2016 IDSA International Conference: Making Things Happen | Education Symposium

Educators and Designers,

Please  join us on August 17, 2016 for the 2016 IDSA/Eastman Innovation Lab Education Symposium at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The Symposium is a gateway to the 2016 IDSA International Conference chaired by Sooshin Choi, IDSA, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

This is an exciting—yet challenging—time for design educators, as the discipline continues to grow and adapt cutting-edge resources. Contextual opportunities and issues in academia often drive the interpretation of #MakingThingsHappen, but we as a community should disseminate how this year’s theme relates to design education. We have planned this Symposium to facilitate empowering engagements and networking opportunities with your peers from all over the world.

Here’s an idea of what you can expect and what we hope to achieve during this year’s Symposium:

  • Interactive panel discussion on tenure and promotion reviews
  • TED Talk-style, paper presentation format
  • Lively group discussion, sharing curriculum ideas
  • Engaging speakers covering relevant topics

This is your event and I’m personally inviting you to join this community of design educators where your presence will be greatly appreciated. We hope you choose to be part of this unique exchange and enrich us with your expertise. I look forward to welcoming  you to Detroit.


Scott Shim, IDSA
Education VP, IDSA Board of Directors
Professor of Industrial Design, University of Notre Dame