Academic design

Ilpo K. Koskinen*, Kees Dorst

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This paper proposes to reshape the discussion design schools about the relationship of design practice to research. Many universities now have very successful design departments that educate high-level design practitioners. But the rapid growth of these departments, popular as they are with students, has meant that there has been very little time to step back and reflect on the nature and development of academic design in its new environment. Consequently, the formation of an academic design practice that can take its rightful place among other academic fields has been slow. In this paper we will propose a model of academic design and critically assess its qualities, as well as the challenges that lie ahead for this new species of academic design practitioner. The model builds on recent work dealing with forms of abduction in design, and on a few papers that describe the development of research programs at Aalto University.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15)
Subtitle of host publicationHuman Behaviour in Design, Design Education
EditorsChristian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco Cantamessa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
PublisherThe Design Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-74-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015 : DESIGN FOR LIFE - Politecnico Milano, Milan, Italy
Duration: 27 Jul 201530 Jul 2015
Conference number: 20

Publication series

NameDesign Society
PublisherThe Design Society
NumberDS 80-11
ISSN (Print)2220-4342


Conference20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015


  • Abduction
  • Design practice
  • Design theory
  • Industrial design


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