Keynote Speech Guests
Peter Scupelli

Peter Scupelli is the Nierenberg Associate Professor in Design and Director of the Learning Environments Lab in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level design courses. He holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, M.S. in HCI, M.Des. in Interaction Design, and an undergraduate Architecture degree. His work with A12 was exhibited in the Architecture Biennial of Venice; PS1-MOMA, New York; the São Paulo Contemporary Art Biennial; the ZKM Museum of Karlsruhe, Germany and many other places.
Zhiyong Fu

Zhiyong Fu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Information Art Design Department Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Director of Tsinghua Service Design Institute,He has served as the Secretary-General in Information & Interaction Design Committee (IIDC) since 2014, The Vice President of The International Chinese Association of Human-computer Interaction(ICACHI), Academic Director of Academic Director of Tsinghua Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship,Director of Art and Technology Innovation Base of Tsinghua University. During January to April 1998, he was a visiting professor of Kansei Evaluation special research project at Tsukuba University, Japan. And he is a recipient of the National Award for New Century Excellent Talents (2006). During August 2008 to August 2009, He was a visiting scholar in school of design at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate levels courses in interaction design, service design, design and technology entrepreneurship lab, design thinking and future urban innovation practice. His research focuses on smart products and design tools, human-centered cities and service design, and undertakes a number of national projects and overseas cooperation projects. He has served as Associate Chair of the ACM CHI 2014 and 2017, 2018 Design Subcommittee, and board member of the HCI International 2012-2019 Cross-Culture Design Sub-committee.
Li Zhang

Zhang, Li  Ph.D. Associate Professor, Guangdong University of Technology, Dept. of Industrial Design, School of Art and Design.
Joint Ph.D. Program of Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley at California. Now as TOP A Talent of Guangdong University of Technology, and Director of Design Ethics Institute of Design Science and Art Research Center that belongs to Key Research Base of Humanities and Social Sciences in Guangdong Province, and concurrently served as Executive Editor of Phoenix Library · Design Theory Research Series and Design and Times · Design Cutting-Edge Theory Translation Series by Jiangsu Phoenix Fine Arts Publishing House.
She has presided over 12 academic research projects, including 2 national-level projects, 2 provincial-level projects, and 1 international design history fund project. Besides, she also published 15 books and translations, and more than 20 journal papers in Chinese.

Associate Professor in Interior and Spatial Design at Politecnico di Milano. She has been visiting professor at Tsinghua University, School of Art and Design, Beijing (China); Kookmin University, Seoul (South Korea); Hosei University, Tokyo (Japan) and many others.
She designed professional projects -in China, Japan, USA, Europe, US, UK and UAE, as was the founder of Senselab- most of them awarded and selected by international juries.
Her researches and products have been selected by ADI-Index 2019.
The relationships between senses, time, spaces and design are developed in education, conferences, publications, curatorships and professional works.
She is the author of Storie di Architettura attraverso i sensi (Stories of architecture through the senses, Bruno Mondadori, 2000), Invisible Architectures. Experiencing places throught the senses of smell (Skira, 2006) and Sensi, tempo e architettura (Senses, time and architecture, Postmedia Books, 2012), Sensefulness, new paradigms for Spatial Design (Postmedia Books, 2019) and many other publications.
Clive van Heerden

MDes (RCA) Computer Related Design, (Royal College of Art, London, UK) Research Fellow (CCIS, PCL Westminster, London, UK)
BA (Hons) Industrial Sociology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) BA Political Science (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Work Experience:
Visiting Professor, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing
Founder and Director vHM Design Futures, London
Visiting Lecturer Innovation Design Engineering, RCA / Imperial College, London
Visiting Lecturer MRes, Royal College of Art, London
Programme Leader, Product Design Masters, IED Madrid, Spain
External Examiner, Design Interactions, RCA London
Director, Visioning and Probing, Electrolux, Stockholm, Sweden
Senior Director, Design Probe Programme, Philips Design, The Netherlands Member of Design Leadership Group, Philips Design global
Senior Director Philips Design UK - Branch manager Redhill and London branches
Global Director Soft Technologies, Philips Design global
Branch Manager, Philips Design, Briarcliff Laboratory, New York
Global Director, Intelligent Fibres Group, Philips Design London
Alessandro Biamonti

