Using studio teaching as an initiator and driver for research collaboration in design

André Liem, Stan Ruecker, Juan Alfonso De La Rosa

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This article proposes an alternative route towards initiating and developing formal design research projects, where design studios act as an "Initiator" and "Driver" for subsequent research collaboration. A concept for collaborative research, involving different stakeholders, will be introduced based upon the notion that results from sponsored studio projects create avenues for more formal research work, whether fundamental or applied. Building upon "Activity Theory", "Action Research" and "Practice Theory", the authors argue that practice and research are becoming more seamlessly connected through the increasing importance of context. This requires a strategic and educational perspective, where design thinking about social, technological economical, environmental and political aspects completed by collaborative learning determine scholarship as well as synergies between practice and research. Tactically, systematic planning and systems development is essential to develop new knowledge and networks, as well as anticipate future products and services. Operationally, iterative research and design prototyping addresses the systemic, emergent and real challenges of given contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17)
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Education
EditorsAnja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Place of PublicationVancouver
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED
ISSN (Print)2220-4334


  • Design education
  • Design practice
  • Research methodologies and methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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