RSD3 Program Committee

Conference Chairs

Peter_jones_small   Peter Jones

Dr. Jones is associate professor at Toronto’s OCAD University, a senior researcher in the Strategic Innovation Lab and teaches Systemic Design and Research Methods in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes program.  Peter is an innovation research consultant and founded the Redesign Network in 2001 to advance human-centred practices in professions, organizations, and service systems. The Redesign Network conducts design and research studies to invent and mobilize strategic and service innovations. Peter has designed market-leading information services in healthcare, scientific, and legal practice, and advises organizations on service design, innovation strategy and competency building.

Peter received his Ph.D. from the Union Institute (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Design and Innovation Management, and received an M.A. in Human Factors from the University of Dayton (Ohio). He is Canadian director of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, the network Dialogic Design for helping social, public and corporate organizations with democratic, socially-responsive approaches to complex societal and multi-stakeholder problems. He founded (2008) and coordinates the Design with Dialogue  community of practices for educating and developing competence in community and organizational co-creation.

Dr. Jones wrote the book Design for Care: Innovating Healthcare Experience (2013, Rosenfeld Media) to help designers, clinicians, and organizations deliver systemically relevant solutions to the emerging problems of multidisciplinary healthcare services and the complexity of modern care. His previous books include We Tried to Warn You (Nimble Books, 2008) and Team Design (McGraw-Hill, 1998).  Peter’s books, publications and online work are listed at

Twitter: @redesign @designforcare


alex_ryan_web    Alex Ryan

Dr. Alex Ryan is a systemic designer, researching through praxis at the intersection of systems thinking and design. Dr. Alex Ryan is co-founder of the boutique consultancy Design Systemics and has worked as both a management consultant and public servant for the past 15 years applying systemic design to regional, national, and global challenges. Dr. Alex Ryan has taught operational and strategic design at the U.S. School of Advanced Military Studies, and helped to institutionalize design within Western militaries, working with clients such as U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Australian Special Operations Command, and the Canadian Forces College. Dr. Alex Ryan has led the application of systemic design within the Government of Alberta to address diverse issues such as environmental monitoring, energy diversification, and early childhood development. His dissertation in applied mathematics advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.


Birger_Sevaldson     Birger Sevaldson

Birger Sevaldson is professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is member of the OCEAN design research association. He is trained as an interior architect and furniture designer and he has been practicing in various fields of design, including architecture and interior design, furniture design, industrial design and art based projects. He has a PhD in creative design computing and has been researching systems thinking in design for the last ten years. He is central in the development of Systems Oriented Design and his research focus is to develop systems oriented design thinking and practice for meeting the increased challenges of globalisation and the need for sustainability.  He publishes in various themes including Systems Oriented Design, creativity,  and research by design.

Birger Sevaldson has founded this website and he has coined the term Systems Oriented Design and leads the development of this research area at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.


Program committe

manub&w     Manuela Aguirre

Manuela Aguirre is a PhD fellow at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design researching the role of Systems and Service Oriented Design in the Public Sector.  She is also dedicated part-time to the Systems Oriented Design course this fall semester 2013.  Before starting her PhD studies, Manuela was working in the intersection between health care and design thinking at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  As a service designer within Mayo Clinic´s Center for Innovation´s group, she worked on a diverse range of projects, spanning from practice redesign, experimenting with different outpatient care models to visioning activities with Mayo Clinic leadership on defining what is the future of Connected Care – and how will Mayo Clinic position itself in that new space.

Manuela has participated in the Global Service Jam twice, first by being a “jammer” in Oslo and then by co-hosting the Twin Cities first Global Service Jam in 2013.

Coming from an integrated design background, Manuela has progressively been more engaged in the Design for Social Innovation work and researching minority social groups.  Her Master Thesis, Designing for Dignity, done in collaboration with Jan Kristian Strømsnes, addressed the needs of a Sexual Assault Survivor (SAS) throughout their medical and legal care, by designing a holistic spectrum of system interventions.  In 2013, Designing for Dignity received the Young Talent Award given by the Norwegian Design Council and the Core77 Service Design Student Runner-Up recognition.


Nelson-bw   Harold Nelson

Dr. Harold Nelson is a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science at the University of Montana. He was the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was an affiliated Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington and has recently worked in research for the NSF funded center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments at the University of Washington, Stanford University and SRI.

He is a past-president and a trustee of the International Society for Systems Science. For over twelve years Dr. Nelson was the head of the Graduate Programs in Whole Systems Design at Antioch University. He is also the co-founding Director and President of the Advanced Design Institute, a not-for-profit. He is the owner of the design consulting firm, Harold Nelson, LLC. A licensed architect in California, Dr. Nelson worked for several years as an assistant regional architect for Region Five of the U.S. Forest Service.

As a consultant, Dr. Nelson has worked with a variety of organizations, including: non-profits and corporations, state and federal agencies, international governments, and the United Nations, and continues to work as an educator, consultant, and researcher in the field of organizational systems design where he brings both design thinking and systems science to the study of organizations and innovation.

Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Social Systems Design, graduating with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Master of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University. Dr. Nelson studied architecture at the Technical University in Helsinki, Finland where in addition he studied ceramic design at the Athenaeum Fine Arts Academy.

In 2004, “The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World; Foundations and Fundamentals of Design Competence”, a book co-authored with Dr. Erik Stolterman, received the Outstanding Book of the Year award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.


Organizing committee @ AHO

Primary contact: Linda Blaasvær  linblaa@gmail.cim

Birger Sevaldson

Manuela Aguirre