Keynote Speakers

Following the review of submitted abstracts the conference’s Programme Committee identified three core themes that we believe will be at the centre of discussion during this conference, and accordingly we invited three speakers to sketch out the perimeters of these themes in relation and reference to the notion of designed experiences in their keynotes.


1. Experiential Aesthetics

Observations on Aesthetics in Experience Design
Prof. Ilpo Koskinen
School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Ilpo Koskinen joined the HKPolyU’s School of Design only in August 2014, after many years teaching and research at the Department of Design of Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. His PhD was in sociology, but he thinks design is far more fun. He has been interested in industrial design and information technology, and lately service and community design, always from a research point of view.

His specialty is design methodology; his most recent book was Design Research through Practice (Burlington, MA: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011). Apart from that he has published well over 100 papers, conference papers and books.


2. Participation/Co-Creation/Co-Production/Co-Experience

Engaging People : Engaging Design
Prof. Nick Tyler
Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering Department, University College London, England

Nick Tyler (CBE, FREng) studied at the Royal College of Music and performed for a number of years as a professional oboist. After a spell in industry, he came to UCL to research the design of high capacity bus systems using artificial intelligence and, since 2003, has been the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering. He founded the Accessibility Research Group and invented the Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA) at UCL, which enables detailed study of person-environment interactions. He has a history of developing methods for public participation in public transport design decisions, including work on vehicle design, infrastructure and operations. He mixes artistic and engineering approaches to create a transdisciplinary model for design and decision-making challenges. In 2014, a group of multidisciplinary designers at UCL, including Nick, formed the Universal Composition Laboratory at UCL (UCL-squared) to research, facilitate and implement multisensorial design in space and time.


3. Contexts & Relations

Curatorial Networks: Designing Alternative Landscapes to Commercial Interventions
Ms. Marisa Yiu
School of Architecture, Chinese University Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Marisa Yiu is an architect and Founding Partner of ESKYIU, a multi-disciplinary architecture studio actively integrating culture, community, art and technology based in Hong Kong. She was the Chief Curator of the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture; and recently curated the POP-UP Studio-X Shenzhen. Along with her partner Eric Schuldenfrei, they were awarded the ‘Architectural League Prize’ for their design installations featured in the Venice Biennale and New York’s Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. They edited, INSTANT CULTURE: Architecture and Urbanism as a Collective Process (Hong Kong: MCCM Creations, 2011) and co-authored an essay on Hong Kong in High-Rise – Idea and Reality (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012). Marisa’s work and writings have also been published in A/D, Log, DomusChina, MIT’s thresholds, Routledge, M+ inflation catalogue, Architectural Record and JAE.


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