San Diego-Tijuana (USA/Mexico) has been named World Design Capital 2024 as a result of their commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration. How can one of the busiest border transit hubs be transformed as a global market with opportunity for innovation and activation? And why should these independent yet deeply connected cities embrace their differences, shared challenges and needs for positive change and growth? Join us to hear from Professor Mai Thi Nguyen to gain insight on how and why UC San Diego is leading the charge to harness and mobilize human-centered design to create future potential to transform the region's natural and built environments.
About Professor Nguyen
Mai Thi Nguyen is a Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and the Director of the Design Lab at UC San Diego. She is an award-winning public scholar, researcher, and teacher, garnering teaching excellence awards for undergraduate and doctoral education. Her research focuses on social and spatial equity and examines planning and policy topics related to housing, immigration, and climate change. She is passionate about designing cities that are equitable, just and resilient.