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Intersections in Process

September 27, 2017

The Design Research Symposium, organized by the graduate program in Design Research, part of this year’s Intersections in Process, returns again this October with DesignPhiladelphia, features a discussion with Gabriela Marcu (Drexel Empathic Lab), Nicole Feller Johnson (Design Research student), Daniel Newman (architect and Adjunct Instructor in the graduate program in Interior Architecture & Design Program), and Raja Schaar (Product Design) with moderation by Joshua Longo (Product Design). An exhibition and reception will showcase design research from the Design Futures Lab, Olin Labs, Mio Design, Empathic Research Group, and the URBN STEAMlab.IDEATION and ITERATION, and the keynote panel, Human Centered Exploration, User-Centered Research, User-Centered Reflection. The symposium features a day of free programming that explores the emerging field growing out of collaborations between artists, designers and interdisciplinary collaborators who push the boundaries of traditional disciplines unearthing solutions to practical and aesthetic problems through the mastery of new technologies and intensive research. Sessions will cover

“This year’s symposium has been arranged with input from the students in our innovative interdisciplinary program. We are very excited to present a day of discussion, open for anyone who's curious about how research and design work together in today’s complex world,” said  D.S. Nicholas AIA, NCARB, IDEC, Graduate Design Research Program Director and organizer of the annual symposium.  

For information on these free events, including the lunch and reception, please click here. To attend the symposium, part of this year’s DesignPhiladelphia, please email Dee Nicholas at

As the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement. The DesignPhiladelphia Festival emerged in 2005 to identify, celebrate and raise the profile of this city’s 50,000+ creative economy. For more information about the many events throughout the week click here