Design Researcher

Lauren Gardner

Lauren Gardner is a Design Researcher at the Design Institute for Health, a radical collaboration between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Lauren uses immersive approaches to frame and understand challenges within complex health and healthcare systems. Her research guides the team through integrating human needs, tensions and dynamics to provoke systemic change in health.

Prior to joining the Design Institute, Lauren was a Senior Program Manager at Reboot, a social impact firm working to solve civic problems. While at Reboot Lauren led research and design engagements to reduce the number of open warrants in New York City, diversify volunteer contributions to Wikipedia, strengthen the global participatory budgeting movement, and launch an incubator for public procurement reformers. Lauren’s background has also included assessing the quality of education in Zambia for the World Bank and facilitating study abroad experiences in Pune, India.

Lauren holds an MFA in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts and graduated from American University with a BA in International Relations and minors in communications and graphic design.