Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Stefano Boeri
Gillian Crampton Smith
Stefano Giovannoni
Christian Guellerin
Stefano Marzano
From Somewhere

Plenary Session Chairpersons

Lorenzo Imbesi
Loredana Di Lucchio

Design Journal Annual Award, 2010 Winners

Marie Frier Hvejsel
Anna Marie Fisker
Poul Henning Kirkegaard

The Design Journal presents its 2010 International Award for Excellence in the area of design principles and practices to Marie Frier, Anna Marie Fisker and Poul Henning Kirkegaard for their paper Prefab-Interiority: Design Principles for a Sensuous Prefab Practice. They will present their award winning paper at the 2011 Design Conference in Rome.

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The Speakers

Stefano Boeri
Stefano Boeri, born in 1956, lives and works in Milan. He set up the research agency Multiplicity and teaches urban planning at the Politecnico di Milano. He was editor of Domus from 2004-2007 and he has edited Abitare since September 2007. His Milan-based studio, Stefano Boeri Architetti, dedicates its work to research into and practical work around contemporary architecture and planning. On-going projects include – La Villa – Centre Régional de la Mediterranée (The Mediterranean regional centre) a multi-purpose building on the Marseilles waterfront commissioned by the PACA Region; a project for the clean-up and restoration of the ex-Arsenal of the archipelago of La Maddalena in Sardinia. In Milan the studio redesigned the new plan for the headquarters of the Rizzoli publishing house, the master plan for the Centro Europeo di Ricerca Biomedica Avanzata (An advanced European Centre for Biomedical Research) per la Fondazione Cerba, the new Siemens head office and the two eco-compatible residential tower blocks in the Isola neighbourhood (The vertical forest – il Bosco Verticale). Stefano Boeri participated in the Consulta architettonica internazionale (The International Architectural Consultancy Committee), nominated in order to develop the Master plan Concept for the 2015 Expo to be held in Milan.

Gillian Crampton Smith
Originally a graphic designer Crampton Smith started her interaction design career in 1981, designing and programming a magazine layout programme for the Apple II. This experience made her passionate about bringing graphic design knowledge to the design of digital products, systems and services.

Her career since, at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art in London and the Institute founded by Telecom Italia and Olivetti in Ivrea, has concentrated on the development of this theme: encouraging design students to think out of the box about the potential of digital technologies and persuading companies that design can go beyond problem solving. She has always enjoyed collaboration between business and academia, believing that both have much to learn from each other. Her collaborations have included companies such as Apple Computer, Interval Research, H-Farm, IDEO; and her students are to be found in many of the leading Interaction design studios and companies worldwide.

For the past five years she and Philip Tabor have run the interaction design track in the Graduate Programme in Visual and Multimedia Communication at Venice’s Iuav University.


Stefano Giovannoni
Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia, Italy and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence. Currently, he lives and works in Milan.

As an industrial designer he has collaborated with such companies as Alessi, Amore Pacific, Bisazza, Cedderoth, Deborah, Elica, Fiat, Hannstar, Hansemm, Helit, Henkel, Kddi, Kokuyo, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, Lg Hausys, L’Oreal, Magis, Mikakuto, Moooi, Ntt Docomo, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Puig, Pulsar, Samsung, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, Telecom, Toto, Veneta Cucine.

He designed many successful commercial products, among which include, for Alessi, the “Girotondo” and “Mami” series, the plastic products, “Il BagnoAlessi” and the “Bombo” series for Magis.


Christian Guellerin
Christian Guellerin is the President of the Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. The international network Cumulus – www.cumulusassociation.org – gathers 165 universities of Design, Art and Media worldwide.He is the Director of L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, France – www.lecolededesign.com – for 10 years. L’Ecole de design Nantes atlantique is a member of the Conference des Grandes Ecoles, a network of the most prestigious French schools and of the Research Association UNAM at the University of Nantes, Angers, Le Mans.

He is the author of the book Designer: careers and professionalization, De Boeck 2010. He has authored many articles on design and design education, especially on the economical importance of design and the professionalization of curricula.

He is an EU expert for design development and gives lectures all over the world at professional and academic meetings. Additionally, he teaches management in many universities and business schools and is Honorary Consul of Estonia in France.


Stefano Marzano
Stefano Marzano is the Chief Design Officer of Royal Philips Electronics. He leads Philips Design, the international in-house design group at Philips responsible for all design work within the company. One of Business Week’s ‘Best Leaders of 2005′ for Innovation, Stefano Marzano is a regular speaker at international design, business and technology conferences. He has published widely on design topics, being the author or editor of a number of books describing the work of Philips Design and the humanistic philosophy on which it is based.

