People for People

Our academic staff within Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa design, exhibit, and publish their work internationally. This can take the form of journal articles, book chapters, solo and group exhibitions, live performances, and curatorial projects. With the Centre of Design Research, we are building on these areas of strength by championing our practice-based design researchers and increasing the visibility of their research.

The Centre for Design Research supports colleagues in a number of ways, including PhDs, event funding, research bid development and running symposia and lectures.

Within the School, we are developing a forward-facing approach to design research that challenges the status quo and prompts the re-thinking of assumptions. We encourage our researchers to highlight how design contributes to society by challenging and questioning how things are made, discussed, practiced, described, and understood.

Our research is pursued within a culture of creative curiosity that values equally the contribution of hand skill, machine and digital technologies and theoretical contexts as means towards this end. Through both informal dialogue and more disciplined and structured engagements, the Centre will help interrogate the design relationships within the School and how they relate to our broader cultural, social and political milieu.

Centre for Design Research
Te Kura Toi a Hoahoa
School of Art and Design

Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makau Rau,
Auckland University of Technology


Susan Hedges
Mandy Smith

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish images or illustrations with their papers in CDR; neither editors nor publishers of CDR accept responsibility for any author’s/authors’ failure to do so.

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