Explore health and inclusive design through Jacobs Design Field Trips

January 17, 2019 | 4:08 pm

Jacobs Design Field Trips give students the chance to visit sites at the cutting edge of design and technology innovation and learn about avenues for continuing their design practice beyond Berkeley.

This semester, the field trips will explore service design and designs for belonging. A tour of the largest health care innovation center in the country will provide a firsthand view of how design and technology is being used to improve health care at scale. The following trip will align with our semester-long programming theme, which takes a closer look at inclusivity in design. During a visit to an access-forward building, students will discuss how the design community can intentionally foster belonging, rather than intentionally or accidentally exclude.

Read on to learn more about this semester’s field trip lineup and register to join; stay tuned for more trips to be added later this semester as well!


Kaiser Permanente Garfield Innovation Center

Thursday, February 14th | 2:45-4pm | Garfield Health Center, San Leandro

The Garfield Innovation Center helps to bring innovative ideas to life to create better experiences for members, clinicians, and employees. Kaiser Permanente teams apply their field experience to explore new care solutions through hands-on simulations, quick prototyping, and technology testing. Successful initiatives evolve into pilot programs in Kaiser Permanente medical centers, clinics, offices across the nation – and sometimes even around the world. During our tour of the largest health care innovation center in the country, we will learn about the tools and processes used to develop innovations that save lives, time, and resources.


Ed Roberts Campus

Friday, April 26th | 9:45-11am | Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley

The Ed Roberts Campus is a nonprofit corporation formed by disability organizations that share a common history in the Independent Living Movement of People with Disabilities. These organizations joined together to build a universally designed, transit–oriented campus, located at the Ashby BART Station in South Berkeley. The campus is named after Ed Roberts, UC Berkeley graduate and international leader and educator in the independent living and disability rights movements.

We will take guided tour with Bill Leddy, Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the architecture firm behind the ERC’s design. We will hear from Bill about how the building integrates advanced strategies of universal design and sustainable design, as well as from a current ERC occupant, who will provide perspective on the space as a current user.

If you’re interested in learning more about architecture through universal design, come to Bill Leddy’s Design Field Notes talk on April 22nd.


Design Field Trips are open to all Berkeley students and free, though students will arrange their own transportation, unless otherwise specified. Go here to register for field trips; registration opens roughly two weeks prior to each trip. To receive an announcement when registration opens for a particular field trip, sign up here.