Architect. PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication.
Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he coordinates the Research Team LABIRINT (Design Dept.), and Rector’s Delegate for International Relationship with India for Politecnico di Milano.
He has been visiting professor at TMU University of Tokyo (Japan), currently member of the Faculty of Design KTU of Kaunas (Lithuania), visiting researcher at DML of Ritsumeikan University (Japan) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Design Studies of UEMG (Brazil).
His work deals with the Anthropological aspects of the discipline, specially focused on Spatial and Interior Design.
The Therapeutic Habitats for Alzheimer No-Pharmacological Therapies, the role of Contemporary Ruins in our Urban Environments, as well as socio- cultural implications of contemporary Design’s meaning, are key-topics of his researches.
Arnold S. Wasserman

•Consultant for Human-Centered Innovation.
•Named "Master of Design,” Fast Company Magazine
•Graduate, BA, Industrial Design, Carnegie Mellon University, 1956
•Graduate, MA, History & Theory of Design, University of Chicago, 1966
•Named “Distinguished Alumnus,” Carnegie Mellon University
•Founding Principal, Collective Invention Consultancy, San Francisco
•Chairman, The Idea Factory Consultancy, Singapore
•Internationally awarded Corporate Design Strategies as Vice-President for Design at NCR, Xerox and Unisys Corporations
•Director, Raymond Loewy Design Office, “La Compagnie de l”Esthetique Industrielle,” Paris, France
•As Nierenberg Chair Visiting Professor, co-originated course “Dexign Futures,” Carnegie Mellon University School of Design
•Dean, Pratt Institute of Design
•Principal Consultant, “Remaking Singapore;” Global Funders for Education;  World Business Council for Sustainable Development; World Economic Forum; numerous other Corporations, Governments, Foundations, NGOs, etc.
•Co-founder/Chairman, Denmark´s  INDEX Awards for "Design to Improve Life"
•Numerous articles, presentations, lectures, courses, juries, boards, etc.
Barbara Camocini

Architect and PhD in Interiors and Exhibition Design, is Associate Professor at the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano, where she is also member of Lab.I.R.Int.,  Lab. of Innovation and Research on Interiors. She teaches in BSs, MSc courses at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano, and international workshops. Her research topics concern the contemporary human environment, changing through Adaptive Reuse processes, and the resulting strategies upon urban and interiors renewal, reconciling the distance between original functions of spaces and emerging needs. She is also interested in the History of Design with reference to the Italian culture and its design approach. She cooperated in design and research projects at an international level, with a specific perspective on meta-design approach, such as in Thematic clusters of EXPO 2015, New Scientific Campus of the Università degli Studi of Milan, MUDEC (with David Chipperfied Architects) and Reggio Children projects.
Jörn Bühring

Dr. Jörn Bühring is currently Assistant Professor and faculty member at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, where he is advancing a research culture that is cooperative, innovative, and highly impact focused. This collaborative approach (cf. Design Economies, Ignite Innovation) brings academia, designers, and business stakeholders together to develop high-impact design knowledge, concepts, and forward-looking solutions. Dr. Bühring's research explores Design Foresight, Vision and Fiction techniques as emerging processes within Strategic Design, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Management. A full member of the "World Futures Studies Federation" (, he has conducted since 2010 several major futures studies in luxury hospitality (2020), Omni-channel retailing (2020), and within the Financial Services sector, he has been leading a series of industry funded futures studies in Wealth Management and Private Banking to the year 2030. With emphasis placed on consumer-centred value innovation driving new markets, his research interests expand toward experiential human engagement propositions in form of service-centric user experience design concepts. Active across international markets, he collaborates with leading Universities in research and design- led innovation; Dr. Bühring also holds an honorary Adjunct Associate Professor position within the College of Business at RMIT University in Australia.
Giovanna Piccinno

• President-Coordinator: BSc Interior Design + MSc Interior and Spatial Design
• Associate Professor, Interior and Spatial Design
• Has been Coordinator of the Design for Environment, Landscape & Mobility - LEM Design research program,
Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, of which is currently member.
Works internationally. The current research focus is on the need to identify a new taxonomy of contemporary design that draws its rationale from the increasingly urgent conditions that are ethical and global in nature, which replace the world of design in a new orientation of sustainable responsibility.
In 2019 founds TIS_Thesis Incubator Studio, International research HUB, that develops strategic research in a design driven approach for the companies, focusing on various spatial design actions – from landscapes to new urban interiors – with particular awareness to the relationships between natural/artificial, real/virtual.
Susan Yelavich

