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Join Professor Mugendi K M’Rithaa, President Emeritus of the World Design Organisation and panelists from University of the Arts London (UAL) as we launch Research Fortnight 2018 with a free public lecture followed by a panel discussion and audience questions.

Educator, researcher and one of Africa’s foremost industrial designers, Mugendi will outline his vision for an inclusive, equality-led design philosophy, to help address social, economic and environmental issues and put the interests of vulnerable and minority populations at the forefront of design thinking. He’ll also talk about storytelling as a method for determining design narratives.

When and where: Monday 5 March 2018 | London College of Fashion | 6.30-8pm, followed by a reception. Book now


Dr Kate Goldsworthy, Reader in Circular Textile Design and Co-Director of the Centre for Circular Design, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL
Dr Sarah Rhodes, Research Fellow Pharma-Factory Creative Lenses, Central Saint Martins, UAL
Professor Carol Tulloch, Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Colleges, UAL
Cher Potter, Senior Research Fellow in ‘Design Futures’, Victoria & Albert Museum and London College of Fashion, UAL

– Introduction by Professor Oriana Baddeley, Dean of Research, London College of Fashion, UAL
– Chair: Dr Pratap Rughani, Associate Dean of Research, Reader and Course Director of MA Documentary Film, London College of Communication, UAL

Introduction from Professor Jane Harris, Associate Dean of Research, London College of Fashion, UAL

“We currently understand inclusive design from a fairly monodisciplinary perspective – that is, design which foregrounds the interests of those with disabilities, the ageing and those with material or sensory challenges. In recent years, the strides made by design and education communities have raised awareness of the challenges associated with designing for the disabled, and the related spectrum of challenges. A testament to this is the formation of the Global Disability Innovation Hub, which coalesces research expertise from University of the Arts London (UAL), University College London and University of Loughborough ahead of the partners’ 2022 move to Stratford Waterfront. Yet, with increasing global challenges, broader definitions of inclusive design are emerging.               

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Professor Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, outgoing President of the World Design Organisation, Visiting Professor at London College of Fashion and a distinctly global thinker. He will introduce his bold but nuanced interdisciplinary approach to inclusive design, and expand on how he integrates social, geo-political, economic and environmental challenges into his thinking. As he transitions to a mentor position to the World Design Organisation Board, Professor M’Rithaa will reflect on the inclusive design achievements that have shaped his career, and take the opportunity to expand on the challenges with which we are now confronted. Finally, he intends to discuss how storytelling mechanisms, such as proverbs, can determine design narratives”

Details and booking

This event is open to the public. To attend please book your place.

Image courtesy of the World Design Organisation