Patricia Murphey

Associate professor, Northern Arizona University

“Future responsible designers”

Sunday, October 7th @ 10:15am

In this presentation, Patricia will demonstrate, through the experience she’s had in the VisualDESIGNLab, that empathy plays an important role in building a relationship between the design student, partners, clients and professors, subsequently impacting learning outcome and the students’ future career in design.

Patricia will present with one of her students, and they will use case studies to showcase the work produced in the VDL as well as partnerships and testimonials of the impact of their approach in the students’ future goals as well as the impact of the design work in the local community.



ABOUT PATRICIA: Patricia Murphey began her career as a graphic designer 25 years ago. She holds an MFA from The Academy of Art University–San Francisco, and a BFA from Faculdade da Cidade – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patricia has worked as a designer and art director in Chicago, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Flagstaff, Arizona.

In 2001, she moved to Flagstaff to teach and is now an associate professor of Visual Communication at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication. In 2016, Patricia was nominated NAU President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow.

Her work focuses on teaching design in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. Her passion is to inspire design students to be responsible professionals that can positively impact our world.

At NAU, Patricia founded the VisualDESIGNLab, a design studio where undergraduate students engage in social design projects aiming to create awareness and better lives in the local community.