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ADW 2019 Presents: Trojan Horses & Systems Design

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Dell Medical School, Health Discovery Building Auditorium

1701 Trinity Street

Austin, TX 78701

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Austin Design Week 2019 Presents: Trojan Horses & Systems Design

Organized by: Design Institute for Health


Join us in delving into systems design and the trojan horse projects that are rooted in systems dysfunction. Enjoy a healthy lunch and a panel of health design leaders sharing examples and insights of systems design as a means of provoking change in health.

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 Facilitators:

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

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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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Parking & Transportation:

The Health Discovery Building (HDB) is a part of Dell Medical School on the University of Texas campus, located at 1701 Trinity Street. Parking is available in the Health Center Garage located at 1601 Trinity Street. The garage entrance is accessible on the east side of Trinity Street, just past the Trinity St. and 15th St. intersection. Once parked, take the north elevators to the lobby (level 1)—you will exit into the lobby of the Health Transformation Building (HTB). Once you have exited, you will be in the Health District Courtyard and facing the Health Discovery Building (HDB). Cross the courtyard to access the entrance (parallel to Trinity Street). There will be a sign-in table in the lobby of the HDB where you can access the auditorium.

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