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Design@Large Winter 2024

The Design@Large lecture series features distinguished academic, industry, and civic speakers in design.  The series aims to showcase the ever-evolving, interdisciplinary nature of design in a real-world context. These talks are open and free to the public.

The near future is clarifying itself. Over the coming decades, life will change as we know it on planet Earth. From climate instability to culture change, plagues of misinformation to global pandemics, human society faces more threats than at any other time in our history.  At the same time, humanity is newly equipped to adapt, with emerging tools like artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and social innovation that have the power to reverse the narrative of impending global disruption. The time is now for us to integrate these powerful new methods – to intentionally design a more Just and Resilient future together. 

The Resilience In A Changing World series will invite speakers to speculate on how we get from here to there, from our current inflection point to habitable futures where both our people and planet thrive amidst increasing uncertainty and change. Resilience In A Changing World is hosted by Eliah Aronoff-Spencer, the Center for Health Design ( and Resilient Collective ( 

Design@Larges talks are on Wednesdays (dates below), 4-5pm, in the Design and Innovation Building Room 208.


January 24 | Danica Vallone

Danica Vallone is founder and CEO of Red Hen Industries, a Los Angeles based design and fabrication firm for film, retail, and large scale experiential activations.

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January 31 | Andrew Hessel

Andrew Hessel is a scientist, communicator, and investor exploring the future of biology and biotechnology. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Center of Excellence for Engineering Biology and the Genome Project-write, the international scientific effort to design and build large genomes, including the human genome.

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February 14 | Rick Bright

Rick Bright is an immunologist, vaccine researcher, and public health official. He was the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority from 2016 to 2020.

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February 21 | Don Norman

Don Norman is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) and Founder and first Director of the Design Lab at the University of California, San Diego as well as co-founder and first chair of the Cognitive Science Department and prior to that, chair of Psychology.

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February 28 | Madeline Ashby

Madeline Ashby graduated from the first cohort of the M.Des. in Strategic Foresight and Innovation programme at OCADU in 2011. It was her second Masters degree. (Her first, in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on cyborg theory, fan culture, and Japanese animation!)

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March 13 | Linda A. Hill

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership and innovation.

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Past Design@Large Events

Fall 2023 Series

Spring 2023 Series

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