Transition Design

Design’s Terry Irwin Developing Transition Design Institute

Professor Terry Irwin, after wrapping up her tenure as Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, recently returned from an extensive international trip where she met with design collaborators to discuss the topic of Transition Design. Not only was the trip crucial to advance Transition Design activities and leverage the interest that continues to grow in northern Europe, but it was the next step in launching Carnegie Mellon University’s Transition Design Institute.

Celebrating our 2019 PhD Cohort

At the end of the 2019 semester, Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design was honored to award four PhDs in Transition Design to our candidates, Ahmed Ansari, Stephen Neely, Anne Burdick and Kakee Scott.

PhD in Transition Design: Behind the Scenes

The School of Design’s Jonathan Chapman recently traveled to Delft University of Technology to attend a PhD Design Summit. This gathering was the first of its kind, marking the beginning of an open and collaborative dialogue amongst leading universities running Design PhD programs. Attendees included the PhD program directors from Carnegie Mellon University, Politecnico di Milano, Aalto, Imperial College London, Delft University of Technology, and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Global Experts Prepare to “Transition Together” Toward Sustainable Society

On June 21, the 4th Transition Design Symposium, Transition Together 2018, will be held on the Dartington Hall Estate in Devon, England. This symposium will, for the first time, bring together representatives from major movements and initiatives to discuss the urgent need for sustainable societal transitions and systems-level change, and initiate the connections that will make rapid transition possible.


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