February 7, 2020

Patrick Whitney

Mr. Whitney is widely regarded as a thought leader for pioneering the notions of human-centered design and strategic design. He conducts executive seminars and advises many organizations including Aetna, BP, Godrej & Boyce (Mumbai), Proctor & Gamble, SC Johnson, Texas Instruments, and government agencies in Denmark, Hong Kong, India, and the UK.

As professor in residence, Mr. Whitney applies design methods and frameworks to seemingly intractable public health problems, while expanding human-centered design to contribute to scholarship and the educational mission of the School.

Mr. Whitney earned his bachelor of fine arts in visual communication design at the University of Alberta, followed by a master of fine arts in design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Whitney was appointed associate professor and chair of the Division of Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1979. Five years later, he was appointed associate professor and head of communication design at the Institute of Design. In 1987, he was appointed professor and director, and then dean of ID.