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Drexel Design Research Symposium 2017: Intersections in Process

  • Drexel Westphal College of Media Arts & Design: URBN Center 3501 Market Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

This event is organized and presented by Drexel.


o Morning Student Run Parallel Sessions: 10:30a.m.12p.m. | A Session showcasing participatory processes in service to the Design Research Thesis Projects.  

o USER-CENTERED RESEARCH: Lunch & Guest Speaker: 12:30-2 p.m. | KNOLL WORKPLACE RESEARCH: Kimberly Bombery Smith, Senior Director Workplace Strategy, Knoll | Introduced by Suzanne Linus Miller, Architecture & Design Manager, Knoll

o USER-CENTERED REFLECTION: Breakout Sessions: 2:30-3:45 p.m.

       · OLIN RESEARCH LAB: “Designers as Users”  


       · HEALTH DESIGN RESEARCH for Innovation Session: Scattergood Projects

 o IDEATION and ITERATION: Panel Discussion: 4:00-5:30 p.m.

 · Gabriela Marcu: Drexel Empathic Lab:

 · Nicole Feller Johnson: DSRE Student: 

· Daniel Newman: Architect, Adjunct Instructor MSIAD Program;           

· Raja Schaar:

· Liz Zack, Global Design Innovation, PepsiCo:

· Moderated by Joshua Longo

o   Design Exhibit Reception: 5:30-7 p.m. THINKING_MAKING_DOING | Presenting an exhibit showcasing the iterative in design across research labs and practice:

  •  Design Futures Lab
  •  Olin Labs
  •  Mio Design
  •  Empathic Research Group
  •  URBN STEAMlab
  •  Raja Schaar
  •  Daniel Newman Studio
  •  Rosalind Sutkowski 
  •  Claire King
  •  Nicole Feller Johnson
  • Joshua Longo

Today, artists and designers are pursuing work and creative expression that pushes the boundaries of traditional disciplines requiring interdisciplinary collaborations, the mastery of new technologies, and intensive research to unearth new solutions to practical and aesthetic problems. Join us for a symposium that examines the process of design through both collected objects and discussions.

Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is a leading design and applied art school, ranked the fifth best applied art and design school in the nation by College Factual and with top ranked programs in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Architecture, Digital Media, and Product Design. The Westphal College Master’s program in Design Research draws upon the strengths of an outstanding faculty, superb facilities, and an extensive ongoing research portfolio. We invite you to learn more about Design Research at a free to the public symposium on Friday, October 13th being presented as part of this year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival.

“Design Research is an exciting field, with many possibilities and a range of practices, especially in Drexel’s dynamic urban environment. The Design Research Symposium will highlight the diverse work of Drexel design researchers, and their collaborators. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine the impact of this type of work on research in technology, health and the built environment and consider where their own interests might fit into this exciting field.”

D.S. Nicholas RA, AIA, NCARB, Program Director, MS Design Research

To sign up to attend all or any part of this day of events, please email Dee Nicholas at 

Earlier Event: October 13
CreativeMornings with Josh Goldblum
Later Event: October 13
Concrete Design Studio Open Studio