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8 Views: What Is Design Thinking?

OpenGrounds recently hosted a program, Design Thinking Pecha Kucha, which brought together multidisciplinary faculty to share notes on how they're using design thinking to advance work in their respective areas of academic expertise. To help give the program a well-designed look, intern Jennifer Tran (3rd year, Architecture and Sustainability) created a series of slides for the faculty presenters. 

Seen: November Events at OpenGrounds

To recap: November events at OpenGrounds raised provocative and unusual questions that delved into global politics, pop culture, and the status of design thinking at UVA. Thanks to Hack Cville and the Fralin Museum of Art, OpenGrounds' white walls were brought to life with art exhibitions and music by the UVA Viola Ensemble filled the air. All photos taken by Scott Miller except where noted. 

Seen: October Events at OpenGrounds

Looking back at OpenGrounds' October events, the calendar reflects a broad range of talks, classes, meetings, and readings. However, it was the evening performances that really lit up the space. Check out a few highlights, as photographed by OpenGrounds intern Scott Miller. 

Grounded: Humans of OpenGrounds - Dominick Giovanniello


A recipient of the prestigious Boren scholarship to study abroad in Jordan last year, Dom knows a bit about connecting, collaborating and creating. He is a fourth year studying Global Security and Justice and Arabic. I sat down with him in our first edition of Grounded: Humans of OpenGrounds, to discuss his passions, time in Jordan and what excites him about OpenGrounds.


UVA Creativity and Innovation Highlighted at ACCelerate Festival

From October 13–15 UVA will be participating in the ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C. As an effort to think beyond an athletic conference as the only common denominator, this festival is focused on presenting the wealth of creativity and innovation that is taking place at all the ACC Schools.

OpenGrounds Hosts UVA Medical Design

Today at OpenGrounds, UVA Medical Design had the first of a series of design thinking workshops. Matt Trowbridge, Associate Professor at UVA School of Medicine and David Chen, Program Director at UVA-Coulter led the workshop. The session tackled a set of human centered design principles and focused on developing proficiency in skills that are essential for medical designers. The event was lively and students came up with some very interesting ideas using design thinking.

Anson Parker

A Humans of OpenGrounds Feature by Thrisha Potluri

Whether it’s a short-lived stint running for City Council, managing a furniture and carpentry venture, or building websites for the University’s libraries, Anson Parker is a regular fixture in the Charlottesville community.  A jack-of-all-trades, Parker is also a frequenter of OpenGrounds. Perhaps you’ve seen him around or his creations — the podium made out of a tree stump or the disconcerting coffee mug tree constructed from discarded railway nails and spikes.