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Catherine Winfield

Design Director
 

I started my career wanting to adapt human behavior through the design of spaces; schools with more natural light see higher test scores, hospitals borrowing design principles from residential design can have lower readmissions. Following this passion in behavioral psychology and design, I began my career in architecture at Sasaki Associates, particularly interested in responsive environments.

During my graduate program at MIT I worked in and later led the Mobile Experience Lab (now the MIT Design Lab). While there we developed new financial education and service tools for youth in Brazil, wearables to prevent teens from driving drunk in Italy and travel solutions for young professionals in the US for Marriott Hotels. Drawn to their mission I left the lab to join Quanttus, a wearable startup that was developing new ways to help patients combating heart disease; once there I led the design research function. 

At present I lead a powerfully talented team of designers and researchers at Foundation Medicine who work passionately tackling one of the world’s biggest problems, cancer. Additionally, in support of my passion I founded the Boston chapter of Prescribe Design, a community for designers in healthcare. When I am not pretending to be a super hero, I leave my cape behind and spend time with my incredibly talented husband, Will Walker, and teach yoga Boston's South End.

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