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Nominations for Design Studies 2020 Best Paper Award

Nominations for Design Studies 2020 Best Paper Award

We are pleased to announce the nominations for the Design Studies Award for the best paper published in 2020. The award is made annually, jointly by Elsevier Science and the Design Research Society in recognition of the contribution to advancing knowledge in the field of design research.



Nominations for the Award are made by the journal Editors and the winner selected by the Editor-in-Chief and the Chair of the DRS. This collection of outstanding research papers has been made available freely as an open access Article Collection until March 31, 2022. Please visit:

The criteria for the Award are:

  • contribution to the development of the field of design research;
  • originality of research or scholarship;
  • breadth of relevance;
  • clarity and style of presentation.


Nominated Papers

Between specificity and openness: How architects deal with design-use complexities
Liesbeth Stam, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Ann Heylighen

Make and break details: The architecture of design-build education
Claire Nicholas, Arlene Oak

Crafters, explorers, innovators, and co-creators: Narratives in designers’ identity work
Tua A. Björklund, Teo Keipi, Hanna Maula

Where next for design research? Understanding research impact and theory building
Philip Cash

Developing critical documentation practices for design researchers
Zoë Sadokierski

Increasing team ideation by sequencing the task type and content
Nicoleta Meslec, Daniel Graff, Mark A. Clark