PhD 27-30 May 2013 Course

The role of Experiments in Design Research

Social experiments, urban interventions, design games, explorations into new materials or technologies. Experiments in design research can take many forms. In collaboration with Aarhus School of Architecture, Kolding School of Design hosts a PhD course on how experiments can be used as a vehicle for knowledge production in research through design.

22 Ph.D. students from Scandinavia and Europe participate in the fully booked Ph.D. course taking place on the 27-30 May 2013.

The Ph.D. course is the second in a row of three. The 1st course on ‘The Role of Hypotheses in Experimental Design Research’ was held at Kolding School of Design, October 8-11, 2012. Next Ph.D. Course is planned to take place in the fall of 2013. The theme is expected to be ‘Evaluation of Experimental Design Research’.

Further information is obtainable from member of CDCM and co-organizer of the Ph.D. conference series, Associate Professor Thomas Markussen, Kolding School of Design.

Background to the theme of the 2nd Ph.D. course, click here


Research through design is increasingly used as a methodological starting point for design research – inside as well as outside the design discipline. Originally, the idea of research through design was introduced by Christopher Frayling (1993) and Bruce Archer (1995), and since then many different interpretations as to the characteristics of research through design have been presented. Today, many design researchers acknowledge that research through design is their method of choice. A more thorough study, however, reveals many differences between the different types of knowledge production which research through design may result in. Consequently, there is a need for a critical and more theoretical discussion of the concept.