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Between 1999 and 2006 I worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Industrial Design Program at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).

I like teaching  design history,  design methods, socio-technological issues related to design, and design research and in particular Participatory Design and ethnographic methods & tools. Iver the past few years I have been experimenting with the use of cultural probes (Gaver 1999) as reflective tools (check Refereed Publication) and have developed a new range of tools which I call Playful Triggers (refer to my doctoral work).

I also like supervising Masters and PhD students - postgraduate work I supervised include: a system of products and services for the Toy Museum in Milano; a participatory framework for the practice of communication design; spaces where creativity, innovation and conversations can be triggered; visualizations to aid industrial designers during early product-development stages; current teaching and learning enabling methodologies; role of sand to foster play and learning in primary schools; digital pattern standards for the fashion industry; and the use of responsive lighting within urban interstitial areas.

Pedagogically, I have an orientation and commitment towards constructivist teaching and learning principles and I am strongly inspired by the work of students and teachers at Reggio Emilia.

 

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