Doctor of Design Immersion Week and Symposium – Fall 2019

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Doctor of Design Immersion Week and Symposium – Fall 2019

August 11 - August 17

Doctor of Design Symposium

Please save the date for the next Doctor of Design (DDes) Immersion Week, to be held from Sunday, August 11 through Saturday, August 17!  The Doctor of Design program will welcome its second cohort of students to campus where they will join continuing DDes students for a week of intensive programming.

Culminating the Immersion Week activities will be the Second Annual Doctor of Design Symposium, which will be held on Friday, August 16 from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm in Burns Auditorium.  A poster presentation led by our second-year students will precede the symposium from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in Brooks Hall Main Gallery.  Please be sure to mark your calendars to hold the date for the poster presentation and symposium.  All are also invited to join us for a reception following the events.

Scheduled Panelists

First Panel: SERVICE DESIGN—Social Innovation Strategies for Change

Patrick McGowan
Patrick McGowan

B2B Service Innovation and Portfolio Manager, The Service Design Group, LLC.
Mr. McGowan is a service design, management, and innovation specialist. Founder and managing principal of The Service Design Group, McGowan has created the premier service design consultancy in the US, which provides Service Innovation and Portfolio Management as a service to industry-leading business-to-business enterprises.

McGowan has a blended background in user experience and strategic management and holds a Bachelor of Art and Design from NC State’s College of Design and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has developed innovative experiences across multiple industries and is recognized with over 20 patents.

McGowan is regularly featured as a speaker in the US and Europe on customer experience and service design. In addition to his professional work, McGowan teaches and lectures on service innovation and management at leading design and MBA programs.

Dana Weston
President and CEO, UNC Rockingham Health Care
Weston serves as President of UNC Rockingham Health Care, providing inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and long-term care to the residents of Rockingham County and Southern Virginia. As President, Weston is responsible for strategic vision, daily operations, and overall system growth. Before joining UNC Rockingham, Weston was the CEO of Morehead Memorial Hospital where, after several turnaround initiatives, she successfully led the hospital through bankruptcy and preserved the rural community’s largest employer. Prior to Morehead, Weston was the Director of Operations for Adept Health where she developed hospital partnership models. Her consulting expertise includes strategic planning, physician alignment, process improvement, and change management.

Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Dana received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.). Weston has been awarded the Triad Business Journal 40 Leaders Under 40, Emory University Alumni Forty Under 40, and the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Young Executive of the Year.

Kevin FitzGerald
Kevin FitzGerald

Interim Director, UNCTV + Doctor of Design Student
(former chief of staff for UNC system, UNC Health Care & School of Medicine, and Director of Social Services NC-HHS)
Since retiring from the University of North Carolina System as Senior Vice President, Kevin FitzGerald has served as Interim Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education System, Interim General Manager of UNC-TV, and is a faculty member of the UNC Department of Family Medicine. He worked at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he started the Center for Public Technology at the School of Government and served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor, and Vice Dean for Finance and Administration and Chief of Staff at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System.


Second Panel: PLACE MAKING—Spatial and Environmental Design Strategies for Change

Scott Levitan
President and CEO, The Research Triangle Foundation
Scott Levitan leads the Research Triangle Foundation as its CEO & President. He has over 30 years of experience working in mixed-use development, with an emphasis on university-related research parks.  Formerly, Scott was Vice President of Forest City Realty Trust and Development Director for the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins and the New East Baltimore Community. There, he oversaw a $1.5 billion mixed-use initiative directly adjacent to The Johns Hopkins University medical campus. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Real Estate Development for Georgia Institute of Technology. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of Technology Square, a 1.6 million-square-foot development initiative in Midtown Atlanta.

Scott holds a master’s degree in urban design from Harvard University, a master’s in conservation studies from the University of York in York, England, and a bachelor’s in architecture from Louisiana State University.

Paul Morris
Paul Morris

Mission Maker, MCP Foundation Inc.
Mr. Morris has 30 years of experience in strategic consulting and executive management, including Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Mr. Morris has worked on projects of national significance, such as the World Trade Center Memorial in New York, the Columbine High School Memorial, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Recently, Morris served as the President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), a seminal undertaking to expand and improve transportation mobility and connectivity along the Interstate 75/85 freeway midtown connector. Under his leadership, the 15,000 acre Atlanta BeltLine initiative received numerous accolades, including Best Rehabilitation Project from the International Real Estate Federation; gold and silver awards from the International Economic Development Council; EPA’s Phoenix Award for Region 4; and dozens of industry awards.

A Fellow with the American Society of Landscape Architects, Morris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University in Innovations in Planning and Development. Georgia Trend identified Mr. Morris as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians two years in a row and Atlanta Business Chronicle honored him as one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans.

Katherine Peele
Katherine Peele

Executive Vice President, LS3P Associates Ltd.
Katherine Peele, FAIA, is an architect and serves as Chief Practice Officer, Vice President and Principal for LS3P, a southeast-region based architecture, planning and interior design firm.  A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects since 2003, she served as president of AIA North Carolina in 2000. In 2009, she was awarded the AIA NC William Deitrick Service Medal for outstanding service to the profession. In 2017, she was appointed to the North Carolina Board of Architecture for a five-year term.

Katherine serves on LS3P’s Board of Directors, helping to guide the vision and direction of the firm.  As former Office Leader for the Raleigh office, Katherine has designed and managed a wide variety of projects including academic, civic, corporate and healthcare. Having received her Bachelor of Architecture from NC State University in 1988, she was Valedictorian of her graduating class.

Katherine chairs the Membership Committee for the College of Design’s Leaders Council.


More information about the Doctor of Design program can be found here.  We look forward to having you join us as we welcome the new and returning DDes student cohort to campus!

Please RSVP for the Symposium using the form below


August 11
August 17
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