A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

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 Sixteenth 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
  • 2022 Special Focus—Back to Life: Seeking Vision and Purpose in Principles and Practice

Plenary Speakers

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

Paul Egglestone

Paul Egglestone

Head of School, Creative Industries, University of Newcastle, Australia

Brandon Gien

Brandon Gien

CEO, Good Design Australia, Australia

Angie Abdilla

Angie Abdilla

Founder, Old Ways, New, Australia

Mario Minichiello

Mario Minichiello

Professor of Design and Director of the Future Arts Science and Technologies Laboratory (FASTlab) at the University of Newcastle.

Sue Anne Ware

Sue Anne Ware

Head of School and Dean of Built Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia

John Aitken

John Aitken

Distinguished Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Australia

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 & Network Partners

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