Design Education is a growing sector. In Western Europe the amount of Master studies in design is on the increase. In Eastern Europe, India and China the amount of Bachelor studies is growing and the amount of students per school or studio are growing as well. Besides the numerical growth, the Design-field is widening as well: New fields of design emerge on an ongoing basis. One can think of social design, interaction design, service design and design thinking. These are all sectors of the design field for where studies are being developed or will be developed. More and more different schools have a design related study in their curriculum, design is being taught in both technical-, managerial- and artistic schools and Universities at all of levels. Lucas Verweij initiated a roundup in corporation with DMY and the Dutch Embassy
DMY -the Berlin design festival- has strong bonds with educational bodies. Already 25 schools have subscribed to expose student’s work for the 2012 festival. Schools, faculty and students will come from Poland, Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Argentina and USA. The experimental character of the festival makes it popular with designers shortly before and after their graduation. The timing is good: DMY is held just before the semester ends in the low of the educational season. Former Airport Tempelhof is an Inspiring and typical Berlin location.
In recent years at DMY there has been a start of an educational round up in the festival. At this meeting there was a clear longing for further development of design educational knowledge. Therefore we want we want to broaden this year to a series of expert meetings and case studies. DMY and the Dutch Embassy will host the event. On behalf of the hosts, Lucas Verweij has taken the imitative to do so. Verweij has taught design, architecture and art in different schools in Germany and The Netherlands. He was dean of a Master study in Architecture & Urban design and a guest Professor for product design.
mapls1-6470About the format: open space expert meetings.
In design education there are many experts and most of the challenges we will discuss are new for all of us. To establish an international network, we believe it is best to treat all participants equally and have open expert-meetings. We want everybody to have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences. A dedicated moderator, who has experience in the topic, will host an issue. We do not want it to be a symposium with ‘people who speak’ versus ‘people who listen’ but an free and open exchange of knowledge and experiences.
There are two rounds of four expert meetings where participants can join at one of the topics. There is an open space for a topic that might come up. If you want to suggest a topic, let me know. Seven issues will be set in an open space setting. Every table issue will have a host. These are bottom-up meetings meant to share knowledge and establish a network of schools. Every meeting lasts 1 hour. All participants can choose two topics to attend.


Expert meeting round One
1. Open space: free for your idea or topic
2. New professional challenges, ‘How do I embed social & open design in the curriculum?’
Host: Ronen Kadushin, Guest professor University of Art and Design Halle, teaching Open Design.
4. How can the relation of design with society at large be taught or embedded in the curriculum?
5. Case study: Export design education to China. Prof. Egon Chemaitis, Uni der Künste, Berlin
Expert meeting round Two:
5. How can we prepare designers for a future of changing economic models. Host: Sophie Lovell,  freelance writer, editor and consultant in design.
6. What is the best structure for a design school to develop and embed a researching atmosphere?
7. What is the position of design in an art school?  What are the advantages and challenges of having design courses or design departments in an art school (in stead of an independent design school or at a technical school). Host: Prof. Carola Zwick, Kunsthochschule Weissensee. Berlin
8. What can be a fruitful relation between other disciplines (architecture, fashion, art) and design in education? Host: Lucas Verweij, former Dean Master study in Architecture and a guest Professor for product design.