New job for veski design sub-committee member

13 August

Five years after taking on the role of Dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University, Professor Ken Friedman is moving into a new role as a University Distinguished Professor.

Professor Friedman has been a long-time supporter of veski as a member of our design sub-committee.

Prior to moving to Swinburne, Ken was a research professor for many years, working in leadership and strategic design at the Norwegian School of Management.

For the past five years, he has been a dean at one of the world’s 500 best research universities and is proud of what he and his team have achieved.

“I’m proud of what we have achieved. I have enjoyed the challenges of the job working with outstanding colleagues in the faculty and across the university.”

Ken will take on the new position from 1 September at the same time the Faculty of Design begins its move to the Hawthorn campus, which he says requires a leader with different skills, and the ability to juggle complex transition issues while maintaining our momentum in education and research.

Dr. Scott Thompson-Whiteside will become the Acting Dean. Over the past five years, Scott has been Associate Dean International and has also served as Acting Deputy Dean, distinguishing himself in the complex planning and resource management issues that converge in modern university leadership.

The move fulfils Ken's mission from day one as Dean.

“In my first day on the job, I said that I want to build the kind of design faculty where I’d like to work as a professor. This transition gives me the opportunity I’ve been waiting for, with a return to life as a research professor.”

His new responsibilities will include working with the Swinburne Design Factory and the Design Research Alliance, an association of design faculties at seven leading research universities: Aalto, TU Delft, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Loughborough, National Chen Kung, Politecnico di Milano, and Swinburne.

In the first week of October, he will be in Helsinki for Design Factory Week, together with colleagues from Aalto and Tongji. At the end of October, Shanghai will host Radical Design Week, an international extension of Helsinki’s year as the World Design Capital 2012.

At the Emerging Practices Forum, he’ll give a keynote on design in the global knowledge economy and the role that design education must play.

What's On

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30