Health and design – register for upcoming workshop and lecture

We are happy to announce that Jorge Frascara and Guillermina Noël from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, will visit the Bern University of the Arts (HKB) to present and discuss their work in the field of health and design.

Workshop “Wicked problem mapping in the health sector”

October 26th, 9:00–12:30 at HKB, Fellerstrasse 11, 3027 Bern, Room 229

Mapping is a very useful tool to identify factors, connections, conflicts, flows and opportunities in complex problems, such as those encountered in the health sector. The 3-hour workshop will include discussion of possibilities, hands-on exploration of concepts, and analysis of results, aiming at experimenting with the power of visualizations to understand complex problems and guide design actions.

As there are still some places available, we decided to open the workshop by Jorge Frascara and Guillermina Noël for other schools and are inviting students and junior design researchers to participate. 

Please register for free until 23.9. by emailing your name, institution and email address to

On the same day Jorge Frascara and Guillermina Noël will give a public lecture as part of the series “Forschungsmittwoch”. No registration needed. We look forward to meeting you there.

Public lecture “Health & Design: opportunities, challenges, and stories”

October 26th, 17:00 at HKB, Schwabstrasse 10, Multifunktionsraum

Around 2003, we started working in the intersection between two different sciences: health and design. We have noticed that healthcare practice has been and is changing, partly because society has changed, partly because complex interrelated factors have resulted in epidemics like obesity. Health providers, patients and families need to deal with multiple chronic disease management. Patients now have higher expectations about the care received and about their participation in their own health maintenance. Healthcare services are changing too, moving from the hospital to the community, from curing to enabling and adopting interprofessional and collaborative approaches to care.

In these years we have seen that the main challenge in health design collaborations is to arrive at implementable solutions. New expertise is needed to understand constraints, reduce frustrations, deal with unforeseeable issues, and arrive at positive outcomes.

We will describe three different projects to illustrate areas for collaboration, the skills necessary to work in health design, and some challenges to overcome.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizer Minou Afzali:

Please share this invitation with your students and register as soon as possible!