SOUR Talks on Challenging Conventional Thinking: Human Centered Design

April 14, 2021

The traditional focus of designers has been on budget, performance, and aesthetic without sufficient thought to the human experience, health and well-being. In other words, we are creating buildings for people, but rarely are we designing with their best interests in mind. In this panel discussion we will be asking how the industry can re-formulate its approach for more human-centric outcomes.


Moderator: Osman Hussein(Associate Analyst at Buro Happold) – Osman is part of the specialists analytics group at Buro Happold, and uses a variety of computational tools to solve design questions.

Amy Eyler(Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis) – As a professor at Washington University, Amy leads research which promotes thorough study, consideration, and evaluation of human factors in the design. In particular, Amy was instrumental on Buro Happold

Pinar Guvenc(Partner at SOUR) – Pinar leads a creative team of researchers, architects, and designers at SOUR Studio who tackle a wide range of challenging topics in architecture and urban design with a fresh perspective. Check out their podcast, What’s Wrong With… for a variety of topics they’ve studied.

Phillip Bernstein(Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct at Yale University) – Phillip is an architect, technologist, author and educator who has taught at the School of Architecture since 1988. He was formerly a Vice President at Autodesk, architect at Pelli Clarke Pelli, and is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

Adam Griff(Managing Director at Brightspot Strategy) – Adam works in strategy across higher education, healthcare, and cities to improve the everyday experience in the complex public sectors.  The team at Brightspot Strategy has recently joined Buro Happold where they’ll continue to provide their impactful strategic consulting services.

About the organiser: Buro Happold

Buro Happold is an international, integrated engineering consultancy operating in 24 locations worldwide, with 60 partners and over 1,900 employees including some of the world’s leading consultants and engineers. For over 40 years we’ve been building our reputation for delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever changing world.

Watch a recording of the panel discussion here:


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