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Austin Design Week Trojan Horses & Systems Design Panel

  • Health Discovery Building Auditorium 1701 Trinity Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)
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As Dell Medical School moves the focus of academic medicine to factors of health beyond medical care, we find that the wicked societal problems yet to be addressed require sectors and entities to work together in unfamiliar, uncharted ways. Challenges that have no singular client, no one decision maker, and no clear way to proceed require us to make space for new ways of working, new applications of design, and new engagement models.


Whether we’re designing in arenas like service, environments or products, every engagement ultimately leads to systems design, regardless of how it walked in the door. We are evolving our approaches and methods to understand what’s really at the heart of the trojan horses that enter our studio as overly focused and/or overly simplified problems/objectives.

This panel featuring leaders from the Design Institute for Health—a radical collaboration between Dell Med and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin—will share how we’re applying a systems design approach including a brief history and primer on systems design, and reporting from the field with tangible examples of systems thinking, maps and design from current work, including a sneak preview of the new Masters Program for Design In Health.

About the Panelists:


José Colucci, Dell Medical School, Design Institute for Health, Director of Research and Development

Learn more about José


Lauren Gardner, Dell Medical School, Design Institute for Health, Design Researcher

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Kat Jones, Dell Medical School, Design Institute for Health, Director of Strategy and Mission/s

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Doreen Lorenzo, UT Austin, Assistant Dean, School of Design and Creative Technologies

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Register below to join the discussion and enjoy a healthy lunch from Bento Picnic.