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DDes Immersion Week is August 16-20

Doctor of Design Immersion Week, August 2021

Inclusion in Design Research


Cohort 4 Rapid Research Rounds

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2-4 pm

Our new cohort of students gave an introduction to their research ambitions through rapid research rounds.  This was an opportunity to learn more and engage with members of our fourth and newest cohort–in six-and-a-half minutes each.

Schedule of presentations:

  • Meghan Bausone
  • Elyse Girard
  • Lexi Namer
  • Clément Bordas
  • Shruthi Manjula Balakrishna
  • Karen Jones

Poster Presentations from Cohorts 1-3

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 2:30-6:30 pm

Virtual Poster Sessions / Progress Reports were presented by students in our returning three cohorts. Poster sessions were divided into three categories: Spatial and Environmental Design; Engaged Social Design and Organization Strategies; and Human-Computer Interaction & Digital Design + Design Methods and Materials. Each student had a brief 5 minutes for their presentation with roughly 10 minutes for audience feedback and conversation.

  • Group 1: Spatial and Environmental Design 
    • Joe Moore (Co 2)
    • Steven Chavez (Co 3)
    • Mike Ortosky (Co 1)
    • Astrid Haryati (Co 3)
  • Group 2: Engaged Social Design and Organization Strategies 
    • Kevin FitzGerald (Co2)
    • Keith Chung (Co 3)
    • LaShana Broussard-Morris (Co 2)
    • Chris Mismash (Co 3)
  • Group 3: Human-Computer Interaction & Digital Design + Design Methods & Materials 
    • Iyare Oronsaye (Co 3)
    • Will Lidwell (Co 3)
    • Liz McCormick (Co 2)
    • Carla Delcambre (Co 1)

Fourth Annual Doctor of Design Sympsium

Friday, August 20, 2021 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • 9:00 am | Symposium welcome and theme overview
    • Elen Deming, Director, Doctor of Design Program
  • 9:05 am | Remarks
    • Mark Hoversten, Dean, College of Design
  • 9:10 am | Symposium organization; Introduction of student respondents
    • Elen Deming, Director, Doctor of Design Program
  • 9:15 – 9:55 am | Research about Design 
    • What (and Who) Does Design History Include? by J. Dakota Brown, Art Institute of Chicago
      • The past generation has seen profound shifts in design process and practices—ranging from analog to digital techniques, and from autonomous to networked practices, as well as in the relationships between designers, clients, manufacturers/construction and marketplace/end users.  This session prepares students to understand the values of inclusivity in the evolution of design practices and its potential impact for future design industry enterprises.
    • Introduced by Herb Peterson (DDes Cohort 1)
  • 9:55 – 10:05 am | Break
  • 10:05 – 10:45 am | Research for Design 
    • Authorship, Agency, Ability and Inclusion by Upali Nanda, HKS
      • In a research-integrated design practice, research is both assessed and translated in the course of the design process. The practical value proposition of applied research is apparent but needs to be balanced with the business realities of firms This session will demonstrate how inclusivity in professional research offers a smarter way for firms to do good design and also strengthen their bottom line. 
    • Introduced by Anne Spafford (DDes Cohort 2)
  • 10:45 – 10:50 am | Break
  • 10:50 – 11:30 am | Research through Design 
    • Power + Place by Bryan Lee, Colloquate
      • Increasingly, artists and designers across many disciplines are paying attention to racial equity and social justice in both private and public commissions. This session will discuss elements of complexity, advocacy, and multi-racial inclusion in design practice as a form of Design Justice.
    • Introduced by Iyare Oronsaye (DDes Cohort 3)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 pm | Break
  • 12:00 – 12:50 pm | Panel discussion with speakers and student respondents
    • Moderated by Kofi Boone, professor, landscape architecture and environmental planning
      • Members of the audience will have an opportunity to interact with Symposium speakers, and Doctor of Design students, in an extended conversation about inclusivity and its impact on design research frameworks, methods and outcomes.  This session will explore how each speaker is placed on the broader ‘arc’ of definitions of inclusion. 
    • Student Respondents:
      • Herb Peterson (DDes Cohort 1)
      • Anne Spafford (DDes Cohort 2)
      • Iyare Oronsaye (DDes Cohort 3)
  • 12:50 pm | Closing Comments
    • Soolyeon Cho, Interim Associate Dean of Research, Doctoral Programs, and Global Engagement

Other Immersion Weeks

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