RSD6 Keynotes

Lucy Kimbell

Lucy is an experienced researcher, postgraduate educator, and strategic design consultant. She has spent much of her career on design’s fringes, intersecting with other disciplines and contexts including social innovation and policy. Lucy has been involved in research, teaching and assessment within leading international universities for over a decade, with a particular focus on the role of design in society, services and innovation. Her leadership and facilitation skills are complemented by research in design thinking and service design and art experiments in visualising data.

Before joining UAL Lucy was AHRC research fellow in Policy Lab in the Cabinet Office (2014-15) and principal research fellow at the University of Brighton where in addition she jointly led projects for the AHRC around social design. Previously Lucy was Clark fellow in design leadership at Said Business School, University of Oxford for five years, where she remains an associate fellow. Lucy co-founded one of the UK’s first digital arts groups and went on to work in digital innovation consultancy before joining academia.

As an educator, she has been involved in developing the joint MBA between CSM and Birkbeck College and UAL’s executive training offer. She’s taught an MBA elective on design innovation at Said Business School, University of Oxford, since 2005. Lucy also designs and delivers training in people-centred design for the UK Civil Service.


John Ehrenfeld

Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld returned to his alma mater, MIT, in 1985 after a long career in the environmental field, and retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment. Following that, he served until 2009 as Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, guiding its development from its founding in 2000. He is the author of Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming our Consumer Culture, and Flourish: A Frank Conversion about Sustainability (with Andrew Hoffman). In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with their first lifetime achievement award for his academic accomplishments in the field of business and environment. He received the Founders’ Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000. He spent part of the 1998-1999 academic year at the Technical University of Lisbon as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and was Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Delft during the 2000-1 academic year. He is an editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He holds a B. S. and Sc. D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and is author or co-author of over 200 papers, books, reports, and other publications.


Toshiko Mori 

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she was the chair of the architecture department from 2002 to 2008. and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC. She is the founder of VisionArc, a think-tank promoting global dialogue for a sustainable future and one of the founders of Paracoustica, a non-profit that promotes music in underserved communities. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cooper Union and an Honorable Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

Her firm’s recent work includes: Master Plans for the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, including renovation of the original 1941 structure, and Buffalo Botanical Gardens, including an addition to an 1894 Lord & Burnham Co. designed conservatory; Thread, a Cultural Center and Artists’ Residences, in rural Senegal; and new canopies for the #7 Subway line for the Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City. The firm was also recently selected to design Brown University’s expansion for the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Their projects have been internationally exhibited, which includes at the 2012 and 2014 Venice Architecture Biennales and Louisiana Museum in Copenhagen in 2015. Architectural Digest listed her amongst their biennial AD100 in 2014, 2016 and 2017 (the distinction became annual in 2017).

She regularly contributes to international publications, such as Japan Architect and A+U. Her work has also been published in numerous books and monographs, including; Immaterial/Ultramaterial, by George Braziller, Toshiko Mori Architect by Monacelli Press, and Cloudline by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

She has been honored with: numerous AIA NY Awards; the Academy Award in Architecture, from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Medal of Honor; the 2016 Tau Sigma Delta National Honor Society Gold Medal; and in 2016 was inducted as a member into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Her project in Senegal won the Plan 2016 award in Culture, was a finalist for the Aga Khan 2014-2016 award cycle, and won the Architizer 2016 A+ awards for Architecture + Community and Architecture+ Humanitarianism. It was recently awarded the American Institute of Architects 2017 Institute Honor Award. TMA’s Peter Freeman Gallery also won an Architizer A+ award in the Museum category. TMA’s Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research was awarded Higher Education/Research Best Project by ENR New England and is a main feature in the newly published LAB: Building a Home for Scientists by Lars Muller Publishers. Opened this past year, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art was awarded Best New Museum by the Boston Globe

She recently delivered a keynote speech for Finnish Architecture Day (Alvar Aalto’s birthday) in Helsinki and was elected as the chair of the Alvar Aalto Medal jury in 2017 (its 50th anniversary.) She was also the keynote speaker for Brandeis University’s Richard Saivetz’ 69 Annual Memorial Lecture Series and spoke at the Design in the Age of Experience conference at the 2017 Milan Design Week.


Richard Buchanan

Richard Buchanan, PhD, is well known for extending the application of design into new areas of theory and practice, writing, and teaching as well as practicing the concepts and methods of interaction design. He argues that interaction design does not stop at the flatland of the computer screen but extends into the personal and social life of human beings and into the emerging area of service design, as well as into organizational and management design.

In keeping with this conviction, Buchanan has worked on the redesign of the Australian Taxation System, the restructuring of service products and information for the U.S. Postal Service, and other consulting activities. At Weatherhead, he has researched “collective interactions”, focusing on problems of organizational change and the development of management education around the concept of Manage by Designing. His most recent projects involve strategy and service design, including patient experience, information services, and public sector design.

Buchanan is a widely published author and frequent speaker. His books include DISCOVERING DESIGN: EXPLORATIONS IN DESIGN STUDIES, THE IDEA OF DESIGN, and PLURALISM IN THEORY AND PRACTICE. He is coeditor of DESIGN ISSUES, the international journal of design history, theory and criticism. Buchanan has served for two terms as president of the Design Research Society, the international learned society of the design research community.

He received his AB and PhD from a prestigious interdisciplinary program at the University of Chicago called the Committee on the Analysis of Ideas and the Study of Methods. Before joining the Weatherhead School of Management faculty in 2008, he served as head of the school of design and then as director of doctoral studies in design at Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, he inaugurated interaction design programs at the master’s and doctoral level.

In 2009, Buchanan received an honorary doctorate from the Faculté de l’amánagement (Environmental Design Faculty) at the University of Montréal.

PhD, The University of Chicago, 1973
AB, The University of Chicago, 1968


Sabine Junginer

Sabine Junginger currently heads the Competence Center for Research into Design and Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland. She is a Research Fellow of the Hertie School of Governance (Germany), an academic advisor to the European Forum Alpbach (Austria) and the UK Design Council (DfE). She has worked as a senior design expert for the EU-Brazil Sectorial Dialogues and advises several government level public innovation labs on human-centered design. She was a founding member of ImaginationLancaster at Lancaster University (UK) and holds a PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University (USA).

Her work appeared in Design IssuesThe Design Journal and the Journal for Business Strategy. She is co-editor of Designing Business and Management (Bloomsbury 2016); Highways and Byways to Innovation (University of Southern Denmark/Design School Kolding 2014) and The Handbook of Design Management (Bloomsbury 2011). She is author of Transforming Public Services by Design: Re-Orienting Policies, Organizations and Services around People (Routledge, UK, 2017).


Karl Otto Ellefsen

Karl Otto Ellefsen is Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). He served as Rector at AHO from year 2000 to 2014. He was also heading the board of Oslo Architecture Triennale until 2015 and is from 2013 the President of EAAE (European Association for Architectural Education). 

Karl Otto Ellefsen is a practicing architect in the field of Urbanism and has produced scholarly writing within the History of Urbanism and Urban Design, Urban Strategies, Architectural Theory and Architectural Critique. He holds different roles in the development of Norwegian Architectural Policies and in the National Tourist Routes Project. 

His research is situated in a morphological tradition of architectural and urban studies. Currently he is heading a doctoral programme in cooperation with East African universities on urban and peri-urban areas. He is visiting professor at CAFA in Beijing – The Central Academy of Fine Arts – and leads a set of case-studies on the urbanization of Chinese villages. 

His latest book, “Fiskevær” (“Fishing Camp”) deals with the challenges in fishery-based coastal settlements in Northern Norway.