Dr. Gayle Nicoll, former Dean of the Faculty of Design, is an architect, educator, academic administrator and internationally recognized environmental researcher and advocate for the design of healthy environments. Prior to joining OCADU, Dr. Nicoll was an Associate Professor at University of Texas at San Antonio where she served as Chair of the Department of Architecture, and a Professor at Ryerson University where she served as Program Director between 1992 and 2001.
On November 3, 2016, Lorna Ross, Director of Design at the Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic held a workshop in the new Design for Health student studio space for graduate students. Students had the unique opportunity to discuss their studio projects directly with Ms. Ross and gain valuable insight into the design process at one of the world’s leading health design centres. Ms. Ross shared her experiences and advice with students, discussing the practicalities of research in health care settings and tips on how to work effectively with stakeholders throughout the design process.
Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation fuses design principles with the scientific method to uncover human needs in the health care environment, which include empathy, creativity, systems thinking and a human-centered focus. Ross’s role directing the discovery and implementation of transformative, patient-centric care models places her at a critical intersection of design, science, technology and industry, allowing Mayo Clinic to speculate with confidence on the future of health and healthcare.
If you are interested in getting involved in any of the health related research projects, please contact faculty. There are some paid and some volunteer opportunities. These projects are in addition to studio project opportunities and may also be an option for internships in Summer term.
Jessica Ching (2009, Industrial Design) is profiled in the July issue of Chatelaine magazine. Ching is the inventor of Eve Kit, a product that allows women to screen themselves for sexually transmitted infections such as HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Women can take a swab at home with a specially-designed device and mail it in to a lab for testing. Results are available within a week via a confidential web site.
Ching says a third of women don’t get screened regularly for STIs. There is a variety of reasons including lack of time, no family physician and discomfort with the process of getting tested.
The kit started out as part of Ching’s Industrial Design thesis project. She then co-founded Eve Medical, one of the first companies to come out of OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst entrepreneurship and commercialization hub.
Eve Kit is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo, and it has already exceeded Ching’s crowdfunding goal.