Ensayo de defensa doctoral: Developing Methods of Resilience for Design Practice


Candidata María de Mater O’Neill (2012)
Escuela de Diseño, Estudios Doctorales de la Práctica Profesional Universidad de Northumbria, Reino Unido.

El doctorado es profesional por que es basado en una investigación desde la práctica. Desde hace 15 año este tipo de programa existe, pero solo hay alededor de 10 globalmente en la práctica del Diseño. El programa de Northumbria es el primero en Europa.

Cómo parte de una investigación abierta se invita a la comunidad profesional y académica asistir a los dos (2) ensayos publicos de defensa doctoral de María de Mater O’Neill. La investigación es abierta y transdiciplinaria, por eso incluye distintos profesionales. A ser abierta se presenta a la comunidad que pertenezco para evaluación. La misma se documenta y se inserta en el documento principal (el Portafolio de Evidencia). Es decir, es un proceso iterativo, donde se consulta al usuario, pares y se hacen ajustes.

Es una hora y media. 20 minutos para presentar y una hora para preguntas de los profesores que aceptaron hacer la evaluación. La audiencia esta invitada a ver pero no se contestará preguntas de las personas en la audiencia. Los ensayos serán grabados.

Se agradece a Dra. Heidi Figueroa y Arq. Andrés Mignucci por sus gestiones para lograr esta actividad. Como también al Decano Betancourt de ARQPOLI y el Departamento de Psicología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

PRIMERA PRESENTACIÓN
Lugar: ARQPOLI, sala Milla de Oro, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico
Hora: 10:30 am
Dia: Viernes, 23 de marzo de 2012

Dra. Omayra Rivera Crespo Doctora graduada de la Escuela de Arquitectura La Salle, Universidad Ramón Llull en Barcelona, con maestría en arquitectura de Arizona State University y bachilerato de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Trabajó como asistente de profesor mientras estudiaba en Arizona, luego como profesora en el Boston Architectural College mientras trabajaba en la firma de arquitectos Shepley Bulfinch Ricardson & Abbott y luego se trasladó a Barcelona para estudiar un master en Arquitectura Efímera en la Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña y el doctorado en Representación, Conocimiento y Arquitectura. Mientras estudiaba trabajó en Barcelona con la interiorista Carmen de la Calzada, en la empresa Master de Ingeniería y Arquitectura y como profesora e investigadora. Actualmente trabaja como profesora en la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico y es autora del libro “Procesos de Participación: proyectar, construir y habitar la vivienda contemporánea”.

Arq. Oscar Oliver Architect, Urban Designer and Instructor at ArqPoli School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico where he teaches design studio, a course on Histories and Theories of the Neo-Avant-Gardes and where he recently directed the 2008 lecture series entitled: “Revisiting the Rhetorical Masters of the Architectural Neo-Avant-Garde”. He is currently the Editor of ENTORNO, the official publication of the Puerto Rico Association of Architects and Landscape Architects. From 2008-2010 he served as Editor of the journal Polimorfo, a multidisciplinary publication on architecture and its multiple cultural roles. Prior to that, his interest for the everyday repercussions of contemporary urbanism led him to be one of the editors of Onourb Magazine (2001-2004) and Co-creator and Principal of CIUDADLAB; a nonprofit research, design and action driven collective about the city. He was a former urban policy maker and advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico (2006-2007) and holds a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard University (2006) and a Bachelors from ArqPoli School of Architecture (2004)

Arq. Marisa Oliver Architect and Instructor at the ArqPoli School of Architecture, Polytechnic University Puerto Rico, where she teaches Design Studio and History and Theory of Latin American architecture. She holds a Bachelor degree from University of Puerto Rico and a Masters from Columbia University in New York. In the realm of theory and research she has been the recipient of many research grants that address the topic of Latin American architecture and its cultural and architectural debates. She has conducted research in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, London, and Puerto Rico. She was the founder of iESCALA (Iniciativa de Estudio de Sociedad, Cultura y Arquitectura de Latino America) at the School of Architecture, University of Puerto Rico, where she taught for five years, after being a faculty member at the School of Architecture of the City College of New York, The New School Parsons School of Design, and as adjunct faculty at the Cooper Union.She is currently the Editor of Polimorfo, ArqPoli architecture journal, a multidiscilplinary publication that addresses international architectural debates from a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives.

SEGUNDA PRESENTACIÓN
Lugar: Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, UPR-RRP
Hora: 10:00 am
Dia: Miércoles, 28 de marzo de 2012

Dra. Otomíe Vale Nieves, Dra. Dolores Miranda Gierbolini y Dra. Heidi J. Figueroa Sarriera
Todas catedráticas del Departamento de Psicología.

Áreas de especialidad:
Psicología Social Comunitaria (Dra. Miranda Gierbolini y Dra. Figueroa Sarriera)
Académica-Investigativa (Dra. Vale Nieves)

Developing Methods of Resilience for Design Practice
Maria de Mater O’Neill

RESEARCH AIM
To identify and articulate the methodology of the researcher practices as an art director and as a design educator in a weak democratic society, which is suffering from disintegration due to political and economical adversities; in order to publish the process of resilience as a design tactic in this wicked problem’s context of instability.

RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
The researcher’s resilience design model, named Real-Time Response Planning (RTRP), enable designers to be radically resilient in constant adverse conditions, in real-time, to bounce forward.

RESEARCH ONTOLOGY & EPISTEMOLOGY
Research question How to teach a resilience design model that enable designers to bounce forward in real-time under long period of adverse conditions?

SHORT ABSTRACT
At time of writing, there is a lack of an understanding of the designer’s methodology for design practice in weak democratic societies, which are suffering social disintegration due to political and economical adversities. This is a research base practice on how there is a method for using resilient behavior as a tactic in design practice and how it can be taught. The research for the Professional Doctorate deals with Post-modern, Post-colonialism and Social Science theories in relationship to the researcher’s resilience design model, named Real-Time Response Planning (RTRP). This researcher’s contribution to design practice is a resilient design model/process. This resilient design approach might allow others designers and design educators, surrounded by a wicked problem paradigm, to improve positively their process in order to produce quality work without loosing their dignity within a long and extreme context of adversity.