The Centre for Conscious Design

The Lighthouse – CCD Opening Event

April 17, 2024 – 5:00 pm
11:00 am
5:00 pm
8:30 pm
12:30 am (April 18)
Recordings (available to CCD Members)

The Centre for Conscious Design is relaunching! 

We are proud to announce an opening event that will begin a CCD tradition, a celebration of inquiry, curiosity and foresight. Join us in gathering at The Lighthouse.

We believe that asking ourselves questions is a form of shedding light, expanding our awareness, our consciousness. Asking a question is a provocation to observe, to inquire, to test, and ultimately to learn and unlearn. In this spirit, we invite you to collectively contemplate our trajectory as a society, to reimagine ourselves through our relationship with place.

Lighthouse events gather the CCD community to set a path of inquiry for the field of Conscious Design and the Conscious Cities Movement. The questions raised will be gathered and presented as points of departure for upcoming research, writing, and events at the following year’s Conscious Cities Festival.

We will be joined by three of our Lighthouse Fellows, Upali Nanda, Ting Jiang, and Kevin Kimwelle who will each deliver a short talk. Afterwards, all participants will be invited to smaller breakout rooms where you will have the opportunity to connect and share your own ideas and provocations. 

We will also introduce new initiatives, and share information on the next Conscious Cities Festival which will take place in Spring 2025.

This event is part of an event series

Host Chapter / Organisers

Organising Fellow/s

Ting Jiang is a global expert and thought leader in behavioral change and innovation, received her Ph.D. degree in Economics and publishes findings across a broad range of disciplines. After a decade of applying behavioral science and social norm insights to designing effective policies, programs and products, she has been taking an intentional work pause to spend time with her family and friends, while diving further into games and products development, as well as writing up some of her learnings as a way to prepare herself for the next chapter in life.

She has a unique talent of leading teams of diverse talents and backgrounds, bridging different paradigms and disciplines in creating science-based yet practical solutions. Her outstanding creativity, deep expertise in norm change and habit change within behavioral science, together with her extensive experience leading projects globally consulting for diverse organizations and companies, makes her a unique add to any team looking for a high-level team lead who can empower the team with a strong and clear vision, as well as an effective consultant who can help design cutting-edge and scalable behavioral science informed solutions.

Dr. Upali Nanda is Partner and Global Director of Research for HKS, an international architectural firm where she spearheads and leads research projects globally. She also teaches as Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan and serves as the Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education. Her award-winning research around health and wellbeing, neuroscience and architecture, sensthetics, point of decision design, and outcome-driven design has been widely published. She has won various research and innovation awards including the 2018 Women in Architecture Innovator Award.

Kimwelle’s architectural studies and professional experience span from Kenya to South Africa with global collaborations in USA, Germany, and India. His focus has led him into community development work in South Africa, where he is currently based. His doctoral research in the use of alternative design (materials & technology) technology as agent towards social change merges the environmental aspects with the socioeconomic impact and applies a transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. Kimwelle’s research development and innovation work engages several academic institutions in Africa, Europe and the US. His work emerges from a foundation of a people-centred design approach, while responds to the urgency towards social and environmental justice by merging business, environment, and technical knowledge towards a holistic application. Well-travelled in the Eastern and Southern Africa, and Central Europe, his work explores alternatives grounding the green agenda in affordable sustainable solutions. He was finalist for the 2017 Design Indaba’s MBOISA (Most Beautiful Object in South Africa). He was 2018 SAPOA Winner for the Overall Most Transformational Project in South Africa. He has won the 2019 SAIA-EC (South African Institute of Architects) Regional Award followed by the 2023 Regional Commendation to the nationals award in 2024. He has been numerously featured on news articles such as The Guardian, Mail & Guardian, SABC television, Deutsche Welle Television, MNet’s Carte Blanche etc. He has also been featured in architectural magazines such as Architectural Record (New-York), Metropolis Magazine (New York). He has participated in several global movements such as the 2023 Copenhagen Film Festival for UIA (International Union of Architects) under UNSDG Leave No One Behind, the transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda. He was formed part of the Creative Climate Coalition 2022 Climate Change Conference COP27 in Egypt.

Itai is a practicing architect, researcher, and multidisciplinary artist focusing on the relationship between people and place. He is the Founder of The Centre for Conscious Design, and Director of Hume – a Science-Informed architecture and urban design practice.

In 2015, Itai founded the Conscious Cities movement; a new field of research and practice for building environments that are aware and responsive, using data analysis, AI, tech, and science-informed design. For his work in advancing changes in the design profession, he was named by Metropolis Magazine as one of 2020’s ‘Game Changers’ in transformative ideas in Health, Social Justice, Technology, and Urbanism.

Itai carries out thought leadership and advisory roles in a number of other research and policy bodies, contributing to strategies that focus on systems change and the promotion of design as a socially conscious profession.

His work and writing has been featured internationally and he is a regular speaker at events focused on the built environment and human impact.