The European Academy of Design EAD was formed to promote the publication and dissemination of research in design through conferences hosted by different educational institutions in Europe and the publication of proceedings, newsletters and a journal. It was also formed to improve European wide research collaboration and dissemination.

The EAD was formed in 1994, to 
improve European-wide research collaboration and 
dissemination and to promote the publication and dissemination of design research.

The Academy is headed by a committee of leading academics from across Europe, as well as from North 
America and Australia.

To date, the Academy has hosted ten international 

Since 1997, The Design Journal had been published in association with the European Academy of Design. This refereed journal, published four times each year, provides a platform for the 
dissemination of design thinking and research. It aims to 
encourage discussion across traditional boundaries between 
practice and theory, and between disciplines defined by working 
media, materials and areas of application.

The Academy also publishes the proceedings of its conferences.

Membership is open to all of those interested in design research, whether academic, student or practitioner.


Sapienza University of Rome , which was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII in Rome, with its 115,000 students and 4.000 professors and researchers, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a top performer in international university rankings thanks to the 63 Departments organized in 11 Faculties that drive high levels of excellence in several fields of knowledge.

The Department of Planning, Design, Technology of architecture (PDTa), within the Faculty of Architecture, manages the Research and Didactic activities in the field of Design in Sapienza.

The Design Degrees in Sapienza are:

  • the Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design (taught in Italian);
  • the Master of Science in Design and Visual and Multimedia Communication (taught in Italian);
  • the Master of Science in Product Design (taught in English).

Moreover, an interdisciplinary PhD Program in ‘Planning, Design, Technology of architecture’ is managed by the Department PDTa offering 12 positions per year.

The Design Research is supported by three University Laboratories:

  • Sapienza Design Factory (SDF), focused on Product Design for Industry 4.0;
  • Photomedialab, focused on Communication Design;
  • Usability and Accessibility (LUA), focused on Design for User Experience.