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Posted by: Swinburne University of Technology on 1/11/2007 11:27:12 AM
Internationally renowned design researcher Professor Ken Friedman has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne.
Friedman is presently Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design, Department of Communication, Culture and Language at the Norwegian School of Management. He also holds a position as Research Professor at the Design Research Centre of Denmark's Design School.
Widely regarded as one of the top design researchers in the world, Friedman has an outstanding publication record. His research is at the intersection of three fields: design, management and art.
“I am delighted that Swinburne has been able to attract such a high profile internationally recognised academic to fill this important position,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Dale Murphy.
“Ken has articulated an exciting vision for the future of Design at Swinburne which will build on the excellent work of the previous Dean, Professor Helmut Lueckenhausen and the Acting Dean, Professor Lyndon Anderson.”
Friedman plays an active role in developing international research networks and conferences for the design research community as editor of the journal Artifact, as book reviews editor of Design Research News, and Communications Secretary of the Design Research Society.
He is also a practising artist and designer active in Fluxus, an international network of artists, composers and designers noted for blending different artistic media and disciplines.
In 2007, Loughborough University honored Friedman with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for outstanding contributions to design research.
He will take up his appointment at Swinburne in mid 2008.