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Patricia Moore – Inclusive Design Trailblazer

Patricia Moore at the Festival of Design4Health, July 2022.

We were delighted to be joined at last week’s Festival of Design4Health by a pioneer of inclusive design. Patricia Moore, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University last year, gave a keynote presentation at the The 100 Year Life event on Thursday. See below for Pattie’s interview with the Alumni team.

At a drinks reception on the first evening of the Festival, Vice Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands presented Patricia (Pattie) with her doctorate on behalf of the University. 

Patricia Moore receives honorary doctorate from Vice Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands
Patricia Moore receives honorary doctorate from Vice Chancellor Sir Chris Husbands (c) Open House Pictures

Pattie is famous for her work as a young designer in the 1970s travelling the USA wearing disguises and prosthetics to try to understand the lived experience of an older person with different levels of ability and mobility.

Patricia Moore dressed as an older person
Patricia Moore dressed as an older person as she travelled around the USA

Before her visit to Sheffield last week, Pattie spoke with the Sheffield Hallam University Alumni News team about her work, how her background informed her empathetic approach to design, and how she hopes to inspire the next generation of designers.

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