Design Thinking for Planning

Alaska Chapter of APA


Monday, November 14, 2016, 4:28 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:28 p.m. AKST

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Design Thinking is a methodology used by planners and designers to solve complex problems and inspire innovative solutions. It draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning to explore possibilities of what could be, and to create plans based on the experiences of the client or end user community. It relies on quickly prototyping solutions and getting feedback for a dynamic and iterative process of creative designing. This process focuses on needfinding, understanding, creating, thinking, and doing.


Karen Umemoto

Invited Speaker

Karen Umemoto, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She received her doctorate from MIT in urban studies and her master’s degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA. Her research focuses on issues of planning and governance in ... Read More

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