SCUP 2018: Design Thinking for Creating Places That Foster Students’ Creative Confidence

SCUP 2018 Conference in Nashville

Workshop: Design Thinking for Creating Places That Foster Students’ Creative Confidence
Wednesday, July 18, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.







HGA Principal Richard Smith and Design Researcher Amin Mojtahedi lead this workshop with Ilya Avdeev, Associate Professor, Co-Founder and Co-Director of UWM Student Startup Challenge, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The presenters will highlight how universities and planners need to implement design methodologies that provide desirable, viable, and feasible solutions in highly ambiguous situations. Through interactive discussion, they will engage participants in a design-thinking process using a set of tools customized for envisioning places that equip students for success. Participants will leave equipped with design thinking as a methodology, toolbox, and mindset that helps develop empathy with diverse stakeholders and turn the ambiguity of “wicked problems” into opportunity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage diverse stakeholders to create solutions for students in a changing work and learning landscape.
  • Align feasibility and viability of solutions with individual and institutional goals and values.
  • Develop new values and create metrics for measuring the success of your solutions.
  • Deploy low-investment solutions for gauging outcomes before launching capital-intensive initiatives.

For more information, visit SCUP 2018.