Our daunting challenges are highly influenced by emotional ties, cultural values, or behavioral habits that prevent people and organizations from changing, even when they see that their surrounding context has completely changed. The urgency we face today calls for actions that integrate knowledge from different disciplines with design frameworks and methods that let us think big, start small, and grow fast.

I am André Nogueira, the Co-founder and Deputy Director of the Design Laboratory at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where I also hold the position of Research Scientist and Instructor for the Department of Health Policy and Management. I am curious about life in general and interested in exploring how design frameworks and methods might support the well-being of people, organizations, and the ecosystems they live.

My work has been funded by diverse organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Chicago Community Trust, USAID, and awarded by Fast Company and Core 77. Throughout my journey, I have been an entrepreneur, creating and leading a design studio working across scales and sectors. I have also led intrapreneurial initiatives in the corporate world, helping them build their sustainability competence, and in academic institutions in the US and Brazil, building design laboratories that expand their capacity to bridge theory and practice through cross-sectorial partnerships. Combined, this experience brought me to the first 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards by the Boston Public Health Congress.

I conduct and publish on solution-oriented research projects and work with corporate senior executives and leaders in the social sector across the globe interested in building design capacity within their organizations. I also teach design, mentoring graduate students and faculty from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including public health, public policy, business, public administration, design, and education. 

Before moving to the U.S., I worked on organization design, sustainable development, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and business strategy, and urban and architectural design in Brazil and Mexico. I currently hold a Ph.D. in Design from the IIT-Institute of Design, where I helped conceptualize and prototype the Action Lab, creating and leading its pilot projects, a Masters in Geography, Cities, and Architecture from Escola da Cidade, and an MSc. in Contemporary Urban Planning and a dual major bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, where I helped conceptualize and manage a Design and Public Policy Lab.