Lucy Kimbell

Lucy Kimbell

“Studios for Society? How Design Schools Can Reconfigure Public Matters”

Lucy Kimbell is director of the Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London. She is associate fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford where she has been teaching design on the MBA since 2005. During 2014-15 Lucy was AHRC design research fellow embedded in Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office of the UK government. She has written widely on design thinking and design for service. With Guy Julier (University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum) she has led two projects for the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council which first mapped “social” design and then prototyped new kinds of design-oriented, cross-disciplinary research oriented towards societal issues. Lucy’s book, “Service Innovation Handbook”, was published in 2014. Lucy originally studied B.Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology at Warwick University, then MA Computing in Art and Design at Middlesex, followed by a PhD in Design at Lancaster. Based in London, she has lived and worked in Sudan, Spain and Poland.

In this lecture Lucy will revisit the studio, the core site for art and design practices. With increasing interest in policy circles in experimentation to address complex social issues, design thinking and service design are held up as practices that can help unlock creativity and generate solutions. Drawing on examples including the UK government’s Policy Lab and in local government, Lucy will explore what studio-like practices offer to service designers and policy innovators. She will reflect on the implications for design institutions – how they teach, how they research and who they think their publics are.

Lucy’s lecture will take place Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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