We are an interdisciplinary team looking at learning holistically.


The most diverse life occurs at the intersection of ecosystems. We operate at the intersection of many of these systems: we are designers, educators, students, makers, programmers, big thinkers, and skilled implementers. Together, we design human-centered learning solutions for problems and purposes of the present.



Phil Holcombe is a designer and educator deeply curious about the relationship between design and learning. In 2010, he founded PlusUs, an interdisciplinary firm that would work at the intersection of these two fields. He is pleased to have had the opportunity to create human-centered learning solutions with schools, universities, and museums across the world. Phil is a professor of design at the University of the Arts, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of an area high school. He holds his degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Twitter:  @PlusUs, @Phil_Holcombe


Garreth Heidt has developed innovative instruction methods for 25 years. His practice has always been based in the pursuit of answers to two driving questions: “Why are things the way they are?” and “How can we make them better?” His own answers to these questions have lead him to create curricula that employ design- and project-based learning to develop students’ skills in critical viewing, civil discussion, and creative problem finding and solving. He is a graduate of Temple University and holds a BA in English and a M.Ed in Curriculum, Technology, and Instruction.

Twitter: @ed_by_design


Joseph Torre has spent over 25 years facilitating strategy development in educational and Fortune 500 settings. At PlusUs, Joseph develops communications strategy that underpins design projects and guides strategic planning efforts for schools. Joe’s background includes deep knowledge of psychology and human resources. He holds a certificate in conflict resolution from Cornell University, and a certificate in professional human resources management from Villanova University.