Care, Reconsidered

Patricia Beirne & John Bruce

Design researchers and innovators Patricia Beirne and John Bruce investigate the day-to-day lived experience of caregiving and getting, both within institutions and at home. Through their work, they’ve come to expand their definition of caregiving and begin considering how transforming our relationship with the end of life might impact our priorities of care throughout life.

About the Speaker

As the Creative Lead of the Design Innovation Group at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Patricia Beirne leads a team of design strategists to transform the experience and delivery of cancer care for patients, families and staff through the design of services, environments and digital tools. She is also an Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design, where she co-teaches the MFA studio, Design for Living and Dying, which explores how systems-oriented design can be used to understand and transform expectations and behaviors around the profoundly human experiences of disease and dying in order to inform a more expansive vision of care throughout our lives.

John Bruce is a filmmaker, designer and educator. He is Assistant Professor of Strategic Design at Parsons School of Design and serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot. He is a Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School. His most recent film, The End of Life, premiered at Doclisboa International Film Festival in October.