Open Studio: 3rd - 4th February 2023
MA 2023

Claire is an experienced senior leader at international non-governmental organisations, having spent the last decade working across various humanitarian contexts worldwide. With expertise in leading multidisciplinary technical teams, designing inclusive and impactful programmes and policies.

Claire practices trauma-informed, equitable design, having worked on innovative projects spanning from reproductive rights, stunting prevention, behaviour change, gender-based violence, education, environmental regeneration to mental health and many more.  

Claire is a design activist and a design facilitator who believes that compassion is the sustained outcome of all good design.

final project 2022

WIP project 2022

The Royal College of Art partnered with The White Eagle Appeal and leading design agency Hellon to expand U.K. services to the Ukrainian refugee community and to help define a system that could be scaled. A team of five co-designed a service concept entitled Context, a digital friend which helps newly arrived families settle in the U.K. 

Context is a browser extension which supports refugees by overlaying crowdsourced cultural interpretations of information onto existing websites. Context was developed and validated through a series of in-depth interviews, workshops and feedback sessions with members of the Ukrainian refugee community at the White Eagle Appeal.

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Dementia: Caring for the Future

One person every three seconds is diagnosed with dementia. The physical and emotional toll of dementia is hard, on the individual, and their support network. Many of us live in denial over diagnosis and possible preventive actions.

This project will explore the power of sensory cues, emotions, and memories for dementia patients and carers. It will also investigate support for dementia caregivers facing challenges like isolation, burnout, and the need to balance caregiving with other aspects of life. This is essential for social care reform and reducing NHS pressure.

We believe too many designers focus on beginnings and not endings, and that design could radically reshape the way the world thinks about dementia.