This post contains the contribution by Andrew Morrison to the conversationally framed symposium on Critiquing the North American Design PhD hosted by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) this fall. Led by Cameron Tonkinwise and Laurene Vaughan, the symposium offered a unique platform for discussing the legacies and current initiatives in doctoral education in design as well as its potential futures.
The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University hosted this international symposium ‘Critiquing the North American Design PhD‘ to discuss the character and direction of the PhD in design specifically in the North American context. This event is part of their initiative to reshape the leading work of this institution in design education and research, and especially doctoral design education. International and regional presenters discussed their experience in working with PhD education and research and its relevance to wider design communities and professionals.
I was happy to accept Professor Andrew Morrison’s invitation to attend the Verdikt-conference on “Rock ‘n’ Roll Technologies” at the Rica Nidelvin Hotell in Trondheim, Norway this week. The conference was sponsored by the information communication technologies (ICT) arm of the Norwegian Research Council, and Morrison was presenting on outcomes of collaborative research that he and many colleagues and PhD students at Arkitektur- og designHøgskolen i Oslo have completed, in part with VERDIKT funding.
Last week the Ulstein Bridge Concept (UBC) was presented at the Relating Systems Thinking & Design 2013 symposium at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). The symposium attracted 200 participants from all around the world, and offered 32 presentations by scholars and practitioners working at the intersection of systems thinking and design, including well-known thinkers like Fred Collopy, Harold Nelson, Carlo Vezzoli and Peter Jones.