The theme of the 10th ICPD 2019 is “Renaissance and Innovation: The Future of Design Education”.

The theme of the conference draws our attention to the next transforming step of design education in today’s dynamic world. Design as a discipline has been evolving, and is expanding its impact from individual physical objects and spaces to service experiences and organizations. However, in today’s interconnected world, knowledge boundaries are blurring, and ambiguity is increasing, leading to a range of complex interdependent environmental, social, and industry challenges. Today’s design practice has diversified, along with the knowledge proliferation that makes curriculum and research development increasingly complex and difficult. The current developed system of design education is at the crossroads and faces an uncertain future.

As a result, it is necessary to further discuss the need to restructure the education model in this conference, to prepare educators and students to respond quickly to opportunities for expanding the influence of design in places we can’t yet imagine, and thereby, transform design education and its implications for preparing for an ambiguous, volatile future.

With this perspective in mind, the 2019 ICPD aims to explore emerging questions such as: “'How can or should design education prepare future designers for this expanding sphere of design influence?”; “What is the promise that design has to offer, and how can design schools lay the foundations to deliver this promise?”; “How will the increasing influence of design impact the future of design education and create value for its stakeholders as well as for the discipline of design?” It seems to be the right time to take a comprehensive look at the current state of design education and start a conversation about its future.


Related papers to the central theme from different aspects are welcomed to be submitted under the following sub-themes:

  • Creative Industries

    • Industry Ecosystem and Innovation System

    • Design Thinking for Social Innovation

    • Design Ethics and Education from an Asian Perspective

    • Experience Economy and Expression

  • Industrial Design

    • Intelligent Systems and Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

    • User Experience and Interaction Design

    • Human-computer Interaction and Education in the Digital Age

    • Aging in a Digitized World

  • Architecture

    • Design Integration

    • Aesthetics Thinking and Design

    • Western to Eastern Design Philosophy and Practices

  • Urban Planning

    • Sustainable Planning and Social Responsibility

    • Participative Planning and Neighborhood Governance

    • Spatial Planning for the Age of Co-creation

Target Group

During the conference, scientific results, design concepts and industry development solutions will be presented; a theoretical lens will be applied, and professional experiences and best practices and experiences will be discussed. The target group will include a range of professionals from different backgrounds: educators, architects, urban planners, policy makers, researchers, and students covering different disciplines, managers and practitioners. People who are involved in or interested in design, planning, and management of creative industries are welcome to join this academic event.