March 20, 2014

Alex Newman-Wise Joins HDR as Innovation Consultant


Alex Newman-Wise has joined


as innovation consultant. Newman-Wise will be based in HDR’s Los Angeles office and will be providing strategic consultation to many of HDR’s top clients. He will work alongside the design teams to ensure innovation and end-user needs remain at forefront of every project.

Previously, Newman-Wise was a Design Research and Strategy Associate at Point Forward, assisting the development of innovation approaches for Fortune 500 clients and executing ethnographic research in the U.S and abroad. Recently, Newman-Wise partnered with the firm on the Kaiser Permanente Reimagining Ambulatory Design project.

“Alex brings a depth of experience in applying human-centered design methods that are at the core of HDR’s innovation practice,” says David Grandy, director of innovation, HDR. “His keen intellect, ability to generate both insightful and unique observations, and international experience, make him a true asset to our team and to HDR generally. Those of us who have worked with him for the last 18 months on the Kaiser Permanente Reimagining Ambulatory Design project are incredibly excited that Alex decided to join our team.”

HDR is a design and research-driven practice that blends knowledge of healthcare delivery with the understanding of how environments shape behaviors, results and accomplishments. With the power of design thinking, HDR creates solutions for their clients to advance wellness and solve real problems for their customers.

“Buildings and systems are fascinating design problems in their own right, but I’m particularly excited to be part of a group at HDR that really prioritizes the

human experience

of buildings, systems, and products. Understanding the narrative of feelings and thoughts a person goes through in a given experience allows us to design solutions that tap into fundamental human values,” says Newman-Wise. “In turn these solutions can ultimately help generate a more lasting and connected relationship between our clients and their customers.”

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