Charles L. Owen Professor in Design, Director of Action Lab and PhD Program Coordinator
Carlos Teixeira is the Charles L. Owen Professor in Design at IIT Institute of Design (ID), where he teaches graduate courses and advises doctoral students on the strategic use of design capabilities in complex spaces of innovation. He is also faculty director of the Action Lab.
He is the founder of ORGE Innovation Consulting, which advises global leaders in organizations on how to build the know-how to innovate through design capabilities and strategies. Carlos received a doctorate in design from ID in 2002. Previous to his PhD, he received a master’s and bachelor’s degree in design from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before joining ID in 2016, Carlos served as a faculty member at Parsons School of Design in New York (2003–09), where he was instrumental in developing undergraduate and graduate programs in strategic design and transdisciplinary design. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award by The New School for his innovative pedagogy in graduate design studios and projects.
Carlos’s research interests include the areas of design strategy, open innovation, and sustainable solutions. The central question of his current research is, “How can design affect the lives and wellbeing of people and communities by leveraging the interconnectivity of markets, technology, environment, finance, and social networks?” In 2019 Carlos received a $100,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for the Flag Calumet research project, part of a partnership between ID and the Calumet Cooperative.
WHAT RESERACH DOES A Ph.D. IN DESIGN DO? HOW AND WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
In this lecture, Carlos Teixeira, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Design at IIT – Institute of Design argues that individuals, communities, and organizations are at the intersection of multiple social, environmental, and technological disruptions. Their life and work experiences will result from the solutions we design for those new realities. He will present doctoral research findings addressing contemporary design challenges in sustainability, equity, and intelligence. The central question of his research is, “How can design affect the lives and wellbeing of people and communities by leveraging the interconnectivity of markets, technology, environment, finance, and social networks?” In addition, case studies with design solutions in food, energy, and mobility systems will demonstrate practical applications of research findings from doctoral studies in design.