- November 23, 2021
On November 12th, Andrew King traveled to the University of Toronto to speak to the Global Executive MBA for Healthcare and Life Sciences class from the Rotman School of Management. The students were participating in a one-week intensive cohort that explored the business impact of placing patients at the centre of strategic design. Over the course of the week, students crafted an innovation brief, led field research and provided a design solution.
“Designing in the healthcare space is a moving target. The rooms you design today will be out of date by the time a hospital is built. You must apply fluid measuring devices and platforms to ensure that you are successful. One form of measurement is whether a hospital is able to respond to change. Can equipment easily move in and out of a room? Are you left with big pieces of architecture that you can no longer use over time?”
For Professor Angèle Beausoleil, Academic Director of the Business Design Initiative, Lemay was an ideal guest speaker for the program. “Lemay has been an amazing collaborator as they are in the business of design. Their approach, as well as their research arm, is rooted in design thinking, methodologies, strategies and business models,” Dr. Beausoleil said.
Andrew spoke to students about how design research can be applied in a research lab, such as FLDWRK, through projects that are seeking to address healthcare design challenges. He also detailed his work as the competition and design concept leader on the CHUM, arguably one of the most important hospitals in North America.
Within FLDWRK, Lemay’s research and design collective that investigates the current systemic transitions in society, Andrew King is currently leading five research streams with over a dozen collaborations with universities, foundations, communities, commercial and institutional organizations for the projection of a positive future.
Learn more about our past collaborations with the Rotman School of Management, here.