The Taylor Center is proud to announce that Liz Ogbu, the first Taylor Fellows Expert-in-Residence, will host a public lecture on November 9, 2015 at Tulane University, School of Architecture at 6pm. A reception will be held at 5:15pm in the Favrot Lobby of Richardson Memorial Hall. This event is free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, AIA New Orleans, and Forum Tulane. AIA credits will be offered for this lecture.
In her Tulane lecture, Liz Ogbu will share stories from some of her projects and insights about how we can all work to create impact by design. How can we create dignity though design? How can we use design to tackle wicked social problems? From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Ogbu has long worked with communities in need to leverage the power of design to deliver social impact.
A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Ogbu is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. She is founder and principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design and innovation firm, as well as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s d.school.
Ogbu’s previous roles include first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts, Innovator-in-Residence through the inaugural IDEO.org Fellowship, and Design Director at the nonprofit Public Architecture. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards globally. She has also written for and been profiled in publications such as the Boston Globe, Metropolis, Core 77, and the Journal of Urban Design. Her honors include Aspen Ideas Scholar, Next City Vanguard, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.
How can we combine the hard skills of design and the soft skills of humanity? How can we be expert citizens, but also citizen experts? How can we utilize design-thinking to develop socially innovative solutions for communities in need? Liz Ogbu answers some of those questions in the video below: