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Jun 10, 2021 By IIDA HQ
Mohawk Group Believe in Better Series
A three-part series that takes a look at how environmental psychology, human-centered design, and design thinking methodologies impact what we design.
By IIDA HQ Jun 10, 2021
Published in Industry Events

How can—and should—designers expand their design strategies through incorporating other fields of study like organizational psychology, technology, education, anthropology, healthcare, and human-centered design? Reflecting on the lessons learned, and changed priorities during the pandemic, IIDA and Mohawk Group gathered deeply engaged designers, creatives, and cross-disciplinary thought leaders for a three-part virtual roundtable focused on optimistic, expansive, and innovative design.

This series focuses on three segments of the design industry-workplace, education, and healthcare-and explores them through the lens of change, adaptation, and creativity. While discussions focus on the future and innovation, they are connected by the through-lines of equity and sustainability, both necessary considerations to achieve better design, and ultimately better lives.


Session 1 | Working Towards Balance: Environmental Psychology

Workplace design experts weigh in on the current state of the 'workplace,' exploring expectations and needs, and how remote work has permanently changed the workplace both conceptually and physically. The designers are joined by organizational workplace/environmental psychologist, Adam Waytz, PhD.

“Research on the importance of rituals found that during the pandemic something as small as a commute can be a part of core rituals—It becomes a way of separating work self from home self. Rituals are important for increasing wellbeing and reducing burnout.” -Adam Waytz

Moderators:

  • Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA
    Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
  • Royce Epstein, Ind. IIDA
    Mohawk Group A&D Design Director

Panelists:

  • Kate Davis, IIDA
    Principal, Director of Corporate Interiors, HKS
  • Megan Dobstaff, Assoc. IIDA
    Senior Associate, Gensler
  • Mike Johnson II, IIDA, AIA
    Senior Associate, Perkins+Will
  • Adam Waytz, Ph.D.
    Morris and Alice Kaplan Chair in Ethics and Decision Management, Professor of Management & Organizations, Northwestern University



This session fulfills 1 IDCEC CEU credit, learn more about how to earn this CEU.


Session 2 | Human-Centered Design in Education: Technology and Anthropology

A panel of education design leaders explore the impact of adopting new modes of learning, and how design can respond to changes in learning styles, modalities, and the needs of spaces that education inhabit. The designers are joined by an expert in the intersections of technology, anthropology, and education Dr. Lauren Herckis.

“In every business the pandemic has accelerated trends and it did what Education has been trying to do for decades with implementing remote learning, it also highlighted inequalities.” -Dave Broz, Gensler

Moderators:

  • Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA
    Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
  • Royce Epstein, Ind. IIDA
    Mohawk Group A&D Design Director

Panelists:

  • Patricia Bou, AIA
    Principal, Co-Director, Education Practice, Cannon Design
  • Dave Broz, AIA,
    Principal, Gensler
  • Fiona Grandowski, IIDA
    Principal, Collins Cooper Carusi
  • Dr. Lauren Herckis
    Simon Initiative Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University


This session fulfills 1 IDCEC CEU credit, learn more about how to earn this CEU.


Session 3 | The Ecosystem of Senior Living: Design Thinking Methodology

Innovative healthcare designers delve into multi-facted approaches for applying design thinking methods to large and small specialized healthcare facilities, specifically senior living. Timothy Peck, a consultant and healthcare researcher specializing in senior living joins our panelists in discussing adapting and innovations in healthcare design.

“The level of care a resident receives is in direct correlation to how we care for the staff.” -Hillary DeGroff, Perkins Eastman

Moderators:

  • Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA
    Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
  • Royce Epstein, Ind. IIDA
    Mohawk Group A&D Design Director

Panelists:

  • Hillary DeGroff, IIDA
    Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman
  • Siobhan Farvardin
    Principal and Senior Designer, HKS
  • Timothy Peck
    Executive Portfolio Director of Health, IDEO



This session fulfills 1 IDCEC CEU credit, learn more about how to earn this CEU.


Learn more about earning CEUs with IIDA, or becoming an IIDA Industry Member.

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