Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices

  • 2017 Special Focus: Design for the Global Village
  • 2-4 March 2017
  • Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada

Conference Themes and Special Focus

The Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices features research addressing the following annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus.

  • Theme 1: Design Education
  • Theme 2: Design in Society
  • Theme 3: Designed Objects
  • Theme 4: Visual Design
  • Theme 5: Design Management and Professional Practice
  • Theme 6: Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
  • 2017 Special Focus: Design for the Global Village

Plenary Speakers

The Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practices will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Katerina Cizek

Katerina Cizek

Documentary Film-maker; Artistic Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab, Boston, USA and Toronto, Canada

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning director, creator and pioneer in digital media. She is the Artistic Director of a new initiative at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. At the National Film Board of Canada, she helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs. She is the director and creative force behind the NFB’s award-winning digital documentary project HIGHRISE, and she realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program. Read more...

Helen Kerr

Helen Kerr

Co-President of KerrSmith Design; Professor, Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation Program, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

Helen Kerr leads product and system development with a focus on research and strategic innovation. From the complex realm of healthcare, to relevant sustainability issues, and the intimate study of how we eat, her insights and design direction guide clients to realize business ideas as fully integrated solutions. For more than 25 years, Helen has collaborated with her team to deliver complete brand experiences. She is an Associated Professor in graduate studies at OCADU. She has applied her foresight capabilities to government policy both federally and provincially and is often sought as a lecturer, juror and conference speaker. She has been recognized at the highest level by IDSA and Phaidon Press and was inducted into the The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2016. Read more...

Luisa Collina

Luisa Collina

Professor, Dean of the Design School, Politecnico di Milano; President of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, Milan, Italy

Luisa Collina is Full Professor of Design and Dean of the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2005 she has been Head of the Master of Science in Product Service System Design at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano. Her main interests concern interior architecture and design with a specific focus on services, strategic design and design driven innovation. She collaborates with universities, research centers and companies in national and international research programs and strategic innovation projects in the design field. The results of her research and didactic activity have been presented through various international conferences and publications. Read More...

Péter Pozsár

Péter Pozsár

Architect; Co-founder and curator of Hello Wood, Budapest, Hungary

Péter Pozsár is an architect, co-founder and curator of Hello Wood. His diploma project won the Árkai Aladár Award in 2005. He was awarded the Moholy-Nagy László Fellowship for Design in 2009. He teaches at the Architectural Institute and Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design Budapest; his research is centered on the social aspects of architecture and the methodological relevance of experience and presence. Read more...

Aldo Cibic

Aldo Cibic

Founder of Cibic & Partners; Founder of Cibicworkshop

Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.

In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis”. In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self- produced collection. Read more...

Conference Chairs

Loredana Di Lucchio

Loredana Di Lucchio

Architect, PhD, Researcher Professor
Sapienza University of Rome

Loredana Di Lucchio, PhD in Design, is Researcher Professor at Sapienza University of Rome. Her research and teaching activities are focused on the relationship between production, communication, and consumption in order to investigate and define the strategic role of Design as a driver for consumption aware behaviors. She is a speaker for international conferences, coordinator of several Italian Research Boards, and essayist for theoretical and design reviews including a member of the editorial board of the magazine ‘DIID – Disegno Industriale Industrial Design’ and of the web-magazine of Italian Design Research Network ‘SDI Review’. She has organized many seminars, workshops, and exhibitions about the relationship between Design and Brand with a particular attention at the semantic, productive, and social implications. At the same time, she has opened a personal focus on Asian Design, considered as emblematic expression of the contemporary culture.

Luigi Ferrara

Luigi Ferrara

Dean of Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology
George Brown College

Luigi Ferrara is a Registered Architect with seal, a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, as well as an Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers. In 2002, Ferrara was appointed the Director of the School of Design at George Brown College. In 2007, his portfolio was enlarged and he was appointed Director for the Centre for Arts and Design. In 2014, he was appointed dean and worked to expand the school to become the Centre of Arts, Design, and Information Technology. He also leads the Institute without Boundaries, the college’s interdisciplinary think and do tank. He has served on the Board of the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and was elected President from 2003–2005. Ferrara is currently an ICSID Senator. Between 1996 and 2002 he was the Vice-President of Programs and Services at the Design Exchange. He has served as a principal of Ferrara Contreras Architects Inc. from 1989 to 2007 and now is a partner in the architectural and development firm Conifer Consultants and the strategy firm Co.Ferrara Inc.

Lorenzo Imbesi

Lorenzo Imbesi

Architect, PhD, Professor
Sapienza University of Rome

Professor of Industrial Design at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, Lorenzo Imbesi was previously Associate Professor and head of the Master of Design MDes at Carleton University in Canada up until 2013. Prof. Imbesi is also an Architect, PhD in Design, ICCS fellow – Canada Government, and a member of the Research Board of Italian and European researches. He is a keynote speaker and coordinator for international conferences and a curator of design exhibitions and events. Additionally, he is a critic and essayist for many reviews, Co-Director of the magazine “DIID – Disegno Industriale,” and currently, he is Director of ‘FIELDS. An Interdisciplinary Design Journal’ (Carleton University, Ottawa) as well as a member of the editorial board of “The Design Journal” (Bloomsbury Publishing, London).

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