Elgin Cleckley is an architect, educator, and principal of _mpathic design, a Design Thinking initiative, pedagogy, and professional practice focusing on socio-cultural design projects. A graduate of the University of Virginia‘s School of Architecture and Princeton University, he has collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. Elgin has taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Before joining UVa’s new Design Thinking program in 2016, he was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Visitor Experience / Science Content and Design, and Agents of Change Initiative, since 2001. This work produced award-winning exhibitions, and public art to create the world‘s first Design Thinking Centre. Academically, Professor Cleckley currently teaches University-wide Design Thinking courses and seminars, professionally collaborating with the City of Lynchburg for the Dearington Neighborhood Plan, Albemarle County for the installation of the Memorial for Peace and Justice in Charlottesville’s Court Square, and design engagements with national organizations such as The Trace (Bloomberg), Farmers Footprint, and several local educational facilities.