20 - 22 February 2019

About Milano Design PhD Festival

Milano Design PhD Festival is a program of meetings with the international protagonists of design culture.

It is an occasion to take part in the final PhD defenses of PhD candidates.

All venues are open to the public from 20 to 22 February 2019 and are organized in English.

The intention is to discuss several issues in design process among Italian and international researchers, PhD candidates and world mentioned professors.

The six areas of research for the 9th edition are: Creative Industries, Smart Spaces and Smart Cities, Design for Entrepreneurship, Design Innovation for Social Change, New Frontiers for Service Design, New Perspectives for Fashion Design.

All the events are taking place at Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, via Candiani 72. The setting of the specific details are detailed in the program below.

Smart Spaces
and Smart Cities
for Entrepeneurship
Design Innovation
for Social Change
New Frontiers
for Service Design
New Perspectives
for Fashion Design

Defending Sessions

Meet the PhD candidates defending their theses


Room B2.2.12
02.21 – 9am

Silvia Franceschini

February 21st, 9 am

Towards an Ecology of Knowledges.
Critical Pedagogy and Epistemic Disobedience in Visual Art and Design practices

Martina Motta

February 21st, 10 am

Designing Knit Designers. Teaching tools and methods to train professionals for knitwear industry.

Room B2.2.13
02.21 – 9am

Maria Elena Soriero

February 21st, 9 am

Spazi tra Design e Arte. L’esperienza Immersiva Tecnonaturale

Bogdan Stojanovic

February 21st, 10 am

Enhancement of the contemporary architecture through meaningful on-site experience. Novel design strategies for raising awareness of the eastern modernist architecture towards the major audience

Isa Helena Tiburcio

February 21st, 11 am

Intermediate urban space. Design and light art as catalysts for change: participation beyond fruition

Room B2.2.14
02.21 – 9am

Mariana Fonseca Braga

February 21th, 9 am

Handling design support programmes complexity. An interpretative framework for barriers and drivers to introducing design innovation into MSMEs

Ruta Valusyte

February 21st, 10 am

DESIGN AS ENABLING AGENT. Design culture and non-designers in the changing role of disciplines

Room B2.2.12
02.22 – 9am

Maria De Los Angeles Briones

February 22nd, 9 am

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Camilo Ayala Garcia

February 22nd, 10 am

The Materials Generation. The emerging experience of DIY-Materials

Room B2.2.13
02.22 – 9am

Annalinda De Rosa

February 22nd, 9 am

S+S. Dialogues on the relationship between Spatial Design and Service Design. Disclosing the fundamentals for a transdisciplinary approach

Zichao Nie

February 22nd, 10 am

The Contributions of Service Design for Career Counselling Service Improvements in Higher Education Institutions

Room B2.2.14
02.22 – 9am

Xiaozhu Lin

February 22nd, 9 am

Internationalizing the Curriculum of Fashion Design: Nurturing Internationalized Talents

Susanna Testa

February 22nd, 10 am

FashionTech: an Interaction across Boundaries. Integration Practices to Design Enhanced User Experiences

Download Here the Full Program of

Milano Design PhD Festival 2019

Design Pills

Participate in open lectures given by international speakers. 21-22 February at 3pm, Polifactory, B3 building


The Problematics of the ‘Social’ in Design

Prof. Alison J. Clarke
University of Arts of Vienna


Prof. Gianni Montagna
University of Lisbona

Designing Kaunas 2022

Prof. Jurate Tutlyte
Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas

New Belgrade: a Successful Concept?

Prof. Vladana Putnik
University of Belgrade

Haptic aphorisms. On the art of Dominik Lejman

Prof. Mário Jorge da Câmara de Melo Caeiro
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

Designing Sustainable Solutions

Prof. Carlos Teixeira
IIT - Institute of Design, Chicago

Design for a Post-Industrial Society

Prof. Lorenzo Imbesi
Università La Sapienza, Roma

Similarities, Differences and Fusion Between Western and Asian Cutures

Prof. Christian Gilles Boucharenc
National University of Singapore


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Prof. Stefania Milan
University of Amsterdam

Parsing Materials

Prof. Blaine E. Brownell
University of Minnesota

Balancing Practice Based approach with a Theory Led approach to a PhD in Design: The NID Model.

Prof. Shilpa Das
National Institute of Design Ahmedabad

The Art of Systemic Learning and Other Mysterious Dynamics

Prof. Susu Nousala
Tongji University, Shanghai

Design as the Interplay Between Prototyping, Human Factors, Design Experience and Safety.

Prof. Cees van de Bont
Loughborough University

Design for Government

Prof. Lee Jung-Joo
National University of Singapore

Fashion: Theory, Practice and Research Within the University.

Prof. Angela Finn
RMIT University, Melbourne


Prof. Christine Luedeke
Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences

Data, Atmospheres, Sites

Prof. Tom Corby
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design,
University of the Arts London

PhD Drinks
Aperitif and Networking

The Design Pills will be followed by a moment of aperitif and networking hosted in Polifactory, B3, from 5pm.

The initiative is aimed at facilitating interaction and discussion among the speakers and the participants.