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April Design Thinking Breakfast with Edson G. Cabalfin and Lesley-Ann Noel

April 30 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am

April Design Thinking Breakfast with Edson G. Cabalfin and Lesley-Ann Noel

April 30 | 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact.

Join our last design thinking breakfast of the semester for a casual conversation between Lesley-Ann Noel and Edson Cabalfin as they talk about decolonizing design in and out of the classroom.

Have some ideas you want to share? Have questions you want to explore about decolonizing design? We can’t wait to see you there!

The Taylor Center’s monthly Design Thinking (DT) Breakfast is a space to build community among those using design, design thinking, and related methods for social impact with some local flavor, particularly from the greater New Orleans area and the Gulf South.

About the Hosts

Lesley-Ann Noel, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice, Lesley-Ann Noel will teach design thinking courses for the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Minor and build Taylor’s capacity for design thinking education through facilitations, consultations, and trainings.

Before joining Taylor, Noel was part of the 2018-2019 Ocean Design Teaching Fellowship, a cohort of fellows that brought deep experience in design, ocean science and international policy. The Ocean Design Teaching Fellow program is co-hosted with the Stanford d.school, where she also served as a lecturer. In her professional practice, she draws on the fields of design, anthropology, business and education to create product development and business strategy with stakeholders. Her research practice is guided by an emancipatory philosophy. Noel focuses on developing design curriculum for non-traditional audiences and promoting the work of designers outside of Europe and North America. She has exhibited work at design exhibitions in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Brazil, Germany, France and the USA. She has presented peer-reviewed papers at design conferences in the Caribbean, the US, the UK and India.

Noel completed her Ph.D. in Design at North Carolina State University in 2018. Her Ph.D. research focused on design thinking at a rural primary school in Trinidad and Tobago. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of the West Indies and a bacharelado (equivalent to bachelor’s degree) in industrial design from Universidade Federal do Paraná. Lesley-Ann is a former Fulbright Scholar and a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.

Edson G. Cabalfin, Ph.D., is an educator, architect, designer, curator, and historian. He is the newly appointed Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the School of Architecture at Tulane University, where he concurrently serves as Director of the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Program and Professor of Practice in Design Thinking.

In 2017-2018, He was the Curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. He received his Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 2012. Under a Fulbright Fellowship, he obtained his Master of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) in 2003. Edson’s research in the last two decades has focused on the interdisciplinary and transnational intersections of architecture history and theory, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, Southeast Asian studies, spatial justice, public interest design, and heritage conservation. In the last five years, Edson has been involved in various social innovation and design thinking projects and initiatives. At the University of Cincinnati, he organized a foreign-study program in Southeast Asia with a design studio focusing on typhoon Haiyan disaster recovery in Leyte, Philippines. From 2016 to 2018, he was faculty fellow at Live Well Collaborative, University of Cincinnati’s design thinking-based and multi-disciplinary innovation center, leading projects on health, wellness, and aging-in-place. He was a consultant with the non-profit organization Village Life Outreach Project conducting participatory design thinking workshops with three rural villages in Tanzania. He also conducted several design thinking workshops with faculty and administrators of Sycamore High School and Winton Woods High School of the Cincinnati Public School system.

A licensed and registered architect in the Philippines, Edson also runs his design consultancy Talyer Kayumanggi/Brown Workshop, based in Cincinnati and Manila, with projects in architecture, interior design, set design, costume design, fashion design, exhibition design, graphic design, and design strategy in North America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in the last 25 years. You can find more information about his professional work by visiting brownworkshop.net.

About DT Breakfast

  • These casual events will be moving to an online format until further notice … and breakfasts will be BYOC – ‘Bring your own coffee’.
  • The goal is to learn from each other. The format will evolve as we learn, together, what might be most valuable (and enjoyable!) to us all. Breakfasts will include both time to mingle and one or two quick activities to foster knowledge-sharing or community-building.

The DT breakfasts are open to all. No DT experience is required.

  • Come with an open heart and mind and prepare to learn and share with others in the local, regional, and international DT community.
  • Please invite anyone who would enjoy both sharing with and learning from other practitioners and educators in the greater New Orleans area, the Gulf South, and connecting with other people in the local, regional and international design thinking community.
  • When: One Friday each month from 8am – 9am CST.
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: nford@tulane.edu