Fellows of the Design Research Society

Conferment of the title of Fellow of the Design Research Society (FDRS) acknowledges an established record of achievement in design research, and attainment of peer recognition as a researcher of professional standing and competence.


List of DRS Fellows

  • Professor Tracy Bhamra (Loughborough University, UK)

  • Professor Richard Bibb (Loughborough University, UK)

  • Professor Lin-Lin Chen (Technological University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

  • Professor Hua Dong (Loughborough University, UK)

  • Professor Linda Drew (Ravensbourne College, UK)

  • Professor Alpay Er (Ozyegin University, Turkey)

  • Professor Thomas Fischer (Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China)

  • Professor Ken Friedman (Tongji University, China & Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)

  • Dr. Per Galle (Danmarks Designskole, Denmark)

  • Professor Ashley Hall (Royal College of Art, UK)

  • Dr. David Hands (University of Lancaster, UK)

  • Professor Ann Heylighen (KU Leuven, Belgium)

  • Professor Jack Ingram (Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, UK)

  • Professor Robert Jerrard (Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, UK)

  • Dr. Steve Love (Glasgow School of Art, UK)

  • Professor Alastair Macdonald (Glasgow School of Art, UK)

  • Professor Sanjoy Mazumdar (University of California, Irvine, USA)

  • Professor Judith Mottram (University of Lancaster, UK)

  • Dr. Gjoko Muratovski (University of Cincinnati, USA)

  • Professor Yukari Nagai (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

  • Dr. Christopher Nemeth (Applied Research Associates Inc, USA)

  • Professor Rivka Oxman (Technion, Haifa, Israel)

  • Professor Tiiu Poldma (Université de Montréal, Canada)

  • Professor Lubomir Popov (Bowling Green State University, USA)

  • Professor Vesna Popovic (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

  • Professor Johan Redström (Umeå University, Sweden)

  • Professor Yoram Reich (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

  • Professor Robin Roy (The Open University, UK)

  • Professor Keiichi Sato (Illinois Institute of Technology, USA)

  • Professor Pamela Schenk (Heriot-Watt University, UK)

  • Professor Stephen Scrivener (University of the Arts, London, UK)

  • Professor Kin Wai Michael Siu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)

  • Professor Erik Stolterman (University of Umeå, Sweden)

  • Professor Toshiharu Taura (Kobe University, Japan)

  • Professor Teal Triggs (Royal College of Art, UK)

  • Professor Fred van Houten (Technical University of Twente, The Netherlands)

  • Professor Sue Walker (University of Reading, UK)

  • Professor Martin Woolley (University of Coventry, UK)

  • Professor Pradeep Yammiyavar (Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India)


Honorary Fellows of the DRS

Honorary Fellows are from time to time appointed by invitation of the DRS. Appointees are regarded as being of exceptional standing, having made a significant and sustained contribution to the objectives of the Society. Appointees normally will be Fellows of the DRS.


Honorary DRS Fellows Appointed

  • Professor Rachel Cooper

  • Professor Nigel Cross

  • Professor David Durling

  • John Christopher Jones

  • Professor John Langrish

  • Professor Kun-Pyo Lee

  • Professor Victor Margolin*

  • Professor Thomas Maver

  • Professor Donald Norman

  • Professor Charles Owen*



DRS Lifetime Achievement Awards

The DRS Lifetime Achievement Award is made to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals who have significantly contributed to the development of design research over a working lifetime.


DRS Lifetime Achievements Awarded

  • Professor Rachel Cooper (2016)

  • Professor Victor Margolin (2016)*

  • Professor Nigel Cross (2005)

  • Professor L. Bruce Archer (2004)*

  • John Christopher Jones (2004)



Becoming a Fellow of the DRS

Members of the Design Research Society may apply to become a Fellow of the DRS with conferment of the title acknowledging an established record of achievement in design research. The DRS Fellow annual subscription is £90.00 (GBP) per annum with fellows entitled to all the regular benefits of membership.

Fellowship of the DRS has significant benefits including:

  • Personal use of the suffix FDRS in recognition of being a Fellow of the Society;

  • Peer recognition as a significant design researcher;

  • Joining a community that is regularly consulted on the future of the DRS;

  • Eligibility to join the Fellows Election Committee.


Applicants should demonstrate:

  • A current membership of the Design Research Society;

  • A research qualification (normally a PhD or Masters degree by research);

  • At least 7 years experience of research relating to design, or research-based design practice;

  • A significant record of achievement in design research (for example publications of international standard, successful research projects, or education of postgraduate research students).


Applications must be supported by:

  • A case for election (maximum 1000 words) based on the above criteria;

  • Five outputs or achievements indicating a significant record;

  • A short curriculum vitae;

  • The nomination of two referees of standing in the field.


Application for a DRS Fellowship

You may apply to become a Fellow of the Society at any time.

Please contact the DRS Administrator at admin@designresearchsociety.org who will manage your application with the Chair of the Fellows Election Committee.