Impact by Design Education
Exploring the Future of Design-based Education at EUR

Impact by Design Education

Impact At The Core
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Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020, 13:00

End date

Tuesday, 17 Nov 2020, 15:00

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Open to all members of the Erasmian community who are interested in how design education can help students create positive societal impact. This first webinar of our Educational Impact Series includes an inspiring keynote by professor Kees Dorst. 

During this webinar, we delve into the idea of design-based education, starting with a keynote by Kees Dorst, professor of Design and Transdisciplinary Innovation at University of Technology Sydney. In parallel break-out sessions, we shall discuss and highlight several current practices of design education at Erasmus University Rotterdam. From there, together we will formulate a set of questions about how to shape the future of our design-based education. 

With this webinar, we also mark the kick-off of our Community of Practice concerning this topic. This group of academics and professionals will take the questions and learnings from this afternoon as its starting point. We welcome all members of the EUR community who are interested in impact-driven education to join this webinar. 

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Kees Dorst is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation.  

He is considered one of the lead thinkers developing the field of design, valued for his ability to connect a deep philosophical understanding of the logic of design with hands-on practice. As a bridge-builder between these two worlds, his writings on design as a way of thinking are read by both practitioners and academics. He has written several bestselling books in the field – ‘Understanding Design’ (2003, 2006), ‘Design Expertise’ (with Bryan Lawson, 2013), 'Frame Innovation' (2015) ‘Designing for the Common Good’ (2016) and ‘Notes on Design – How Creative Practice Works’ (2017). 

Over the years his focus has developed from studying how designers think to the use of designerly ways of thinking outside the traditional design domains. This has led to a body of work on paradigm shifts, framing and the nature and nurture of transdisciplinary practices. He has developed a set of methodologies to support these processes, and has experimented with them in practice (through the Designing Out Crime and Design Innovation research centres, and through setting up transdisciplinary degree programs). This work is having global impact, as it is picked up by leading innovators in different sectors across the world. He is a member of the Advisory Group for the UN Development Program, overseeing the creation of platforms around the world to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.