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Christian Guellerin is director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, president of the French association France Design Education and honorary president of Cumulus, the international association of universities and schools of design, art and media.

A list of publications and conferences by Christian Guellerin can be found on his page Wikipedia

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L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

Christian Guellerin has been the director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique since 1997. The school’s goal is to produce professionals in creation and innovation dedicated to promoting socio-economic development. The school regards design as an opportunity to generate added value and facilitate progress.

With close links to companies and socio-economic institutions, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has built its teaching programs around ecosystems combining research, training and companies where design is the interface between the sciences (technology, economy and humanities) and future scenarios.

In 2011, L’École de design set up the READi experimental laboratory dedicated to digital culture. In 2012, the Sustainable Cities and New Eating Habits laboratories were launched, followed by Care in 2014. The creation of these experimental laboratories reveals the entrepreneurial potential of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique which is becoming an important centre of innovation and incubator for new projects.

In 2006, L’École de design set up the first Vocational Training Centre (CFA) devoted to design and innovation on a national level.


A school with a strong international dimension

In 2008 L’École de design Nantes Atlantique opened a branch in China in Qingdao which was transferred to Shanghai in 2010. In India, it set up a branch in Bangalore in 2009 which has since been transferred to Delhi in partnership with The Design Village. In 2017, it is opening a branch in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with MacKenzie University. It also has a highly developed international activity with over 70 partnerships with prestigious establishments abroad.

The postgraduate degree issued by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and certified a Level 1 Master’s degree in the RNCP (the French directory for vocational qualifications).

L’École de design is also a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions).


Christian Guellerin is the author of many articles on design and teaching in France and abroad and teaches in several schools and universities. He has provided his expertise for the creation of design schools or design centers in France and abroad on behalf of the European Union. Furthermore, Christian Guellerin is Honorary Consul of Estonia in France.


France Design Education

A French association of design schools which aims to promote design and applied arts in the fields of teaching, creation, innovation and research from both an educational and professional point of view. Its strength lies in its capacity to bring together schools under different administrative supervision (Ministries of Education, Culture, Industry) and different statuses (public, consular, private). By adopting common positions, member schools of France Design Education establish themselves as key players in the world of design and play a complementary role upstream of French representative trade associations.



Created 25 years ago, today Cumulus is the biggest international network to serve design education with 257 members from 54 countries. The aim of this association is to provide a forum for best practices in the field of education in design, creation and innovation.

Christian Guellerin was elected President of Cumulus in 2007, and was reelected in 2010 for a second term. Under his presidency, the association underwent a remarkable transformation, seeing its member establishments increase from 80 to 189, many of them from countries outside Europe. Cumulus now has partnerships with many organisations and institutions (EIDD Design for all Europe, ELIA, Desis Network, NASAD, AIGA, Design Research Society) and plays a lobbying role for the promotion of design education.

Cumulus organises more than 15 “research groups” made up of leading international experts in the fields of design and creation. Twice a year it publishes the “Cumulus working papers” which bring together the best research articles on design practices in the member institutions.