Our Mission: To extend the learning of design and creative technologies to a broad diversity of people and organizations. 

Today more than ever, people and organizations are facing challenges that are putting conventional wisdom to the test. Leaders and their teams find themselves in need of developing and adopting creative, innovative solutions as the ultimate path to stay relevant while improving organizational effectiveness and impact. Similarly, organizations dedicated to lead in critical areas of society, like healthcare and education, are expected to put forward impactful solutions while addressing existing inequalities.

Learn how to adopt design thinking methodology for creating human-centered solutions while advancing your organizational mission.

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A 3-day, immersive learning experience designed to help diffuse design thinking throughout your organization. Participants develop strong foundational knowledge of design thinking and build skills for applying design thinking techniques within their organizational contexts.

participants sitting around a table at an SDCT Executive and Extended Education customized design challenge studio at the University of Texas at Austin

An executive-sponsored design studio customized to guide participants in crafting potential solutions to authentic problems that the organization is facing while catalyzing innovation within the organization through individual, structural, and behavioral transformation.

participants sitting around a table at an SDCT Executive and Extended Education program at the University of Texas at Austin

SDCTx offers comprehensive programs for our clients that combine custom courses, research, and projects tailored to specific client needs. We'll work closely with you and your organization to co-create a slate of custom engagements and offerings over an extended period of time to effect deep systemic change within your organization.

Learn anytime, anywhere. We are creating a collection of online courses to equip your team with creative problem-solving skills. Click below to receive an update once we launch our online offerings.
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What People Say

Testimonial for SDCTx

"It was great to see a pro like Julie in action in 'Think Before You Design Think.' I've never worked with a learning scientist and her insights into learning are fascinating. Doreen's participation and insights from her experience in leading design firms like frog design added great color from a 'real- world' perspective. They are both great at what they do." 
—International Financial Services Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"I wish everyone I work with could take 'Think Before You Design Think' from UT Austin. Thank you!" 
—Fortune 500 Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"Thank you! I feel so much gratitude to be able to participate in this engaging design thinking workshop and am excited to apply it to my wicked work issues as a team manager." 
—International Financial Services Company

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Meet the Team

Edgardo Irizarry, Project Manager
Edgardo Irizarry, Director of Executive and Extended Education
Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies
Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies
Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation
Julie Schell, Assistant Dean for Instructional Continuity and Innovation
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Caroline Heywood, Project Manager
Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education
Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education
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Cassidy C Browning, Executive Assistant
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