Architecture 24, Section 1

Design Thinking and Innovation (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor W. Mike Martin
Tuesday 1:00-3:00, 270 Wurster Hall, Class number: 20649

Design thinking and innovation are key drivers of success for many of today’s leading industries, companies, institutions, and individuals. At the center of these activities are processes of knowledge application and skills referred to as design thinking. This type of thinking is nested in a rich history of forms of inquiry and research paradigms. This course will explore the relationship of design thinking to other forms of thinking strategies, as well as connect thinking to the actions of innovation. Much of our future progress, both today and in the years to come, will result from a culture of creative innovation. One of the attributes of a creative culture is the use of design action embedded in other forms of inquiry to unlock the importance and potential of our current challenges, e.g. climate change, social justice, technology innovations, urban and housing options. Design action represents a powerful set of methods to engage these everyday challenges from the perspective of almost any discipline or profession. The course will focus on ways of thinking as they relate to changing our environment, our organizations, our discipline, etc. In addition, the course will illustrate some of the characteristics of career paths that are at the center of design thinking and innovation.

Instructor Bio

Professor W. Mike Martin has been at UCB for the past 29 years in the Architecture Department of the College of Environmental Design. He served as the Undergraduate Dean of CED for eleven years and completed a three-year term as Chair of the Architecture Department. Just before retiring, he served as the University of California Systems Education Abroad Director for Scandinavia from 2006-2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark. His teaching and research have focused on the study of the practices of design thinking, collaborative design, work-studies of practice, and storytelling/narrative as a means of knowledge transfer between practice and the academic communities.

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Because of the short length of this seminar, no student may enroll in the seminar after October 7, 2022.