Research through Design offers a new perspective on creating knowledge. Recently started design projects in the field of fashion, design and architecture provide us with unique insights into the nature of design as a research method. A whole range of different projects, from lightweight materials to smart clothing, and the empowerment of the elderly; all thesel give us the opportunity to explore this practice-based research.

The focus of attention in this track are those projects ‘honoured’ by Technology foundation STW, NWO Humanities and Taskforce for Applied Research SIA. The results of these will be presented by keynote speakers and discussions held with the experts.



 10:00 - 11:00

During the project pitches, the speakers will tell more about his or her research project granted within the Research through Design program, their approach to research through design and present the first results. At the end of each talk there is an opportunity for a few questions from the audience.

Keynote lecture 'Revitalisation By Design'

speaker: Prof. Martyn Evans

Project pitch: Smart clothing for thermal control of the human body
New and innovative solutions for clothing which can actively control our body temperature are created by combining different heating and cooling technologies with sensors and actuators, while integrating these in new smart clothing prototypes. 

speaker: Prof. dr. Hein Daanen

moderator: Kees Dorst


 11:30 - 12:30

During the project pitches, the speakers will tell more about his or her research project granted within the Research through Design program, their approach to research through design and present the first results. At the end of each talk there is an opportunity for a few questions from the audience.

Project pitch: Resourceful Ageing
This approach moves away from the idea of the elderly as frail, passive and technologically incompetent, a sterotype that underlies much of today’s healthcare technology. Instead, this project promotes a view of the elderly as being extremely capable of creatively dealing with the everyday challenges they encounter as they age.

speaker: Prof. dr. Elisa Giaccardi

Project pitch: Double Face 2.0
Few architectural works draw aesthetic advantage from technical aspects; technology is often seen as a constraint limiting creativity rather than inspiring principles that become part of the design identity. With the design of the novel type of Trombe wall system, we aimed to combine a high technical performance witht its engineering performances, demonstrating the value of an integrated design identity.

speaker: dr. ir. Martin Tenpierik

Project pitch: Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration
Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration are autonomous structures that will make a meaningful contribution to the stabilization of endangered ecosystems, conservation of biodiversity and creation of a new environment, focusing on environments with a huge concentration of carbon dioxide.

speaker: dr. Raoul Frese

Project pitch: Beyond the Current
Many design solutions are produced without paying much attention to the architectural and cultural heritage quality, as well as not researching consumer preferences and means. These aspects are of increasingly important when designing non-row housing, particularly in the larger cities. This proposal aims to generate design solutions for the deep renovation of representative parts of the more complex housing stock, to increase both energy efficiency and architectural quality. 

speaker: Prof. dr. ir. Vincent Gruis

moderator: Kees Dorst


 13:30 - 14:30

During the project pitches, the speakers will tell more about his or her research project granted within the Research through Design program, their approach to research through design and present the first results. At the end of each talk there is an opportunity for a few questions from the audience.

Project pitch: Mycelium-based materials for product design
There is a growing need for society to reduce its dependence on finite oil-based materials and move towards to sustainable alternatives. Mycelium-based composite is an interwoven network of fungal hyphae, a good  example of an alternative.

speaker: Prof. dr. Han Wösten

Project pitch: Really cooling water bodies in cities
Urban heat problems will be exacerbated and peak rain fall will increase: these predicted  climate problems need to be resolved quickly. By studying configurations of shading, evaporation and ventilation objects around bodies of  water, we can improve ‘human thermal sensation in cities’

speaker: Dr. dipl. ing. Sanda Lenzholzer

Project pitch: Tools to Support Thinking about Personal Futures
Local government, service providers, and individuals are increasingly expected to be responsible for their own  futures. In this project, newly developed tools will enable individuals to create images of their own future, and use these when discussing and developing their options, arrangements, and plans, either alone and/or with personal and professional relations.

speaker: dr. ir. Froukje Sleeswijk Visser

Project pitch: Participatory City Making
This new city making process is not only about bringing various disciplines together that address urban developments, but foremost seeks to establish a collaborative effort of defining a new way of working between professional designers, academics, policy makers and citizens.

speaker: dr. Ingrid Mulder

moderator: Kees Dorst


 13:30 - 14:30

Research through Design: looking toward the future.
During the day inspiring examples of projects using 'research through design' have been presented. The panel discussion will reflect on what is currently happening with the research field of research through design, the research program and look towards the future.

Panel members: Prof. dr. ir. Lara Schrijver, Prof. ir. Daan van Eijk, Prof. dr. ir. Caroline Hummels & Kees Dorst

moderator: Prof. José Teunissen


The Research Through Design Track is also brought to you by STW, SIA and NWO-Humanities.



is professor in exercise physiology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and specialized in 3D anthropometry (applied in fit of garments) and thermal physiology (heat loss through garments).                              
currently holds position of Design United professor, looking into the development of Research Through Design methodologies. He is trained as an industrial designer and philosopher, is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, and the founder/director of the UTS Design Innovation Research Centre.

is Professor in the section Applied Ergonomics and Design at the TUDelft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and programme director of CLICKNL Design. 


is professor of Design at the Manchester School of Art and a product designer. His research explores the approaches designers use to conceptualise and communicate the future. He is also an Expert Advisor to the European Commission funded Design for Europe project.


studied physics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD at the VU University Amsterdam. There he established his research group biohybrid solar cells investigating photosynthetic material interconnected in solar cells.
is Chair of Interactive Media Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering where she leads the Connected Everyday Lab. She received a Technology Fellowship for top female scientists and is a speaker at TEDx on the Internet of Things. 

is professor of Housing Management at TU Delft, part-time professor at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, member of the board of supervisors of a housing association and board member of the Dutch Association of Real Estate Researchers.


is professor “Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities” at the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where she is heading the Designing Quality in Interaction group and the interdepartmental focus area Participatory Health and Wellbeing at TU/e.


is Associate Professor at Wageningen University and Principal Investigator at AMS.She is a landscape architect and urban designer with international practical experience. Since 2004 she has been teaching at Wageningen University. Her research focuses on climate-responsive design.


is an expert in transformative and social design. She is an Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology with a background in Policy and Organization Sciences (MA, University of Tilburg) and Educational Sciences and Technology (PhD, University of Twente).


is Professor in Architecture at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, and was 2013-2014 DAAD guest professor at the Dessau Institute of Architecture. Her research focus is on twentieth-century architecture and its theories.

is assistant professor service design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the TU Delft. Her research addresses involving users and stakeholders in innovation processes. She also runs her own design company Contextqueen.

is assistant professor in Building Physics, head of the section Computation & Climate Design at TUDelft’s faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, former board member of the Dutch-Flemish Building Physics Association and a registered architect in the Netherlands.


is Dean of the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion and Professor of Fashion Theory. She holds a Visiting Professorship in Fashion Theory and Research at ArtEZ and works as an independent fashion curator.

is head of the Department of Biology at Utrecht University and has a chair in Microbiology. His group studies fungal growth and development. Dr. Wösten received the Dutch Innovative Research PIONIER grant and was awarded 3 research prizes among which the prestigious Simon Stevin Meester Award. Dr Wösten is part of the management team of the public private partnership BE BASIC and is president of the Royal Dutch Society for Microbiology KNVM.


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