Introducing Caylee Raber: Health Design Lab Director

After 4 years running the Health Design Lab and 7 years as a faculty member in the Communication Design department Jonathan Aitken has chosen to retire from Emily Carr University.  Jonathan was appointed Director of the Health Design Lab in the Fall of 2012. During his tenure as Lab Director he has led several hundred students on over 40 projects with dozens of industry partners.  He has been instrumental to the Lab’s success and will be greatly missed. Thank you Jonathan and we wish you well in your future endeavours.

Newly appointed as Director of the Health Design Lab is ECUAD MDes & BDes graduate Caylee Raber.  Caylee has been working at Emily Carr as both a researcher in the Health Design Lab and as a non-regular faculty member. She has researched the integration of design as a pedagogic approach within K-7 classrooms, with a focus on the benefits of design for children with learning differences, and has been involved as a designer and healthcare consultant in the the operations and transition planning in major hospital redevelopment projects in the US and Canada. In addition to her research and educator responsibilities at Emily Carr, Caylee is also a design-education consultant in elementary schools in BC.  Please join us in welcoming Caylee!


Integral to the Health Design Lab’s (HDL’s) research process and methodology, co-creation is an “act of collective creativity” in which the design researcher directly involves the end-user of a product in the design process.

Pacific Autism Family Centre: Autism Spectrum Disorder Research in BC

The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation and The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research have a vision to create a place where autism researchers and clinicians can come together and share findings with families. They’ve engaged the Health Design Lab (HDL) for a two-phase project that may aid in understanding the relationship between family needs and research, creating a family-centred framework for research in autism.



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