Associate Professor Stephen Reay

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Associate Professor/School of Art + Design, Director Good Health Design

Phone: +64 921 9999 ext 6719

Email: sreay@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
WM207
WM Building, Level 2
St Paul Street
Auckland

Postal Address:

School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand




ORCID:
ORCID logo  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6122-6420

Links to relevant web pages:

dhwlab


Qualifications:

PhD, MPhil, MForSc, BSc

Memberships and Affiliations:

Designers Institute of New Zealand

Biography:

Steve is currently director of Good Health Design, a collaborative design studio at Auckland University of Technology. As one of a multidisciplinary team, whose aim is to develop better health and wellbeing experiences, Steve's research focuses on how the design of products and services may have a positive impact on people's health and wellbeing. Good Health Design enables designers to engage with clinical experts, healthcare professionals as well as researchers from other disciplines, to share and test ideas and develop unique solutions. Digital and physical designs are prototyped for use in real world settings. This helps improve the end applications as well as to help generate conversations around design processes. Good Health Design has a teaching role as an “authentic learning” environment where students gain skills, such as problem-solving, and knowledge beyond the classroom by working on matters of real concern.

Prior to this his most-well known project is the Design Health and Wellbeing lab (www.dhwlab.com) at Auckland Hospital (2013-2018). It was the world’s first collaboration between a university design school and a hospital, with a design studio - and won the top prize at the Best Awards-New Zealand’s foremost design awards. 

If you are keen to leave your mark on the world and work with or be supervised by Steve or someone in the Good Health Design team, get in touch.

You can guarantee you will be involved with something that is challenging, interesting and collaborative every day with a focus on building a design culture which revolves around caring for each other.

Research Areas:

Health + Wellbeing

Design and Innovation for Sustainability

Art + Design for Ecology 

Research Summary:

Steve Reay had a background in biology and ecology before returning to study design.   His main research interest explores the potential benefits of collaboration between design and other disciplines.  His most-well known project is the Design Health and Wellbeing lab at Auckland Hospital which launched in 2015. It is the world’s first collaboration between a university design school and a hospital, with a design studio - and won the top prize at the Best Awards-New Zealand’s foremost design awards.  The DHW Lab (www.dhwlab.com) is a space to creatively challenge how we design and view health and wellbeing. This unique collaboration with the Auckland DHB aims to contribute creative and responsive design-led solutions to health environments, while providing real world opportunities to advance both applied and theoretical research into how design can be integrated within healthcare environments.

The idea for the lab came out of conversations with health professionals about what wasn’t working- and realising that design could help with some of those problems. Its work is also one of the few design niches which is likely to have an effect on everybody at some stage in their life- whether they are patients’, visitors or medical staff.

The two fields mesh well together as they are both people focused. Each problem also needs a multitude of disciplines to solve the problem. This means that all of the things that are great about this new lab are also the challenges.

Steve’s focus now is growing the lab with postgraduate students, academics and clinicians from a wide range of disciplines to develop a collaborative interdisciplinary network of design for health and wellbeing research.

If you are keen to leave your mark on the world and work with or be supervised by Steve or someone in the DHW Lab team, get in touch.

You can guarantee you will be involved with something that is challenging, interesting and collaborative every day with a focus on building a design culture which revolves around caring for each other.


Publications:

