In conversation with Emilia D'Orazio

1st Feb 2022
10:00 am
10:45 am

WIP Show 2022

MA 2020/2022
The RCA Service Design programme is approaching its 10th anniversary and since graduating our first students in 2014, cohort upon cohort have been carrying the service design flag as they apply their design thinking across a diverse range of fields, challenges and sectors. We’ve been following their professional paths from afar, collaborating with them in their new roles and meeting many of them at our annual shows. This year, we’ll be working even more closely with our alumni to get a sense of how service design has evolved from their own personal perspective as well as to understand how the nature of service design is evolving as an academic discipline and practice. During WIP show 2022, ‘Next’ , we'll be running 3 informal ‘In Conversation with Service Design Alumni’ events where current students will be finding out more about our alumni’s backgrounds, how service design has influenced their career and general observations when working in particular challenge areas such as design for planet, social impact and financial services. At this event, our second year student, Priyanjali Rane, will be in conversation with with Emilia D’Orazio, from our Class of 2020, who is now working as a service designer in the Insight and Innovation hub at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Emilia has always thrived in interdisciplinary environments and uses a design-led approach to solve complex problems and improve lives.
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Emilia D'Orazio
Service Designer at London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Emilia is a service designer and researcher, passionate about exploring how design can have a positive impact on people and organisation, contributing to an equal society. She is currently working at the Insight and Innovation Hub, part of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Her brief is to enable collaborative and iterative approaches across the council, to improve outcomes for residents and support the strategic delivery of good public services. Prior to this she worked with different organisations and institutions in the UK, Italy and Uganda, focusing her practises and studies on design for social and public innovation. Her final project at the Royal College of Art enabled joined up approaches between schools and public services to prevent child neglect and provide support to families at risk early and more effectively. The project, developed together with Saumya Singhal, was awarded the Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity.
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