Validation of Shortlisted Design Projects
After the Design Jury Panel’s online shortlisting of the most promising Design of the Year projects for the Jury Session, an independent Knowledge Partner will validate the impact claims made in the submissions, using a rigorous validation methodology and report template developed in conjunction with the PDA Secretariat.
The Knowledge Partner will put together reports assessing the validated projects, which will be provided to the Jury Panel. All Jurors will use these reports in their evaluation of the projects during the Jury Session. The Knowledge Partner for PDA 2017/2018 is the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), SUTD International Design Centre (IDC).
The SUTD IDC is one of the premier centres for technically-grounded design in the world. The IDC focuses on a range Grand Challenges and Design Thrusts, is rated in the top ten of design centres or programs in the world and is the largest such centre in terms of scale. Over the last seven years, the IDC has produced over 1,900 publications in design, over 50 patents, greater than 15 start-up companies, and over 180 awards in design.
The IDC validation team for PDA 2017/18 is led by Prof Kristin Wood, co-Director of the IDC, who has over 30 years of experience in design. He has over 400 publications in the field, has received over 70 national and international design awards, has consulted for over 100 companies and government organizations, has served on a number of juries and organising committees for design awards, has led the design of numerous systems, products, and services, and is a Fellow of ASME.