2020: Design for Crisis in Crisis

Design for Crisis in Crisis
June 15, 2020, 12:00-1:00pm

In conjunction with San Francisco Design Week  

This panel brings together leaders in sustainable design who are tackling issues related to the interconnected crisis we are living – climate, wild fire, health, racial justice and more.  As we find ourselves amidst a global pandemic we must take action now and into the future.   Learn how leading thinkers and designers are designing in crisis, for crisis.


Terry Irwin (she/her) is the Director of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2009 until 2019 she was the Head of School. Terry has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Her research is in Transition Design, a new area of design study, practice and research that argues for societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Terry, along with Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise developed Transition Design and integrated into programs and curricula at the School of Design in 2014.  Terry and her collaborators have been working on COVID-19 research through the lens of Transition Design.  Find more of Terry’s research on Academia.edu.


Lou Downe  (they/them) is the author of Good Services, and the Director of Housing and Land transformation for the UK Government, based at Homes England.  In 2014 they founded a £5m programme of work at the Government Digital Service to transform public services in the UK and establish the discipline of service design in Government. Lou was vote one of the UK’s top 50 creative leaders by creative review and one of world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical. Lou helped organize  10 principles for design in a crisis during the current COVID-19 crisis.

This event is organized and moderated by Rachel Beth Egenhoefer (she/her), Professor of Design and Chair of the Department of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco.  She teaches courses on Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design, Design Activism Community Engaged Learning and others. She is the editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design.