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Manuela Aguirre


Manuela Aguirre is a designer researching the role of design in empowering people to innovate public services — with a particular interest in a systemic approach to health and wellbeing.  Her PhD studies are supported by two strategic groups at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)  — Systems Oriented Design (SOD) and Design for Public Services (DOT). Her design background is in Integrated Design from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where she focused on product and interaction design along with social anthropology. Her project Designing for Dignity (co-authored by Jan Kristian Strømsnes) received several recognitions like Core77 2013 Service Design Student Runner Up and The Norwegian Young Talent Design Award.  She was part of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation design team in Rochester, Minnesota.  There she had the opportunity to work in practice redesign and experiment with different care models (by involving patients and medical staff) and strategic visioning work (by involving health leaders).  She now lives in Oslo, Norway and is happy to connect with people that are interested in design for healthcare innovation, specially if it involves a systemic approach that relates individual experiences to large-scale policies.

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OBSERVATORY: Design for Care (04.24.14)

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