About

The Swiss Design Network is the Swiss competence network of design research, established in 2003. Parallel to SARN and SAEN, it networks researchers from the Swiss Universities of Design and Art.

Since it was founded, the Swiss Design Network has been promoting and fostering the development, quality and constant improvement of design research in the Swiss Universities of Design and Art.

To this day, the SDN has organized eight internationally renowned symposia and published their proceedings. It offers its direct support to research projects, participating in the research debate on an national and international level.

The activities of the Swiss Design Network unfold in four directions:

  • In lobbying for and briefing national institutions and organizations involved in design research and its funding;
  • in acting as a platform for scientific exchange and debate through workshops, publications and conferences, online and offline;
  • in fostering, supporting and networking the next generation of design researchers;
  • and in cultivating dialogue among Heads of Research in Switzerland and abroad.

Funded in 2003, the SDN was financed equally by the Swiss Universities of Art and Design with the support of the CTI (Federal Comittee for Technology and Innovation) until 2006. From 2007 to 2013 the SDN operated as a commission of the CHAD until in 2014 the SDN was again incorporated as an association. Its board is composed by delegates of the Design Research Institutes of all six Swiss Universities of Art and Design in Switzerland.

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Board Members


Arne Scheuermann

President of the Swiss Design Network
Head of the Research Unit Communication Design
Bern University of the Arts, BUA

Fellerstrasse 11
CH-3027 Bern

Massimo Botta

Head of Design & Technology research sector at Visual Culture Lab
Head of Interaction Design Lab
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI

Trevano, CP 105
CH-6952 Canobbio

Sarah Owens

Professor of Visual Communication
Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK
Toni-Areal
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
CH-8005 Zürich

Claudia Mareis

Head of the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, IXDM
FHNW Academy of Art and Design – Basel
Freiplatz
CH-4027 Basel

Isabel Rosa Müggler Zumstein

Head of Research Group Products & Textiles, Lecturer
Lucerne School of Art and Design, HSLU
Sentimatt 1
CH-6003 Lucerne

Anne-Catherine Sutermeister

Research coordinator Art & Design Domain HES-SO
University of Art&Design Geneva, HEAD
15, Boulevard James-Fazy
CH-1201 Geneva