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Elena Maria Formia

Full Professor

Department of Architecture

Academic discipline: ICAR/13 Design

Director of First Cycle Degree in Industrial Design

Curriculum vitae

Elena Formia is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, where she is Director of First Cycle Degree in Industrial Design and the Second Cycle Degree in Advanced Design.

She is member of the Advanced Design Unit, a research group that investigates the relationships between design cultures, innovation and anticipation through a cross-disciplinary approach. Within this context, she is investigating, in a historical perspective, how ideas of futures were embedded in artefacts and/or in design projects.

The interest towards possible overlaps between design sciences and humanistic knowledge started in 2012, when she worked at the Humanities Design Lab, a trans-disciplinary platform of the Politecnico di Milano (Design Department).

As Director of the Design Programmes of the University of Bologna, she has developed new research interests in the field of Future Design in Knowledge Re-activation, investigating Innovation in Design Education as well as Innovation in Education by Design (Symposium FutureDesignEd "Innovation in Design Education - Innovation in Education by Design", 1st ed., Bologna 2017; Simposium FutureDesignEd "Updating Values", 2nd edition, San Marino, 2020; Winter School "Design for Responsible Innovation", 2020-2021).

She is among the funding members of the Latin Network for the Development of Design as a Process and she coordinated research and communication activities partially described in the book Innovation in Design Education. Theory, research and processes to and from a Latin perspective (Allemandi 2012). In 2022, she co-curated the 8th edition of the International Forum of Design as a Process "Disrupting Geographies in the Design World", held in Bologna in collaboration with Universidad Catolica de Chile and il Tecnologico de Monterrey (TEC), Mexico.

Since 2021, she is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of "diid Disegno Industriale - Industrial Design" (an open access, peer-reviewed scientific design journal edited by Bononia University Press founded in 2002).

Previously (2008-2012) she hold a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at the Politecnico di Torino, Architectural and Design Department. In 2007 she completed a Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Town Planning at the Politecnico di Torino.

She taught Design Cultures at the Design Degree Courses of the University of Bologna and Politecnico di Milano. She hold workshops and seminars in national and international universities such as TEC Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico (2014) and Politecnico di Milano (2014).

She is author of the books Storie e cronache del design (Allemandi 2012 – with Pier Paolo Peruccio), Storie di Futuri e Design (Maggioli 2017), Design e mutazioni. Processi per la trasformazione continua della città (BUP 2021 - with Valentina Gianfrate and Elena Vai) and editor of the books Innovation in Design Education. Theory, research and processes to and from a Latin perspective (Allemandi 2012), Humanities Design Lab. Le culture del progetto e le scienze umane e sociali (Maggioli 2016 – with Manuela Celi).

She wrote articles for international scientific journals such as "I+Diseño", "The Art Newspaper", "Strategic Design Research Journal", "Design and Culture", "The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies", "Journal of Design History", "DIID".

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