Rank: Associate Professor
Qualifications: BES University of Waterloo, MEDes University of Calgary
Initial NSCAD appointment: 2005
Glen Hougan is an industrial/product and service designer whose background is in the area of human factors, user experience, product development, and design thinking. His research and work in the area of design for health and ageing has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, the PBS series Life Part 2, ABC's Good Morning America’s Health Watch, CBC's radio program Spark, and in the textbook Seeing Sociology. He is a proponent of integrative design and advocate for design thinking in healthcare. His current research focuses around designing for dignity and ageism in design.
He is principal of Wellspan Research and Design. This design consultancy focuses on healthcare issues. Recent clients include the Mayo Clinic, Herman Miller Corp, and Carex Brands (Uplift Technologies).
Prior to coming to NSCAD in 2005, he taught Industrial and Interaction Design at Syracuse University.
Mayo Clinic's Research Fellowship in Healthcare Innovations (2012)
Center for Innovation (CFI), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Awarded a fellowship at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation.
Sun Life Financial Chair in Design for Health & Aging (2010)
Awarded the Sun Life Financial Chair in Design in Health and Aging. This is one of three chairs the insurance company Sun Life funds across Canada.
Presidents NSCAD Faculty Research and Creative Practice Grant (2009)
Recipient of the University’s faculty research and creative practice grant to support ongoing work in developing an empathy/ageing suit and in researching ageism.
RECENT SELECTED ACTIVITIES (presentations, workshops and papers)
2015Healthcare: what's design got to do with it? 2nd Annual Research and Innovation in Health Care Forum, Nova Scotia Health Authority (Halifax, N.S, 2015).
IDEA Product Development Bootcamp. Co lead in this six week product development (industrial design, engineering, business) workshop at the Waterfront Design Studio (Halifax, N.S, 2015).
Design for an ageing population (guest speaker), Newell Rubbermaid Design Center, (Kalamazoo, MI., 2015).
Using design to solve healthcare problems (guest). Information Morning, CBC radio (Halifax, N.S., 2015)
Universal Design and Technology (guest). Zoomer Television (Toronto, Ont. 2015)
Designing for Dementia (lunch keynote), Shifting Focus in Dementia Care Conference, Alzheimer Society (Dartmouth, N.S, 2015).
Designing for Ability (keynote for World Disabilities Day), Federal Department of Defence (Halifax, N.S, 2015) .
Design for health: NSCAD's Design Lab for Health and Aging, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Center, Dalhousie University Academic Rounds (Halifax, N.S, 2015).
Designing for Dignity (keynote), Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
Research Breakfast, (Halifax, N.S, 2015).
Ageism: designs last prejudice, 19th DMI International Design Management Research Conference Proceedings (London, 2014)
Data Cave to Word Cloud: visualizing new experiences, HPCS: High Performance Computing Symposium (Halifax, N,S., 2014).
2013Senior-centered adaptations: product hacking in the home (paper), IDSA International Education Symposium (Chicago, 2013).
Redesigning healthcare: transformation through design thinking, Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership, Canadian Medical Association (Vancouver, 2013).
Healthcare Innovation: Mayo’s Healthy Aging and Independent Living (HAIL) initiative, Geriatric Academic Rounds, Capital Health (Halifax, N.S., 2013).
2012Senior Centre Adaptations: the assistive environment, Robert and Arlene Kogad Lecture Series, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN., 2012).
Health care by design – innovation through design thinking, National Health Leadership Conference (Halifax, 2012).
Design Narratives, Ageing Connects, 11th Global Conference on Ageing, (Prague, 2012)
Impact of image: designers and ageism, (paper) IDSA International Education Symposium (New Orleans, 2011).
See Academia U for a complete list of papers/workshops presentations.