the Future, United Kingdom