The sum is the realisation of the parts: interdisciplinary perspectives on care

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review


Designing through the paradigm of care and for care, is a complex and perhaps precarious activity. It is a domain of design research and practice that is best undertaken through interdisciplinary collaboration. In this paper we reflect on the dimensions of an interdisciplinary design evaluation of a psychiatric care facility from four disciplinary perspectives. Through this discussion we propose that it is the disciplinary and methodological diversity of the research team in conjunction with the research participants, that enables us to develop a comprehensive view of the care facility, and the nature of designing for care more broadly. In short the robustness of our discoveries is the result of the sum of our parts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2020: Synergy
EditorsStella Boess, Ming Cheung, Rebecca Cain
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-39-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDesign Research Society (UK) International Conference 2020: Synergy - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 202014 Aug 2020


ConferenceDesign Research Society (UK) International Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleDRS 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • design anthropology
  • design ethnography
  • care
  • interdisciplinary collaboration

Cite this