The Design Network present


Thursday 28th January

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  • Doors 6:30pm |
  • Free |
  • Reserved Seating |
  • Under 18s accompanied by an adult

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Hosted by the Design Network, a partnership between the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

We have an exciting opportunity to network with leading European Design academics, and hear inspirational talks around developing areas of Design.

Come and join the final night of the Glasgow School of Art’s first Winter School in the Highlands and Islands, which has brought together 80 international academics and students to research in the region.

Over drinks you will hear lectures by two Design academics and network with the Winter School attendees.



Professor Philipp Heidkamp from Köln International School of Design (University of Technology, Arts, Sciences)
Joachim Halse, Associate Professor from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK).



Both professors will share insights into the developing role of design in today’s modern world, and its potential to engage global and local audiences.


By Professor Philipp Heidkamp

Forty-five years after Robert Venturis’ book, Learning from Las Vegas, it is time to rethink where and from whom designers can learn in a globalised world.

Design practice can now demonstrate its capacity to engage with complex problems for a local and global audience.
Drawing from his experience working with international communities, Professor Heidkamp’s talk is based on the understanding of design as an integrative, interdisciplinary and multi-perspective practice. He addresses questions around who to work with and how to work with them to identify real design opportunities for complex challenges.


By Associate Professor Joachim Halse

For more than four decades, Participatory Design has provided exemplars and concepts to understand the democratic potential of design participation. In this talk, Halse draws on examples of contemporary design engagements around waste handling in Copenhagen and nation building in Kosovo. He does this to start a discussion around how participatory design may be reinvigorated as a design research programme for democratic design experiments.



Joachim Halse

Joachim Halse is Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, directing the MA programme in Co-Design, and co-director of the research centre CODE. His work has pioneered new forms of civic participation in future-making around issues as diverse as public policy, healthcare services, waste handling and sustainability. Halse’s main contributions to design anthropology include his PhD thesis on the topic (2008), the book Rehearsing the Future (2010), and co-founding the international Research Network for Design Anthropology.

Philipp Heidkamp

Professor Philipp Heidkamp studied visual Design at the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd. From 1992, he worked on a multitude of diverse projects in different design studios. He has lectured and published extensively with a particular focus on interface design.

From 1994-1998, he was an artistic and scientific collaborator for interactive media and networks at the Academy of Media Art, Cologne. In 1995, he founded Syntax Design together with his partners to explore digital interface and interaction design. The spectrum of the projects incorporates the development of electronic communication media for the EXPO 2000 and interfaces for interactive television, to concepts for mobile information and orientation systems.

As well as heading up his own design studio, Philipp continues to teach and has been a Professor of Interface Design at the Köln International School of Design (KISD) since 2001. He was Head of School at KISD from 2002-2006, when he became Dean of the Faculty for the Cultural Sciences. He has also been Head of Programme for the MA European Design since 2006.