Creating for our comfort, providing for our existence, responding to the daily challenges that impact our lives, is a matter of Design. There has never been a more exciting or vital time for the presence of Design, and the need for “Humanism” in Design has never been more crucial to our future.
By focusing our talents and resources on the needs of each individual as equal, Designers have given birth to a new order: “Inclusivity By Design.” This "Design For All" philosophic challenge doesn’t simply ask “Why?” but rather, “Why not?”.
By invitation of PolyU Design and the "Design Economies" research initiative convened by Dr. Jörn Bühring, Designer and Gerontologist Dr. Patricia Moore will examine the potential for this new order by Design and explore the global opportunities for our lifespan autonomy.
About the Speaker
Patricia A Moore
President, MooreDesign Associates
Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years, Dr. Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age. With her body altered to simulate the normal sensory changes associated with aging, she was able to respond to people, products, and environments as an elder.
An international lecturer and author, Dr. Moore holds undergraduate degrees in Industrial & Environmental and Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, completion of Advanced Studies in Biomechanics at New York University’s Medical School & Rusk Institute, graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling and in Human Development (Social Gerontology) from Columbia University.
Moore was named by ID Magazine as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world and was selected in 2000, by a consortium of news editors and organizations, as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America. Syracuse University selected Moore for a 2012 Honorary Doctorate for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.” ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium.