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Designing-Women’s Lives: Transforming Place and Self

December 11, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Presented by Toby Israel, Ph.D., Design Psychologist

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Location:  Kean University, Michael Graves College – J-100

Date: December 11, 2023

Time: 6 PM

Toby Israel, Ph.D. is a founder of the new field of Design Psychology.  Defined as “the practice of architecture, planning and interior design in which psychology is the principal design tool,” this new discipline continues to gain international attention.  Dr. Israel has been interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Radio Times and for The L.A. Times, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Oprah Home Magazine.

Is there a ‘woman’s way of knowing’ about the environment that’s been discounted? In her new book, Designing-Women’s Lives: Transforming Place and Self, Dr. Toby Israel argues that there’s a whole realm of emotional experience of place that needs to be laced back into the built world. In this session, she suggests how female architects, especially, can engender a place-making revolution by using Design Psychology as the foundation for creating emotionally satisfying places.

To build her case, the presenter will discuss how she took renowned female place-makers through a Design Psychology Toolbox of exercises, a ‘deeper-than-deep dive’ methodology, that revealed ways these ‘greats’ transformed their home spaces. By leading audience members through similar hands-on exercises, the speaker will invite all to explore their own emotional/environmental, lived-experience. She’ll show how to apply that ‘feeling’ experience of place to the making of ‘Transcendent Liberating Design’- – luminous and empowering environments. The talk introduces the audience to a ‘design from within’ Design Psychology Toolbox, a unique programming process they can use to empower themselves and the clients they serve. 




December 11, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083 United States
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