Colleen R Dunning


b. 1986, HK.

A strategist and creative director with a passion for problem solving and demonstrated success in brand development, marketing, and growth management.

A strategist, an urbanist, and a maker, I am currently accepting freelance clients while I pursue my next role.

My background is in design, creative, and marketing management for companies in both Boston and New York City. I most recently held the position of Director of Marketing + Operations at MERGE architects and before that was Director of Marketing for Schwartz/Silver Architects. I am active in the urban design community in Boston, and serve on the Board of Directors of TransitMatters

In 2017, I was a finalist at the MIT / MD5 Cambridge Hackathon: Saving Lives with Smart Fabrics, with the team Vital Protection. In 2016, I was one of the winners of Boston's Northern Avenue Bridge Competition, envisioning a renewed waterfront in the Fort Point Neighborhood. Whether it's through civic activism, or professional projects, I continue to advocate for vibrant, universally accessible design.

A native of Boston, I graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University. I am a LEED Green Associate and am committed to innovative and sustainable design.

  • BRand strategy


  • COmmunications

  • creative direction

  • MArketing

  • REsearch

  • STrategic analysis