Keith Owens

UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Associate Professor

Keith Owens has taught university-level design practice, thinking and research for over 20 years. Between academic appointments he worked as a designer, creative director and studio principal in Houston, San Francisco and Dallas. Client focal areas included simulation technology, hardware-based telephony, gaming development and real estate marketing. 

For the past 13 years Owens has been an Associate Professor of Communication Design and Applied Design Research at the University of North Texas (UNT) College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD). He is also the past Director of the UNT | CVAD Design Research Center (DRC). The DRC is an urban laboratory where interdisciplinary teams of faculty and graduate students fuse design thinking with research practice to tackle complex, real world problems. With Department colleagues, Owens continues to co-develop undergraduate and graduate courses, curricula and programs all anchored by the central tenets of Design Thinking theory and practice.

As UNT CVAD faculty and private consultant, Owens directs or is involved with academic and private initiatives focused on the ways design thinking and research can be harnessed to tackle pressing problems in healthcare, secondary education and human trafficking.

Session: Demystifying Design Thinking: Understanding and Harnessing Design-Based Innovation