Conference Themes and Special Focus

The Design Principles & Practices Research Network offers an interdisciplinary forum to explore the meaning and purpose of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the network traverses a broad sweep to construct a trans-disciplinary dialogue, which encompasses a wide array of design paradigms and practices. We move between theoretical reflection on the nature of design and case studies of design practice, and from research-based perspectives to the experience-based perspectives of design insiders. Our aim is to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices features research addressing the following annual themes:

  • 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
  • 2021 Special Focus: Towards a (Design) New Deal

Research Network Chairs

Loredana Di Lucchio

Loredana Di Lucchio

Architect; Researcher; Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Lorenzo Imbesi

Lorenzo Imbesi

Architect; Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Conference Chairs

Jessica Ochoa Zamarripa

Jessica Ochoa Zamarripa

Dean, School of Art and Design, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

María Eugenia Cázares Treviño

María Eugenia Cázares Treviño

Professor, School of Art and Design, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico

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