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Prof. Ken Friedman

Editor-in-Chief, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation
College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, China

DSc, honoris causa, 2007. Loughborough University. For outstanding contributions to design research. FDRS, 2006. Fellow of the Design Research Society. PhD, 1976. Graduate School of Human Behaviour, Alliant International University. BA, MA 1971, San Francisco State University

Ken Friedman is University Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He is Chair Professor of Design Innovation Studies, Tongji University College of Design and Innovation and a Fellow of The Policy Lab of Boston, Massachusetts. Friedman is Chief Investigator of Capacity Mapping for Integrative Design, a Flagship Collaborative Fund project for the Future Manufacturing Flagship of CSIRO, the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation. 


In 2007, Friedman was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne, a position he held through 2012. He has worked with national design policy in Australia, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Wales, and state design policy in Victoria. He was Advisor to the Federal Interdepartmental Committee for the Design Policy Scoping Process for the Office of the Arts in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and served as Co-Chair of the International Advisory Group for DesignGov, the Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design. Friedman helped to establish The Swinburne Design Factory and the Design Factory Global Network.

Ken Friedman works at the intersection of three fields: design, management, and art. He has developed international research networks and conferences in design research. He is an editorial board member of Design Studies, International Journal of Design, and Design and Culture, Visible Language, and the International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation. He is also is an editor of the Journal of Design Research and the journal Artifact. Friedman is a Council Member of the Design Research Society and a member of the executive board of The Interaction Design Foundation.

In 2007, Loughborough University honored Friedman with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for outstanding contributions to design research. The award citation by Public Orator Tony Hodgson appears at:

Summer 2007 Oration - Professor Ken Friedman

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