Sunday, September 11, 2011


elee 2004

"Design Thinking refers to the methods and processes for investigating ill-defined problems, acquiring information, analyzing knowledge, and positing solutions in the design and planning fields. As a style of thinking, it is generally considered the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context. While design thinking has become part of the popular lexicon in contemporary design and engineering practice, as well as business and management, its broader use in describing a particular style of creative thinking-in-action is having an increasing influence on twenty-first century education across disciplines. In this respect, it is similar to systems thinking in naming a particular approach to understanding and solving problems."

Five years at OCAD University guided my understanding on the meaning of thinking. The final core project to graduate represents the beginning of my design career. Inspired by Autism, the thesis spoke about a perception on today's human behaviors in the urban context. Isolation vs. socialization came to be the primary focus on the architectural exploration of design thinking.

Concept model / Thesis Core Project
OCAD University