Elgin Cleckley is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Design at the University of Virginia. He is also the creative director of _mpathic design, a Design Thinking initiative and practice focusing on strategies for empathic, human valued design. After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, he collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. He was a Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan (1998). Before joining UVa’s Design Thinking program in 2016, he was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Science Content and Design Department, and Agents of Change Initiative, since 2001.