Open Up – a discussion with Pinar Guvenc of SOUR Studios

By Christine Hemphill | 16th August 2022

We were delighted to host Pinar Guvenc recently on Open’s new podcast series, Open Up, hosted by Juliette Burton.

Pinar Guvenc is a partner of SOUR, an international, award-winning architecture and design studio with the mission to address social and urban problems through sustainable, adaptive and inclusive methodologies. In addition to managing the business operations, she also leads strategic planning, research and partnerships of the studio.

Open Inclusion has had the pleasure of partnering with SOUR, most recently with a global household consumer brand to redesign personal hygiene products making them more inclusive of those with reduced dexterity. Open supported the research, generating diverse insights to inform the work, and the fabulous team at SOUR ideated and then co-created prototype solutions with the community. We match well as agencies, with similar values and aligned approaches but different capabilities. We also enjoy it!

When you hear this interview you will understand why it is such a pleasure to work with Pinar and her team at an agency that has such a sense for positive change through better design and the capability to deliver it.

Pinar is also part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design, School of Design Strategies and serves on the Board of Directors of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit organization initiated at MIT, with the purpose of making style accessible to people of all abilities. She created and teaches a strategic collaborations workshop series for Pratt Center for Community Development and Made in NYC initiative.

Pinar is a frequent public speaker and a guest lecturer, and hosts the panels and podcasts of What’s Wrong With, a series of discussions with progress makers and experts to diagnose real problems, ideate solutions and raise awareness to the general public. Pinar has a BSc in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Economics & Finance

Have a listen to this fabulous conversation as Juliette and Pinar discuss disability inclusion, design, innovation and how participation through design by diverse end users of a product or space can inform better outcomes and a better future.