Gianpaolo Fusari


  • Gianpaolo is currently on secondment to Helix Centre

    Gianpaolo holds a joint MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. He joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2010 and is a Senior Research Associate in the Health & Patient Safety Lab. His specialism is design and research: using advanced user-research tools to derive evidence-based design briefs and working with users and stakeholders to design, evaluate, develop and commercialise cost-effective solutions.  

    Gianpaolo has worked on projects such as: the Emergency Ambulance; initiatives to reduce violence and aggression in Emergency Departments and a portable workstation to improve safety, consistency, workflow and information management for General Practitioners.

  • Biography

  • Gianpaolo is a graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City where he completed a degree in Industrial Design (2003). After working at several architecture practices, including the award winning Rojkind Arquitectos, and creating his own design practice, he moved to the UK to pursue a career in industrial design and engineering. Gianpaolo completed an Innovation Design Engineering degree at the Royal College of Art in 2009. After graduating, he became a founding member of the design collective BREAD, which focused on using a research-led approach to provide design and engineering consultancy for commercial design.

    Since joining the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2010 Gianpaolo has developed projects in the Health and Patient Safety Lab. He worked as a Research Associate in the Redesign of the UK Ambulance project to deliver a full-size demonstrator unit that is now influential in an agreement for a national specification among manufacturers and the NHS. His work on the ambulance has received multiple international awards including the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award in 2012 and a Silver IDEA Award by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

    The ambulance project led Gianpaolo to develop an interest in user-centred design for medical and healthcare applications. Within the centre's Healthcare & Patient Safety Lab he has been involved in the Department of Health and Design Council initiative to reduce violence and aggression in A&E departments through design. These proposals are being taken forward by design consultancy PearsonLloyd and are currently being trialled by several NHS Trusts across the UK. The work has recently received a Silver IDEA Award by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

    Gianpaolo enjoys working with front-line staff, specialists and patients. During his time at the centre he has developed a specialism in using user-research tools to distil insights that lead to evidence-based design briefs. As a Senior Research Associate, Gianpaolo is working on solutions that can aid carers in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers for patient handling industry leader ArjoHuntleigh. He is also part of a project exploring advanced surgical techniques that will define the future of knee surgery, a long-term collaboration with DePuy - a global leader in providing solutions in orthopaedics.

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  • External collaborations

  • Workshop: 'SKIP Summer School' - Design: Catalyst for Social Change, 2013
    Team Leader: '24 Hour Design Challenge' during the Design4Health Conference 2013, Sheffield, UK
    Design Mentoring: 'TeamLab' startup workshops, Tallinn, Estonia 2012    

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • de Almeida, L., Matthews, E., Fusari, G. (2017) Patient Flow: Design to Improve Patient Flow through Acute Medicine. 3rd UCL Centre for Behaviour Change Digital Health Conference 2017: Harnessing digital technology for behaviour change 

    Fusari, G., Matthews, E. (2013) Redesigning the UK Emergency Ambulance in Journal of Medical Devices, September

    Matthews, E., Fusari, G., Torlei, K., & West, J. (2013) Research and Design: How do we combine them to bring better solutions to market? in Journal of Medical Devices, September

    Halls, S., Ulivari, F., Lloyd, T. & Fusari, G. (2012) Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E Through a Better Experience in Information Design Conference, April

    Benger, J., Matthews, E., Fusari, G., Harrow, D., Stevens, P., Winsor, R., Dean, D., King, D., & Darzi, A. (2011) Implementing Emergency Ambulance Re-design in International Conference in Emergency Medicine, June 

    Fusari, G., Tomos, H., Matthews, E., Rock, M., Arkle, S. & Wolfson, D. (2015) `Cutting Edge: Understanding advanced surgical processes for total knee replacement through design research,' at Design4Health 2015 Conference, Sheffield, 15 July 2015

    Buckle, P., Barlow J., West. J. & Fusari, G. (2015) `Using the Design Process to Improve Healthcare Products: What are the major challenges?' Panel discussion at NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative Summer Open Day, London, 1 July 2015

    Matthews, E., West J. & Fusari, G. (2015) `Research and Design: How do we combine them to bring better solutions to the market?' at BioTrinity 2015 Conference, London, 12 May 2015

    Fusari, G. (2013) ‘Redesigning the UK Emergency Ambulance: a business case for integrating human factors’, Design of Medical Devices Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

    Fusari, G. (2012) ‘Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E Through a Better Experience’, Time to Think Differently, The King’s Fund Annual Conference, London

    Fusari, G. (2012) ‘Redesigning the UK Emergency Ambulance’, Time to Think Differently, The King’s Fund Annual Conference, London

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  • Awards and Grants

  • Finalist: Kitchen Designs for Intelligent Living, Toyota IQ Design Challenge, 2009
    Second Prize: Hutchinson Whampoa/3 Mobile Lifephone Competition, 2008
    CONACYT Scholarship: Mexico, 2007

Selected work