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The Designer-in-Residence program (DiR) at the Design Lab is a core part of the Design Lab’s engagement with “the real world” and commitment to evidence-based design practices.

The Designer-in-Residence program (DiR) provides practitioners and leaders in industry, government, community and design an opportunity to work in the Design Lab’s interdisciplinary setting at the intersection of education, research, and application.

Under the Design Lab directorship of Don Norman, the residency program offers access and collaboration with UC San Diego’s leading design practitioners and researchers, student design talent, and alumni on a topic or project of mutual interest. Additionally, a vital aspect of the program is the general exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas. Designers-in-Residence are invited to participate in all general Design Lab activities and events and asked to contribute to the learning environment through their choice of interactive presentation, project feedback, collaboration on research and community opportunities, etc.

The program is designed to be flexible and customizable according to individual and organizational needs and expectations (e.g., duration, time spent in the Design Lab, project scope, deliverables, etc.) We understand the importance and benefits of being less focused on logistic constraints and more on meaningful content and outcomes that fit into participants’ busy lives.

Please contact Design Lab Associate Director Michèle Morris at

Come join us!


Andrea Anderson, Designer-in-Residence, Vice President of Design Thinking at SAP (September – December 2016)
Brian LeDuc, Designer-in-Residence, Education Designer at Education Design Lab (May 2019 – Current)
Emila Pucci, Designer-in-Residence, Freelance Designer (October 2018 – Current)
Grace Rieger, Designer-in-Residence, Sr. Product Manager at GetWellNetwork (May 2019 – Current)
Mikael Wahlström, Designer-in-Residence, Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland Ltd. (October 2018 – December 2018)

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