Design research

through a magnifying glass

Last week Design School Kolding had the pleasure of welcoming its international Advisory Board. The Board comprises leading experts in design research and they had a number of suggestions for how to conduct even better research in Kolding.

It's been three years since the Advisory Board last visited Kolding. And the Design School Kolding truly valued the chance to take stock since the 2010 accreditation when the school was approved as a research institution. And to get input from some of the world's greatest design researchers.

- One of the things that will stay with us after this visit is the realisation that we must identify a common ground for our diversity. Across the research clusters there is a genuine desire to liberate the individual human being enabling him to be self-reliant; to take good care of others; and to be a part of democracy. Focusing on this content will allow us to make a strong impact on the surrounding world, says Rector Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen.

The programme was packed with presentations, workshops and discussions and the Advisory Board spent two full days talking to research and development staff and a few students.

Members of the Advisory Board
Not all members were able to join the meeting. Present were:

Janet McDonnell, Professor, Research Director, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London
Richard Buchanan, Professor, Head of the Research Centre of ‘Management as Design’ ved Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Tulli Mattelmäki, Associate Professor, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
Martin Woolley, Professor, Associate Dean - Applied Research, Coventry University, United Kingdom
Lou Yongqi, Professor, Deputy Head, College of Design & Innovation of Tongji University, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.

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