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 a 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

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

Davide Fornari

Associate professor
Head of R&D

ECAL Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne

5, avenue du Temple
CH-1020 Renens

Anthony Masure

Responsable de l’Irad – Institut de Recherche en Art & Design
HEAD – Genève

Avenue de Châtelaine 5
CH-1203 Genève

Sarah Owens

Professor of Visual Communication
Zurich University of the Arts, ZHDK

Pfingstweidstrasse 96
CH-8005 Zürich

Martin Wiedmer

Vice Dean Head of Research
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, HSLU

Nylsuisseplatz 1, 745 Viscosistadt
6020 Luzern-Emmenbrücke