Learn x Design 2016 Conference

Planning for the Learn x Design 2016 conference happening on June 25-26 2016 is underway!  The conference organizers are looking for YOUR help to make this conference as much of a success as our prior three.

This conference will provide an important step to creating a policy through workshops demonstrating strategies for teaching design and sessions explaining research studies in design education…. as well as provide opportunities for learning about the potential of teaching design and building partnerships.

Click on the link below for more details and for our call for proposals:

LxD2016 conference information


Registration is now open!

This year, we will be using Eventbrite to manage the ticketing process.  Payments may be made through Eventbrite using the PayPal processor that will allow you to use PayPal, credit or debit cards.  Payments for conference fees may not be made on site, and registration will close one week prior to the event.

Saturday June 25, 2016

8:45-9:30 AM

Registration on First Floor

9:30-9:55 AM

Welcome announcements
in Fourth Floor Great Room

10:00-10:30 AM

Nadia Williams & Joelle Riffle:
under(REPRESENT)ed Youth:
Centering Identities in Design

Location: Second Floor

Anthony Guido
City Lab: Emerging ideas about the community
as a learning landscape

Location: First Floor

Judson Kline
Transforming Education through
Architecture Community High
(TEACH) School Program

Location: Fourth Floor

10:40-11:40 AM

Delane Ingalls Vanada
Exploring Students Balanced and
Successful Thinking in Design- and
Project-based Classrooms

Location: Fourth Floor

Anna Sanko
STEAM: 2D to 3D Math Applications
Location: Second Floor

Doris Wells-Papanek
Engaging the Mindsets of Creative
Problem Solvers via High-Impact
Design Learning Strategies

Location: First Floor

11:50-12:20 PM

Louise Manfredi & Scott Warner
A New Paradigm for Graduate Education
Location: Second Floor

Wendy Friedmeyer
Teachers’ perceptions of the effect of
physical space on student engagement

Location: Fourth Floor

Leila Aflatoony
Assessing the Student’s Perception of
Design Thinking through visual representations

Location: First Floor

12:20-1:20 PM


1:20-2:20 PM

Keynote Presentation:
James Pannafino

Location: Fourth Floor Great Room

2:30-3:00 PM

Joe Schwartz
Poster Session: The Design Thinking
Process via 3-D Chair Design

Location: Second Floor

Joan Inderhees
What did you wish you had known about
teaching an undergraduate design studio?
(And how are we telling this to our new faculty?)

Location: Fourth Floor

Tito F. Williams
Imagine, Act, Impact
Location: First Floor


3:10-4:10 PM

Teri Giobbia
sTEAM Power— Let’s get real!
Location: Fourth Floor

Judson Kline
Leading K-12 Educational Curricula
in Architectural Programs

Location: First Floor

Rande Blank
Use Design Thinking to address Challenges
with your Students with Special Needs
Location: Second Floor

4:10-4:40 PM
Afternoon Break

4:40-5:10 PM

Stephen Sun
Periodic Table of Learning
Location: Second Floor

Phil Holcombe, Rob Melville,
Lynn Berkowitz 

How Community Partnerships
Prioritize Authentic Learning

Location: Fourth Floor

Sunand Bhattacharya
Future of the Design Learning Landscape:
A Research Project by Students for Students

Location: First Floor

6:00-8:00 PM

Conference Reception at Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship

Sunday June 26, 2016

9:15-9:30 AM

Welcome on First Floor

9:30-10:00 AM

Heather Corcoran
Can learning design process improve college readiness?
Location: Second Floor

Chris Navetta
Poster Session: Flipped Textbooks:
Visual Learning by Design

Location: First Floor

Susan Zwirn & Robin Vande Zande
Differences between Art and Design Education
Location: Fourth Floor

10:10-10:40 AM

Marty Rayala
Design-Lab High and the XQ
Super School Challenge   

Location: Fourth Floor

Courtney Weida & Carlee Bradbury
(Re)Designing Girlhood Cultures: Case Studies in Collaboration & Creativity  
Location: Second Floor

Harriet McKay
Growing up with writing, design and humanitarian instinct.
Critical and Historical Studies for Art & Design
at the Royal College of Art, London

