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 a national and international level.

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

  • In lobbying for and briefing national institutions and organisations 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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The members of the SDN are the seven Swiss Universities of Art & Design

Each member institute is engaged in research with its own particular design research focus. Discover the different institutes and design research projects:

Members

Member Logo ECAL

ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne
5, avenue du Temple, Renens VD
Case postale 555
CH-1001 Lausanne

Member Logo FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst
Freilager-Platz 1
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

Member Logo Head Genève

HEAD – Genève
Av de Châtelaine 5
1203 Genève

Member Logo hkb Hochschule der Künste Bern

Hochschule der Künste Bern
Fellerstrasse 11
3027 Bern

Member Logo Hochschule Luzern

Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst
745 Viscosistadt
Nylsuisseplatz 1
CH- 6020 Luzern-Emmenbrücke

Member Logo supsi University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland

SUPSI-DACD
Campus Mendrisio
Via Francesco Catenazzi 23
CH-6850 Mendrisio

Member Logo zhdk Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

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

Board Members

Sarah Owens

President of the Swiss Design Network
Professor of Visual Communication

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

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Davide Fornari

Vice President of the Swiss Design Network
Associate professor
Head of R&D

ECAL Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne
5, avenue du Temple
CH-1020 Renens

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Anthony Masure

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

HEAD – Genève
Avenue de Châtelaine 5
CH-1203 Genève

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Martin Wiedmer

Vice Dean Head of Research

Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst
745 Viscosistadt
Nylsuisseplatz 1
CH- 6020 Luzern-Emmenbrücke

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Meret Ernst

FHNW Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst 
Freilager-Platz 1
4142 Münchenstein b. Basel

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Minou Afzali

Deputy Head of Institute of Design Research

Hochschule der Künste Bern
Fellerstrasse 11
3027 Bern

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Serena Cangiano

Head of Fabrication Lab, researcher at Institute of Design SUPSI

SUPSI-DACD
Campus Mendrisio
Via Francesco Catenazzi 23
CH-6850 Mendrisio

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