Enrique Martínez is a systems designer working at the intersection of social, cultural, and technology-driven contemporary practices by incorporating the principles of systems innovation and creative thinking. As an international consultant, he works with public, private, and non-profit organizations in areas such as healthcare and government to incorporate the principles of strategic design and agile innovation into their everyday operations. He believes that today’s complex problems affecting small and large agencies are systemic in nature, and may not be solved with traditional analytical and operational methods. Rather, they demand a new synthetic approach that maximizes individual and team capacities by combining rationality and lateral thinking. Enrique is a Senior Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Visiting Lecturer at Brown University. He is an international speaker, workshop leader, advisor, mentor, and author. Recently, he was the Systems Innovation and Design Lead with the Clinical Trials System Project, a multi-year, strategic research project spearheaded by Dr. Tenley Albright at the MIT Collaborative Initiatives, in collaboration with a research team at Johns Hopkins University's Systems Institute. The project broke new ground on the understanding of clinical trials as a system in crisis and advocated for a patient-centered holistic transformation that went beyond “fixing” individual components. Enrique's role was to bring the outsider's perspective and the value of design thinking and rapid innovation to a complex challenge that demands new approaches to be successfully tackled.
He holds Masters degrees in Architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid; and in Industrial Design, with Honors, from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was granted the Norman Bel Geddes award in 1998.