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Doctor of Design Symposium

August 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

NC State College of Design DDes Symposium



DATE: Tuesday, 21st August 2018

TIME: 3:00 to 5:30 pm (We will start promptly)

Followed by a reception sponsored by Clearscapes (5:30 to 6:30 pm)

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LOCATION: Talley Student Center 4280

FREE and Open to the Public

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This event celebrates the launch of the Doctor of Design blended learning program and the members of its first entering class. The symposium brings together faculty from the College of Design, students in the PhD in Design and Doctor of Design programs, and eminent practitioners.

Opening remarks will be presented by Tom Miller, Distinguished Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Senior Vice Provost for DELTA, Academic Outreach and the Entrepreneurship Initiative at NC State.  

Following Dr. Miller, Elen Deming will introduce a panel of distinguished guests who will share their interdisciplinary visions for design research in practice


3:00—3:20 pm • Coffee + tea reception; be seated

3:25 pm • Welcome Remarks: Dean Mark Hoversten, PhD, College of Design

3:30 pm • Symposium Overview: M. Elen Deming, DDes Program Director

3:35—3:50 pm • Keynote Address: Innovation in Research, Design & Education
Tom Miller, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Outreach & Entrepreneurship

3:50 pm • Introduction of Symposium Panel: M. Elen Deming, DDes Program Director

4:00—5:40 pm        Symposium Panel:  Transformative Practices—Design Research in Action

4:00 pm •Aly Khalifa, [DB] designbox (Raleigh) | Oceanworks

4:20 pm • Lesley-Ann Noel, College of Design | d.school, Stanford

4:40 pm • Karen Lewis, Ohio State University | Karen Lewis Design

5:00 pm • Responses |  Open Q & A


Karen Lewis: Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University, Columbus

NC State College of Design DDes Symposium Speaker: Karen Lewis

Talk Title: TBD

An internationally recognized, award-winning educator, author and designer, Karen Lewis is an architect who applies architectural tools of visualization to a variety of systemic, material, and cultural projects. A highly organized practitioner, Karen Lewis is the author of the best-selling Graphic Design for Architects, which has been adopted by academics and practitioners alike. Her research projects intersect geography, landscape and infrastructure, and have been recognized with fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks Harvard University, The Newberry Library in Chicago the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Recognized as a cross-disciplinary thinker, Karen Lewis is a frequent lecturer, speaker and invited panelist at academic institutions across North America.

Aly Khalifa: Founder and CIO, Oceanworks & DesignBox, Raleigh, NC

NC State College of Design DDes Symposium Speaker: Aly Khalifa

Talk Title:  “Designing for Positive Impact: Assessing how we got here and how far we have yet to go.”

Aly is a design innovator focused on social impact and sustainability. His training as both a designer and mechanical engineer, coupled with deep international manufacturing experience, has enabled him and his team at Designbox to launch products for some of the most recognized consumer brands. His work has been celebrated internationally and garnered more than 2 dozen patents.  Aly’s latest efforts in sustainable design are focused on harvesting ocean plastic waste from our oceans to turn them into useful products and re-enter a circular economy.

Aly and his wife Beth have founded numerous civic efforts nurturing inventive culture. They were pioneers in First Friday and energizing the Raleigh Warehouse District.  They founded SPARKcon, which is the nation’s largest open-source creative festival, attracting 75,000 attendees annually.  Gamila, a collection of beautiful and sustainable single-serve coffee and tea tools, was a Kickstarter sensation and acquired by Seventh Generation. Aly is currently a member of Raleigh’s Convention and Performing Arts Complex Commission and the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan Advisory Committee. He is President of the RTP Eisenhower Fellowships chapter and is Social Entrepreneur in Residence at NCSU.

Lesley-Ann Noel, PhD: Standford University d.school / Center for Ocean Solutions Teaching Fellow 2018-2019

Lesley-Ann Noel, Phd is a spearker at the Doctor of Design Symposium and an alumna of the NC State College of Design

Talk Title: A Design Research and Practice with a critical and emancipatory agenda
Lesley-Ann Noel recently completed her PhD in Design at North Carolina State University. Her PhD research focused on design thinking at a rural primary school in Trinidad and Tobago. Lesley-Ann is a former Fulbright Scholar and also a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago. In her professional practice, she draws on the fields of design, anthropology, business and education to create product development and business strategy with stakeholders. Her research practice is guided by an emancipatory philosophy. Her research focuses on developing design curriculum for non-traditional audiences, and promoting the work of designers outside of Europe and North America. She has exhibited work at design exhibitions in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Brazil, Germany, France and the USA. She has presented peer-reviewed papers at design conferences in the Caribbean, the USA, the UK and India.

This event is free, but please RSVP so we can have a head-count of attendees!


August 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


College of Design


Talley Student Union
2610 Cates Ave
Raleigh, NC 27695
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