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Design Education and research

In a number of higher education institutions, design has broken free from the traditional technical mould and become a managerial discipline. Designers have become managers of complex projects, bringing together engineers, marketers, philosophers, sociologists and artists. It is likely that teaching programmes are going to radically change in the coming years to adapt to the new approach and perception of design in companies and in society as a whole.

Another evolution is also underway which is likely to radically change the environment and the organisation of design schools. It relates to research and all knowledge production activities run by schools and universities.

Design could become “the” managerial discipline, which would give a new lightning to disciplines of research in the fields of social sciences and/or exact sciences by giving a preview of future scenarios.
Design would therefore become an interface between research in all domains and socio-economic issues. Design schools must act as forums where people can come to exchange knowledge, a place where theory meets practice and application, where doxa meets praxis, with the aim of creating a better tomorrow.
It is likely that schools will organise themselves around  ‘research-training-socio-economic applications” ecosystems, in which design training would play the role of interface and catalyst between the thinkers and the doers. Design would therefore be considered as a scientific discipline capable of creating a resonance between philosophy, sociology, exact sciences, economics, social issues, artistic activities and progress.
Design schools could be the place where the barriers of mistrust between the social sciences and the exact sciences are definitively broken down to finally create an alliance between science and conscience.

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