A distinguished international group will meet at Doctoral Education in Design to consider these issues. Participants will present findings, debate ideas, and propose benchmarks for the future development of the PhD in design. Participants will interact and confer in each session and in breakout workshops. This conference will encourage significant working relationships among participants, leading to research alliances and partnership agreements among schools.
A careful refereeing process will select papers. The number of participants will be limited to ensure a high quality international audience positioned to make decisions on the future of doctoral education in design within their universities. We also believe that such an audience will be able to generate a broad dialogue useful to the wider field. Selected papers will be published in a conference book.
The character and epistemology of a field define its parameters. Exploring these issues will be a central issue of the next decade for doctoral education in design and for design research. We must articulate a philosophy of design that considers the general principles under which the phenomena of design are comprehended, explained, and structured. Session 1 will address the central challenges in the philosophy of science and theory development for the field of design.
There is no single set of research methods for design research. A rich diversity of methods has been developed for the field of design and adapted from other fields with new methods under development. We have begun to examine the foundations of these methods for suitability and rigor. The simultaneous location of design research within natural science, social science, technology and the humanities poses unique challenges to the issue of method. Session 2 will examine these issues and highlight areas of strength and weakness in current method and directions for fruitful application..
A doctorate in design may be awarded in several subject disciplines and involve a range of doctoral traditions. Despite differences, there seems to be a common form to the PhD project based on a written thesis with an oral defense. While many issues in design research and doctoral traditions vary from field to field, there is strong consensus on issues of form and structure. Session 3 will attempt to develop an international consensus statement on appropriate forms of PhD study that will be useful at the local level while helping to develop the field across national boundaries. The session will also attempt to establish international guidelines helpful to directors of doctoral programmes and doctoral supervisors. Finally, the session will consider issues of program and department structure appropriate to the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of doctoral programs in design.
Design integrates several fields with different research traditions and competing methodological claims. The relationship between theory and practice poses a challenging problem for doctoral education in design. Design disciplines such as engineering or computer systems have well established doctoral traditions. Others, such as industrial design or information design, have hardly begun. The relationship between practice and theory is a challenge in established fields and new areas. This gives rise to debate on what is called "practice-based research." Session 4 will address the general issue of the relationship between practice and theory and the specific issue of "practice-based research."
Presentation Guidelines - Author Guidelines
The call for papers is now finished, and papers have been refereeed. We have had an exceptional response both in quantity and quality. Authors should follow the links below for extensive formal advice and guidelines about how to present and submit their papers.
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Conference fee includes:
Also, free special workshops - after the formal conference, there will be a number of specialist workshops dealing with subjects such as:
Further details of registration will be made available on the conference website:
All conference participants will receive three publications:
All three publications are included in the conference fee.
Delegates will book their own accommodation with our four-star conference hotel. We have negotiated special rates for conference participants. Details will be provided at the time of registration. The costs of accommodation are:
La Clusaz is a beautiful resort village in the French Alps with choice
location and close proximity to Geneva Airport. For delegates arriving on
the Saturday there will be a guide located at the airport to help with ground
transportation to La Clusaz.
Conference begins: 1700 hours on Saturday 8 July 2000 (informal reception, introductions and welcome dinner)
Conference ends: 1700 hours on Wednesday 12 July 2000
Workshops: 13 and 14 July 2000
Full details of the conference programme and workshops will be made available on the conference website:
Six scholarships covering the full conference fee are available to doctoral
candidates willing to help with conference management. To claim a place,
The working language of the conference is English.
International Conference Committee:
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