He is Chairman of the advisory board of the Industrial Design Faculty of the Technical University of Eindhoven and is on the Advisory Council of Design London. He has received honorary Doctorates in Design, Honoris Causa, from University ‘La Sapienza’, (Rome, Italy) and the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong.

Stefano Marzano was born in Varese, Italy, in 1950, and graduated from the Milan Polytechnic Institute with a doctorate in Architecture. Stefano Marzano took up his present position at Philips Design in 1991.

From Somewhere
From Somewhere, recycling since 1997, is a creative sustainable fashion label run by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci. All womenswear collections are made with luxury design pre-consumer waste such as proofs, swatches, production off-cuts and end of rolls – up-cycling high-end fashion and textile surplus into beautiful clothes that take into account the balance between consumption and disposal.

Reproducible in large numbers while still retaining elements of the unique, each piece is individually cut from high quality reclaimed fabrics including knitwear, cashmere, cotton shirting, silks, jerseys, tweeds and wovens.

In an industry which is increasingly over-producing, very little is being done to highlight how much is discarded at source, and yet what is being thrown away is often intact, still beautiful, still useable if thought of in a different way. From Somewhere re-thinks the fashion industry’s waste, reclaiming and up-cycling as a design solution to an environmental problem.

Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci are involved in many others sustainable fashion projects and are the founders and curators of the British Fashion Council Estethica at London Fashion Week.


Plenary Chairpersons

Lorenzo Imbesi

Lorenzo Imbesi is an architect, with a PhD in Environmental Design, and is Associate Professor at Carleton University, School of Industrial Design (Ottawa, Canada), and he has been teaching and researching at Sapienza University of Rome from 1997. He is a critic and essayist for many reviews, and is currently Co-Director of the magazine “DIID – Disegno Industriale” and speaker also as keynote and coordinator for international conferences and curator of design exhibitions and events. His interests range over Design Culture, focusing its critical expressions and theoretical inter/trans/post-disciplinary implications connected with contemporary knowledge society and the social, cultural and ethical impact of new technologies and artifacts.

Loredana Di Lucchio
Loredana Di Lucchio, Ph.D. in Design, is Researcher Professor at “Sapienza” University of Roma.

Her research and teaching activities are focused on the relationship between production, communication and consumption in order to investigate and define the strategic role of Design as driver for consumption aware behaviours.

She is speaker for international conferences, coordinator of several Italian Research Boards, essayist for theoretical and design reviews, in particular she is member of the editorial board of the magazine ‘DIID – Disegno Industriale Industrial Design’, and of the web-magazine of Italian Design Research Network ‘SDI Review’.

She has organized many seminars, workshops and exhibition about the relationship between Design and Brand with a particular attention at the semantic, productive and social implications.

At the same time, she has opened a personal focus on Asian Design, considered as emblematic expression of the contemporary culture.


Journal Award Winners

Marie Frier Hvejsel

Marie Frier Hvejsel, b. 1982, is M.Sc. Eng. in Architecture from Aalborg University 2007, and currently she is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her PhD project “Interiority – architecture in the prefabricated home” deals with architectural quality in domestic spaces, particularly the prefabricated economically feasible house. In her research she pursues theoretical and practical interrelations between architecture, furniture and construction technology, proposing a development of interiority as an architectural theory and design method for improving the sensuous spatial quality of architecture, herein means for exploiting constructive elements as actual spatial furnishing detailing. Marie received the Ejnar Packness Foundation travelling scholarship in 2007 and is a junior member of the order Cordon Bleu du Saint Esprit.

Anna Marie Fisker
Anna Marie Fisker, b. 1957, Architect MAA, is Ass. Professor at Institute of Architecture, Design & Media Technology at Aalborg University. Besides working with furniture, the history of furniture and interiority, she holds a PhD in Food & Architecture, and she is very passionate about the relation between food + design. Anna Marie Fisker is Head of Center for Food Science, Design & Experience at University of Aalborg. Anna Marie is a member of the Ph.D. Board in Interior Architecture and Exhibit Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is appointed member of The Danish Gastronomic Academy, and member of SAH, Society of Architectural Historians. In 2005 she was given Chevalier in the order, Cordon Bleu du Saint Esprit, and in 2010 admission to Who is Who in the World.

Poul Henning Kirkegaard
Poul Henning Kirkegaard, b. 1962, is M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg in 1988 and holds a PhD in “Experimental Design” from Aalborg University, Department of Civil Engineering in 1991. Poul Henning Kirkegaard is today Associate Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University where he is related to the group of Architectural and Structural design.

Their recent publications include; Interiority’ published in Interior Wor(l)ds, Peressuet, L. B. et.al (ed.), Umberto Allemandi & C. 2010 and ‘Tectonic theory and practice’ published in Structures and Architecture, Cruz, P. J. S. (ed.), CRC press 2010.