Location: First Floor

11:20-12:20 PM

Joe Mock
Surviving the First Year in a Brand New
Design Thinking School

Location: Fourth Floor

Wendy Friedmeyer
Designing Educators: Practicing design thinking for your classroom
Location: First Floor

Rose Gonnella & Jeff Barcan
Let’s Charrette! An integrated,
collaborative learning experience

Location: Second Floor

12:20-1:20 PM


1:20-2:20 PM

Keynote Presentation:
Kevin Henry
(via Skype from Barcelona)
Location: Fourth Floor Great Room

2:20-3:20 PM

Robin Vande Zande
Full Conference Working Group
on National Design Education Standards

Location: Fourth Floor Great Room

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Louise Manfredi & Scott Warner
Practicing Designerly Education
Location: Fourth Floor

Liz Kramer
Role of Partnerships in a Successful and Sustainable Design Initiative
Location: First Floor

Kristin Callahan
Developing a Consciousness of Influence through
Aesthetic Engagement and Critical Inquiry

Location: Second Floor

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Conference wrap-up
and closing questionnaire
Location: Fourth Floor Great Room



KEYNOTE DAY 1: James Pannafino

James Pannafino is an associate professor at Millersville University, Pennsylvania in the Art and Design department where he teaches digital theory, interaction, experience and motion design courses.

He has published two books, Interdisciplinary Interaction Design and Common College Sense. James writes regularly for HOWDesign.com on interactive design concepts and tools.

James has presented at conferences at the following institutions and universities: HOW Interactive Design, Fordham University, Harvard University, Maryland Institute of College and Art, Penn State University and NYU.


KEYNOTE DAY 2: Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry is an award-winning industrial designer (IDEA and Good Design awards) and currently an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches product and interaction design.

He is interested in the power of visualization across the entire design spectrum from rapid-ideation sketching (form-giving) to scenario-based visualization (service and experience design), to information and interaction design (mobile technology).

His current focus of research deals with the cognitive implications of visualization (from quick thumbnail sketch to high fidelity rendering) on the design process and how visualization, by analogy, naturally extends into physical prototyping. His new course <i>Sketching For Product Design</i> is now part of the lynda.com library.


The Learn x Design 2016 conference is fortunate enough to be hosted this year by the DuPont Environmental Education Center of Delaware Nature Society (DEEC).

Located on the edge of the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, DEEC is the city’s most unique and natural place where the city, river, and marsh meet. The site is open to the public year-round and features educational programs and a pond loop that extends into the marsh.

DEEC offers safe, fun and educational outdoor experiences for all ages and offer programs for schools and groups such as teachers, community and recreation centers, faith-based groups, scouts, and professional organizations. We provide a wide variety of free and low-cost programs, and we work to improve the health of the environment and community.

For more information on DEEC, please click HERE.

The Learn x Design 2016 conference will be co-hosted this year by Design-Lab High School of Newark, Delaware.  In its first year of existence, Design-Lab successfully recruited 240 students in grades 9-10 for its inaugural class. Spaces for the fall of 2016 have already been booked up and the school will be at its current capacity of 375 students in grades 9-11.

By their own description, “DESIGN-LAB SCHOOLS offers a wide range of educational and management consulting services to K-12 public, charter, parochial and independent schools and districts. We are a seasoned team of educational and business leaders with first-hand knowledge of the complex challenges facing today’s schools and an urgent commitment to transform education so that all children will have promising futures.

Design-Lab high school offers instruction in a technology-rich learning environment that utilizes methodology in Design Thinking, STEMD and a Project-Based service learning core that helps their students apply, in-depth, the content they learn. Service learning is the lens through which their students identify, study, and solve problems facing their city and the world.

For more information on Design-Lab schools, please click HERE.

Situated along the scenic Wilmington Riverfront, this year’s Learn x Design 2016 conference is sure to be as relaxing as it is informative!  A short walk from our conference site at the Dupont Environmental Education Center, the Wilmington Riverfront district is home to many shops, restaurants and scenic views.

Saturday evening’s reception for attendees who purchase a full conference package will be on the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of the historic tall ship – a truly unique experience for our guests!


Thank you to the Dupont Environmental Education Center, our host sponsor for the weekend.  We couldn’t have done this without you!