Susan Yelavich is a design scholar, curator, writer, educator, and amateur craftsperson whose research interests include textiles, architecture, literature, and design. In addition to teaching at Parsons, she is a member of Scientific Committee for Design at the Politecnico di Milano. Her contributions to design and its scholarship span over four decades, including 15 years at Parsons and 25 years at Cooper Hewitt Museum. Yelavich is the author of numerous articles and books, including Thinking Design through Literature (2019); Design as Future-Making with Barbara Adams (2014); Contemporary World Interiors (2007); Pentagram/Profile (2004); Inside Design Now (2003); Design for Life (1997); and The Edge of the Millennium (1993). She is a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation (2018) and the American Academy in Rome (2004). Her essays on design and related subjects can be found at Assaying: stray thoughts, culled words at
Christopher Grant Kirwan

Christopher is a multi-disciplinary professional and academic with over 30-years’ experience across a range of fields including urban planning, architecture, technology, media and branding with a special focus on the convergence and integration of the physical and digital. He has spent his professional career living and working in diverse cities including New York, Milan, Seoul, Dubai, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro and London. Before moving to London, Christopher was Global Brand Director and VP of International Business Development for the Reignwood Group in Beijing China, from 2009 to 2015, responsible for Reignwood Group’s multi-billion-dollar cross-industry investments including Reignwood Group’s Lifestyle and Renewable Energy portfolios. Simultaneously while working full-time, Christopher has been adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design, visiting faculty at the University of Reading England, Tsinghua University in Beijing, Harvard Graduate School of Design and guest lecturer in many international schools and conferences. He received his undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and performed graduate studies at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Christopher has recently completing a book on AI and Smart Cities for Elsevier Publishing launched in May 2020.
Terry Irwin

Professor and Director of the Transition Design Institute
Terry Irwin is Director of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and from 2009 until 2019 she was the Head of School. Terry has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Her research is in Transition Design, a new area of design study, practice and research that argues for societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Terry, along with Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise developed Transition Design and integrated into programs and curricula at the School of Design in 2014.
Juan Roldan

Juan Roldan is a Spanish architect and educator. With architecture studies in Madrid (ETSAM MArch 2004) and at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL, London 1999). Roldan is Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the College of Architecture, Art, and Design. Roldan now serves as curator of the first edition of the d3 Architectural Festival 2020 (Dubai Design District in partnership with RIBA Gulf).
His work as an educator has been showcased at the Milano Triennale (Instant Design, 2011), Sharjah Art Foundation (Opus 6 and Vantage Point), and Alserkal Avenue (Material Pursuits, 2018). His latest research on Outdoor Rooms and Domesticated Landscapes in the UAE is part of the recently published book Interior Provocations (Routledge, 2020).
Bruce Tharp & Stephanie Tharp

Bruce M. Tharp
Associate Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
Believed to be the first industrial designer to receive a PhD in anthropology (University of Chicago), in 1998 Bruce began researching the material culture of Indiana's Old Order Amish, focusing on the production & consumption of value. He first earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute. In between his schooling, he served as a US Army nuclear weapons officer (Captain) in Germany.
After  researching the future of work and the workplace for Haworth Inc.'s design research think-tank, the Ideation Group, he began his teaching career. Over the last fifteen years he has been a tenured professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently at the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. His and Stephanie's award-winning design studio has exhibited internationally, licensed designs for local and global companies, and self-produced commercial, experimental, and discursive products.

Stephanie M. Tharp
Professor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
Stephanie Tharp is an industrial designer and educator— currently an Associate Professor and an Undergraduate Program Co-Director at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design. Her recent research surrounds the theory and practice of discursive design. One current project is a collaboration with chronic pain specialists exploring public engagement with medical research and challenging popular stigmas of pain sufferers.  
She received a master's degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's of mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. From 2002 until 2014, she was Associate Professor, and Founding Program Chair of Industrial Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Design. She has work experience with Ford Motor Company, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Armstrong Industries, and In addition to running an award-winning design studio with Bruce, she has led interdisciplinary student teams in collaboration with companies such as Motorola, Dell, and Proctor & Gamble