Design Research Society Conferences

The DRS organises a large international conference every two years to discuss and present current practice and theory in Design Research. Most recently, the DRS2016 conference in Brighton celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Society. You can access a range of articles, photos and the proceedings from the DRS2016 website. Our next international conference will be in Limerick, Ireland in June 2018. Please visit the DRS2018 website to find out further details.

The Society co-organises the DRS//CUMULUS biennial conferences, collaborates fully in the IASDR biennial conference series, and supports a range of other international design research events.


DRS Conferences

DRS2018:  Catalyst, Limerick, Ireland

DRS2016: Future-Focused Thinking (50th Anniversary Conference), Brighton, UK

DRS2014: Design's Big Debates, Umea, Sweden

DRS2012: Re:Search - Uncertainty, Contradiction and Value, Bangkok, Thailand

DRS2010: Design and Complexity, Montreal, Canada

DRS2008: Undisciplined!, Sheffield, United Kingdom

DRS2006: Wonderground, Lisbon, Portugal

DRS2004: Futureground, Melbourne, Australia

DRS2002: Common Ground, London, UK 

1998: Quantum Leap, Birmingham, UK

1984: The Role of the Designer, Bath, UK

1982: Design Policy, London, UK

1980: Design Science Method, Portsmouth, UK

1978: Architectural Design, Istanbul, Turkey

1976: Changing Design, Portsmouth, UK

1974: Problem Identification for Design, Manchester, UK

1973: The Design Activity, London, UK

1972: Design and Behaviour, Birmingham, UK

1971: Design Participation, Manchester, UK

1967: Design Methods in Architecture, Portsmouth, UK

1965: The Design Method, Birmingham, UK

1964: The Teaching of Engineering Design, Scarborough, UK

1962: Conference on Design Methods, London, UK


IASDR Conferences

IASDR 2017 Cincinnati

IASDR 2015 Brisbane

IASDR 2013 Tokyo

IASDR 2011 Delft

IASDR 2009 Seoul

IASDR 2007 Hong Kong

IASDR 2005 Taiwan


DRS//Cumulus Conferences

2017 Learn X Design, London

2015 Learn X Design, Chicago

2013 Design Learning for Tomorrow, Oslo

2011 DRS//Cumulus, Paris