October 15, 2021

Event Recap | Theory to Practice: The Intersection of Human-Centered Design & Public Policy


During our fall 2021 Theory to Practice event, The Intersection of Human-Centered Design and Public Policy: How you can apply design-thinking principles to solve complex public challenges, our guests Rachael Cicero, Dr. Mark Childs, and Krissy Kimura explored the fundamental ideas and methods of human-centered design, shared applicable ideas and tools to help solve challenges you are facing in your own professional sphere, and shared their lived experience using design methodology for solving complex community challenges. Check out the recording and resources available below:



Rachael Cicero, is the City of Seattle’s civic designer. In her current role, she is responsible for spearheading research, engagement, and evaluation efforts for City programs and service delivery. Prior to joining the City of Seattle in 2019, Rachael spent over six years managing design and engineering work at companies such as Twitter and Seattle-based design consultancy, Artefact.

Mark Childs

Dr. Mark Childs, an Evans School alum, is a professor emeritus, writer, poet, and architect. Dr. Childs recently retired from serving as interim dean of architecture and planning at the University of New Mexico where he had been on the faculty for the last 26 years. An accomplished scholar and academic, he was also a senior Fulbright scholar in Cyprus in 2005 where he researched architectural development and civic space. Prior to that he worked as a planner and architect in Seattle.

Krissy Kimura is the Interim Assistant Director for the Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement at the University of Washington Tacoma. Previously based in Washington, DC, she was a contractor for the federal government under the General Services Administration on the Code.gov team and at the Department of Energy, where she worked as a User Experience Designer.