Recent Journal Articles

  • Potter, E., Reay, S., & Thornhill, B. (2018). Communicating information in health: engaging
students in design for health awareness. Design for Health. doi:10.1080/24735132.2018.1483595
  • Scheltema, E., Reay, S., & Piper, G. (2018). Visual representation of medical information: the importance of considering the end-user in the design of medical illustrations. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 41(1), 9-17. doi:10.1080/17453054.2018.1405724
  • Water, T., Wrapson, J., Reay, S., & Ford, K. (2018). Making space work: staff socio-spatial practices in a paediatric outpatient department. Health and Place, 50, 146-153. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.01.007
  • Godbold, R., Lees, A., & Reay, S. (2018). Ethical Challenges for Student Design Projects in Health Care Settings in New Zealand. International Journal of Art and Design Education. doi:10.1111/jade.12170
  • Short, E. J., Reay, S., & Gilderdale, P. (2017). Wayfinding for health seeking: Exploring how hospital wayfinding can employ communication design to improve the outpatient experience. The Design Journal, 20(1), S2551-S2568. doi:10.1080/14606925.2017.1352767
  • Water, T., Wrapson, J., Tokolahi, E., Payam, S., & Reay, S. (2017). Participatory art-based research with children to gain their perspectives on designing healthcare environments. Contemporary Nurse, 1-18. doi:10.1080/10376178.2017.1339566
  • Stephen D. Reay, Guy Collier, Reid Douglas, Nick Hayes, Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, Anil Nair & Justin Kennedy-Good (2017): Prototyping collaborative relationships between design and healthcare experts: mapping the patient journey, Design for Health, DOI: 10.1080/24735132.2017.1294845
  • Reay, S. D., Collier, G., Kennedy-Good, J., Old, A., Douglas, R. A., & Bill, A. 2016. Designing the Future of Healthcare Together: Prototyping a Hospital Co-Design Space. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts. DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2016.1160127

