This post contains the contribution by Andrew Morrison to the conversationally framed symposium on Critiquing the North American Design PhD hosted by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) this fall. Led by Cameron Tonkinwise and Laurene Vaughan, the symposium offered a unique platform for discussing the legacies and current initiatives in doctoral education in design as well as its potential futures.
The Centre for Design Research at AHO encompasses practice based and inquiry centred research that draws on design processes and products and supports and crosses demarcations between products and services, industrial and interaction design. We also now support and publish research in a range of other areas of design inquiry and practice.
The centre includes the experimental, procedural and also speculative nature of researching what does not yet exist. As part of the Institute of Design at AHO, DR has the goal of making a consistent and quality-led contribution to international research in diverse fields of design, and through practice based inquiry and critical, informed reflection.