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Dr Katie Gaudion

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  • Katie is a designer and Senior Research Associate at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art. Her work celebrates neuro-diversity. In a long-term partnership with the Kingwood Trust, Katie’s research explores how design can improve living environments for autistic adults. Her specialist interest lies in designing with adults and children with neuro-developmental conditions and discovering the latent needs of people whose sensory perceptual experience of the world is individual and unique. Katie's research also explores how autistic people experience their physical environment and the development of design tools that enable people, who are neurologically diverse, to take part in the design process.

  • Biography

  • Katie is the first Research Associate to have completed a PhD by practice at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. The PhD entitled ‘A Designer’s Approach: Exploring how autistic adults with additional learning disabilities experience their home environment’, reflected upon a non-autistic designer’s approach to working with autistic adults to investigate their relationship with the physical environment. Katie’s research hopes to expand the field of inclusive design to consider neuro-diveristy and encourage more designers to collaborate with people who are neurologically diverse and who can offer unique ideas for innovation and who are excluded from mainstream ways of thinking.

    Katie is currently on maternity leave.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Publications

    Gaudion, K., Pellicano. (2016). The Triad of Strength:A strengths based approach for designing with autistic adults with additional learning disabilities, HCI International 2016 Conference, Toronto.

    Gaudion, K. (2015) A designer’s Approach: Exploring how autistic adults with additional learning disabilities experience their home environment. PhD thesis, Royal College of Art, London.

    Gaudion, K., Hall, A., Myerson, J. and Pellicano L. (2015) A Designer's Approach how Autistic Adults with Learning Disabilities can be Involved in the Design Process? CoDesign

    Gaudion, K., Hall, A., Myerson, J. and Pellicano L. (2014) Design and Wellbeing: Bridging the Empathy Gap Between Neurotypical Designers and People with Autism. In Design for Sustainable Well-Being and Empowerment: Select Papers. Indian Institute of Science and TU Delft Joint Publication

    Gaudion, K. (2013) Designing Everyday Activities: Living environments for adults with autism  The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art. ISBN 978-1-907342-81-3

    Gaudion, K. & McGinley, C. (2012) Green Spaces: Outdoor environments for adults with autism The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art. ISBN 978-1-907342-64-6

    Gaudion, K. & Brand, A. (2012) Exploring Sensory Preferences: Living environments for adults with autism The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art. ISBN 978-1-907342-49-3

    Gaudion, K. & Brand, A. (2012) Ready Steady Make: A guide to making sensory Props  The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

    Gaudion, K. (2010) The Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE): Encouraging play and promoting well-being for all ages Cumulus conference, Shanghai

    Keynotes and Presentations

    Gaudion, K. (2016) The Triad of Strength:A strengths based approach for designing with autistic adults with additional learning disabilities, HCI International 2016 Conference, Toronto, Canada, July 2016

    Gaudion, K., Brand, A. (2015)  Sense-able: A design led approach to sensory profiling for autistic people. Autism and Good Practice in Design, The Royal College of Art, London, October 2015

    Gaudion, K  (2015) Bridging Empathy, Autism and Good Practice in Design, The Royal College of Art, London, October 2015

    Gaudion, K. (2014) Autism and Aesthetics of the Everyday. Aesthetics and children/youth with special needs. Oslo school of Architecture & Design, Oslo, Norway

    Gaudion, K. (2015) The Role of Design in Social Innovation. Conference: International Public Design Symposium. Korea Craft and Design Foundation, South Korea

    Gaudion, K. (2012) Kent Challenging Behaviour Network Conference, Kent,  September 2012

    Gaudion, K. (2012) Touch Thinking Symposium, Northumbria University, London, July 2012

    Gaudion, K. (2012) Feather and Toothbrush, Inspiring Matters Conference, London, April 2012

    Gaudion, K. (2011) Neuroscience of Creativity Research Seminar, Royal College of Art, November 2011  

    Gaudion, K. (2011) Snoezelen Conference, Paris, October 2011

    Gaudion, K. (2012) Include Conference, London, April 2011  

    Gaudion, K. (2011) Delft University of Technology, Holland, March 2011

    Gaudion, K. (2010) The International Snoezelen Association Congress: Alabama USA, Oct 2010  

    Gaudion, K. (2010) The Cumulus 2010  

    Gaudion, K. (2010) Conference: Shanghai, China, Sept 2010  

    Gaudion, K. (2010) DARE Summer School: Beijing, China, Sept 2010

    Gaudion, K. (2009) The Plastic Electronics Conference: Germany, Nov 2009

    Gaudion, K. (2012) The International Snoezelen Symposium: Denmark, Oct 2009

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Research

Current and recent research