Samar Héchaimé joins MEX founder Marek Pawlowski for a special discussion – recorded with a live web audience – exploring how we might transform our post-pandemic systems and organisations by putting people at the heart of future strategy. Drawing on deep cross-cultural experience – from the Middle East to the United States – and disciplines from architecture and digital services to consulting and innovation, Samar’s career has given her a unique perspective on balancing collective and individual design needs. Samar and Marek discuss projects ranging from wayfinding in airports to shaping the people-centred, holistic strategy of the Princess Noura University in Saudi Arabia.
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On this edition
- Samar Héchaimé, Co-founder, Agora Envisioning (@shechaime)
- Marek Pawlowski, podcast host & founder, MEX (@marekpawlowski)
- Bauhaus, mentioned by Samar as an example of teaching philosophy early in her design education.
- Wayfinding, mentioned by Samar in reference to her early work.
- Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, a book by Victor Papanek, mentioned by Samar as an early influence.
- Bureau Mijksenaar, where Samar worked on projects such as wayfinding at Schipol Airport and Oogziekenhuis (The Eye Hospital).
- Perkins Will, the architecture practice in Chicago where Samar worked.
- The Princess Noura University in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, where Samar worked on shaping the experience design.
- The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, and subsequent amendment of 2008, mentioned by Samar in relation to how regulation influences design.
What do you think? Post your comments!
In addition to the interview with Samar, this edition of the MEX podcast was intended to prompt discussion in the community. In particular, Samar and I asked participants to consider a core question:
“Which of the many systems supporting our way of life have you become more aware of during the pandemic and how might we imagine changing them for the better with the principles of user-centred design?”
We’d love to hear your views on this or any other issue you’ve been thinking about on this theme.
Please post your thoughts in the comments section on the original livestream page so we can keep them together and encourage conversation in the community (you can also reach me and Samar by email if you’d prefer to discuss in private).
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