RSD3 Keynote Speakers

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Here are the keynote speakers for RSD3:

Hugh Dubberly

Hugh is a design planner and teacher. At Apple Computer in the late 80s and early 90s,
Hugh managed cross-functional design teams and later managed creative services for the entire company. While at Apple, he co-created a technology-forecast film called “Knowledge Navigator,” that presaged the appearance of the Internet in a portable digital device. While at Apple, he served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the first and founding chairman of the computer graphics department.

Intrigued by what the publishing industry would look like on the Internet, he next became Director of Interface Design for Times Mirror. This led him to Netscape where he became Vice President of Design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering, and production of Netscape’s Web portal. Hugh graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design and earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale.

For more information on Hugh’s love of diagrams, read the AIGA’s Supermodeler article.




Ranulph Glanville

Ranulph Glanville is President of the American Society for Cybernetics. He has a Diploma in Architecture from the Architectural Association, a PhD in Cybernetics, another in Human Learning, and a DSc in Cybernetics and Design, all from Brunel University. Since 1995 he has been a peripatetic, itinerant, vagrant professor of odd-jobs at universities around the world. Recently he was appointed Research Senior Tutor and Professor in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, and Senior Professor in Research Design in LUCA faculty, KUL, Belgium, but he continues his academic roaming around the world. He played a major role in developing the Research through Design Program at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia; is adjunct Professor in Digital
Futures at OCAD U, Toronto, Canada, and has over 350 publications, is on the Editorial Board of 10 Journals, and a small art, design, architecture and composition practice. But what he really likes is the quality of cybernetic thinking.




Michael U. Hensel

Prof. Michael U. Hensel [Dipl. Ing. Grad Dipl Des AA PhD Reading] (born 1965, Celle, Germany) is an architect, researcher, educator and writer. Currently he is tenured professor for architecture at AHO the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where he directs the Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics [RCAT]. He is a founding member of OCEAN (1994), and founding and current chairman of the OCEAN Design Research Association and the Sustainable Environment Association [SEA]. The OCEAN Design Research Association is an international and independent not-for-profit organization with the mission to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary research by design, and to develop overarching theoretical frameworks and related design methods in its specific areas of inquiry. SEA is an international and interdisciplinary not-for-profit expertise network that pursues systematic, integrative and interdisciplinary inquiry into the human-influenced and built environment and its interaction with the natural environment and local ecosystems with the aim to develop alternative approaches to architectural design and sustainability. From 2007 to 2012 he was board member of BIONIS – The Biomimetics Network for Industrial Sustainability.


From 1993 to 2009 he taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he co-initiated and co-directed the Emergent Technologies and Design Program from 2001 to 2009. He held numerous visiting professorships and innovation fellowships and taught and lectured in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. In his academic work he integrates research and education with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinarity, critical ability and projective capacity.


Since 2007 he is editorial board member of AD Wiley and since 2011 of the open system journal FORMakademisk. From 2007 to 2009 he was editorial board member of JBE – Journal for Bionic Engineering, Elsevier Scientific Press. His writings have been published in Chinese, Czech, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Spanish, and Turkish. He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous books and journals, including five issues of AD and with a sixth one in production. Current publications focus on research by design in architectural education and practice as well as on performance-oriented architecture. The latter includes Hensel, M. (2013). AD Primer – Performance-oriented Architecture: Rethinking Architecture and the Built Environment. London: AD Wiley. Forthcoming publications include Hensel, M. and Turko, J. (2014). Grounds and Envelopes – Reshaping Architecture and the Built Environment. London: Routledge and Hensel, M. ed. (2014). The Handbook of Sustainable Traditional Buildings. London: John Wiley & Sons.

Contact: Michael.Hensel(at)

For further information see:

> OCEAN Designresearch Association

> Performance-oriented Design:

> Research Center for Architecture and Tectonics:



Harold Nelson

Dr. Harold Nelson is a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science at the University of Montana. He was the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He was an affiliated Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington and has recently worked in research for the NSF funded center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments at the University of Washington, Stanford University and SRI.

He is a past-president and a trustee of the International Society for Systems Science. For over twelve years Dr. Nelson was the head of the Graduate Programs in Whole Systems Design at Antioch University. He is also the co-founding Director and President of the Advanced Design Institute, a not-for-profit. He is the owner of the design consulting firm, Harold Nelson, LLC. A licensed architect in California, Dr. Nelson worked for several years as an assistant regional architect for Region Five of the U.S. Forest Service.

As a consultant, Dr. Nelson has worked with a variety of organizations, including: non-profits and corporations, state and federal agencies, international governments, and the United Nations, and continues to work as an educator, consultant, and researcher in the field of organizational systems design where he brings both design thinking and systems science to the study of organizations and innovation.

Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D. in Social Systems Design, graduating with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Master of Architecture degree from U.C. Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University. Dr. Nelson studied architecture at the Technical University in Helsinki, Finland where in addition he studied ceramic design at the Athenaeum Fine Arts Academy.

In 2004, “The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World; Foundations and Fundamentals of Design Competence”, a book co-authored with Dr. Erik Stolterman, received the Outstanding Book of the Year award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.



Daniela Sangiorgi

Daniela’s research focuses on Service Design, which was also her PhD topic. She has investigated services as complex social systems, proposing holistic and participatory approaches to Service Design. In her recent work she has been investigating the role of Design in public sector reform and in service innovation in general. She has conducted research into the role of Design in healthcare commissioning. She is recently exploring links and contributions of Design in the Service Science debate and the Service Logic framework. She is a member of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals ISSIP.

Daniela was a researcher for the SDI Agency at the INDACO Department of Politecnico di Milano until April 2007. During this time, she participated in several national and European research projects, mainly dealing with the role of design in the innovation and development of the Italian industrial system.



John Thackara

For thirty years John Thackara has traveled the world in his search of stories about the practical steps taken by communities to realize a sustainable future. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks for cities, and business; he also organizes festivals and events that bring the subjects of these stories together.

John is the author of a widely-read blog at and of the best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World (MIT Press) – also translated into nine languages. As director of, John organizes conferences and festivals in which social innovators share knowledge. He has lectured in more than forty countries.

A Brit who now lives in southern France, John studied philosophy, and trained as a journalist, before working for ten years as a book and magazine editor. He was the first director (1993—1999) of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam; he was program director of Designs of The Time (Dott07), the social innovation biennial in England; he was commissioner in 2008 of France’s main design biennial, Cite du Design.

John is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, in London, and a Fellow of The Young Foundation, the UK’s social enterprise incubator. He sits on the advisory boards of the Pixelache Festival in Helsinki, the Future Perfect festival in Sweden, and Design Impact in India. He is also a member of the UK Parliament’s Standing Commission on Design.

Earlier, John edited the magazine Design for five years, and was later Modern Culture Editor of Harpers & Queen, and design correspondent of The Guardian. He then started a conference and exhibition company ,with offices in London and Tokyo, which created and organised events at the Pompidou Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and other venues. From 1989-1992 John was Director of Research at the Royal College of Art.

Among John’s 12 books are Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (1987), and Lost in Space: A Traveller’s tale (1995). His most recent book, the best-selling In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World, was published by MIT Press in May 2005 and has since been published in nine other languages. He has lectured in more than forty countries.

Fast Company described John Thackara as “a business provocateur….”. For the Wall Street Journal, he “has established a global reputation as a cutting edge design expert”. Wired called him a “a design luminary”. The San Francisco Chronicle described him as a “wired era visionary”. The Economic Times of India noted his “brilliant insights into the internet and sustainability”. For the influential weblog Rhizome he is “top dog in the space of flows”.

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