Professor, Institute of Design

Professor Patrick Whitney is the director at the renowned Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is a well known lecturer and design consultant. Professor Whitney was former president Clinton’s advisor on design issues and has carried out consultancy work for companies like Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, McDonalds and Texas Instruments.


Professor Whitney leads research and lectures on how to make technological innovations more humane, on the link between design and business strategy, and on methods of designing interactive communications and products. He holds a B.F.A. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Professor Whitney heads up the Institute of Design, located in central Chicago. The Institute was formed as the New Bauhaus, by refugees from the original Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany in 1937. Since then, the Institute of Design has consistently promoted human-centred design. The institute is a leading educational institution in America, with several acclaimed programmes.