Recent Conference contributions

  • Reay, S., Nakarada-Kordic, I., Considine, N., Worrall, R., & Kayes, N. (2018). Designing person centred products for people living with dementia. In K. Christer, C. Craig, & D. Wolstenholme (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Design4Health. Sheffield, UK.
  • Tolooei, N., Payne, D., & Reay, S. D. (2018). The Integration of Feminist Disability and Co-design: An Approach to Better Explore the Diversity in Product Design. In L. Di Lucchio,, A. Mazzeo,, & L. Imbesi (Eds.), No Boundaries Design. Barcelona, Spain: Common Ground Research Networks, NFP. Retrieved from http://www.cgnetworks.org/
  • Reay, S. D., & Kayes, N. (2017). Co creating health: Navigating a design for health collaboration. In Design 4 Health. Melbourne. Keynote address.
  • Douglas, R., Reay, S. D., Munn, J., & Hayes, N. (2017). Prototyping an emotionally responsive hospital environment Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Design4Health. Melbourne, Australia.
  • Yan, J., Reay, S. D., & Hedges, S. (2017). Playscapes: Pure Ludens. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 347-351). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Cunningham, H., Fadyl, J., Reay, S. D., & White, D. (2017). Discourse and collaborative design: exploring a critical approach to community engagement for design research insight. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Design4Health, Melbourne. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 64-70). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Short, E., Reay, S. D., & Douglas, R. (2017). Designing innovative wayfinding systems in healthcare: from exploratory prototyping to scalable solutions. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 252-258). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Wan, A., Reay, S. D., & Smith, A. (2017). Designing emotionally resonant aesthetic experiences in healthcare.. In K. Seeman, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 297-301). Melbourne Cricket Ground.
  • Nakarada-Kordic, I., Hayes, N., Reay, S. D., Corbet, C., & Chan, A. (2017). Designing creActivities: Creative Methods to engage young people experiencing psychosis in co-design. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 160-166). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Reay, S. D., Bill, A., & Hayes, N. (2017). Design Anthropology and the medicalisation of ageing: Reflections on Designing for mild cognitive impairment. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Design4Health, Melbourne. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017. Melbourne Victoria, Australia.
  • Reay, S. D., Potter, E., & Thornhill, B. (2017). Communicating information in health: Engaging students in design for health
awareness. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 211-214). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Dickson, C., Reay, S., Douglas, R., & Nakarada-Kordic, I. (2017). Co-designing to understand the tracheostomy product experiences of long-term tracheostomy users. In K. Seemann, & D. Barron (Eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017 (pp. 74-78). Melbourne, Australia.
  • Reay, S. (2017). Codesigning the future of healthcare via an in-situ hospital design studio. In World Design Summit Congress. Montreal, Canada.
  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Reay, S. D., & Bill, A. (2017). Designing for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): a design anthropological perspective. In P. Cudd, & L. de Witte (Eds.), Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives Vol. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (pp. 445-448). Sheffield, UK: IOS Press. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-798-6-445
  • Collier, G., Hayes, N., Norris, P., Hale, L., Peri, K., Mudge, S., . . . Kayes, N. (2017). 'Feeling Like a Ghost': Insights developed through a co-design approach. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact. Christchurch, NZ.
  • Cunningham, H., Fadyl, J., Reay, S. D., & White, D. (2017). Exploring social meaning in the design of medical devices through exhibiting design artefacts in community environments. In New Zealand Rehabilitation conference - Making an impact: putting knowledge to work in rehabilitation,. Christchurch, NZ, 8-10 September 2017.
  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Norris, P., Hale, L., Mudge, S., Peri, K., . . . Hayes, N. (2017). Living Well with Mild Cognitive Impairment: How can design support people experiencing changes to their memory and thinking? In MedTech CoRE and BRNZ joint symposium. Auckland, NZ.
  • Collier, G., Hayes, N., Kayes, N., Hale, L., Norris, P., Peri, K.,  Reay, S. (2017). Designing for Mild Cognitive Impairment: How can design support people experiencing changes to their memory and thinking?. Auckland, NZ.
  • Reay, S. D., & Collier, G. (2017). Designing situated learning experiences: interdisciplinary collaboration for design education in healthcare. In P. Cudd,, & L. de Witte (Eds.), Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives Vol. 242 (pp. 1030-1033). Sheffield, United Kingdom: IOS Press. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-798-6-1030
  • Kruse, J., Bennett, G., Reay, S., & Denton, A. (2016). Virtual MRI experience for children. In T. Marsh, M. Ma, S. Göbel, J. Baalsrud Hauge, & M. Oliveira (Eds.), Serious Games. JCSG 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 9894 (pp. 260-263). Southbank, Brisbane, Australia: Springer Verlag (Germany). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45841-0_26
  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Hale, L. A., Norris, P., Peri, K., Babbage, D., . . . Hayes, N. (2016). Living well with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Designing an interactive online resource. In New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference Vol. Neuroepidemiology, 47 (pp. 132). Auckland, New Zealand. doi:10.1159/000453097
  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Hale, L., Norris, P., Peri, K., Babbage, D., . . . Hayes, N. (2016). Living well with mild cognitive impairment: Designing an interactive online resource. In V. L. Feigin, & P. A. Barber (Eds.), Proceedings of the New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC) Vol. 47 (pp. 132). Auckland, New Zealand: Karger. doi:10.1159/000453097
  • Loy, J., Reay, S. D., & White, D. (2015). Raising our Game: Creating new learning experiences with research collaborations. In Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise: 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Loughborough University, UK.
  • Bill, A., Collier, G., & Reay, S. (2015). Making Things Happen: Experiments in prototyping from a Hospital Design Lab. In Virtuous Circle Summer Cumulus Conference. Milan.
  • Reay, S. D., & Kennedy-Good, J. (2015). Co-Designing healthcare experiences: interdisciplinary collaboration between design and health. In Accelerating Continuous Improvement-7th Annual Ci forum Conference. Auckland, NZ.
  • Reay, S. D., Bill, A., Collier, G., & Kennedy-Good, J. (2015). Designing authentic learning experiences: Interdisciplinary collaboration between design and healthcare. In Building an Enabling Society. 2 Grey St, Wellington, NZ.
  • Reay, S. D. (2015). The Importance of an ’In Situ’ Prototyping Design Space to Improve Patient Experiences. In Healthcare Congress- Delivering the Future, today.. Auckland, NZ.
  • Reay, S. D., Collier, G., Bill, A., Kennedy-Good, J., & Old, A. (2015). Designing New Healthcare Experiences: prototyping a
physical space that enables a design approach to
improving patient experiences in hospital. In K. Christer (Ed.), Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Design4Health. Sheffield, UK.

Awards:

Best Awards

2015 Public Good. Purple pin and gold awards. DHWLab and AUT/Auckland DHB- Designing better healthcare experiences.

2015 Office and Work Place Environments (Spatial). DHWLab and AUT/Auckland DHB- Design for Health and Wellbeing lab.