IDSA EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
September 13-14, 2022
The academic community invites ALL to come together for an IDSA Education Symposium like no other. We say good-bye to just listening and hello to reconnecting with one another face-to-face. We aim to reintroduce students, faculty, professionals, and industry to the playful spirit of design, by disrupting our mundane (virtual) routines with fun, inspiring and engaging physical and mental activities. We seek to re-establish genuine friendships and re-energize.
Join us to get inspired through stories and play. We aim to recover and uncover knowledge by embracing and addressing our shortcomings and historical blind spots, such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Sustainability. We will also celebrate what’s gone right to learn how we can continue on this path.
Get invigorated and inspired through hands-on activities, discourse, and place-based interactions connecting the events with the larger environments and the people within.
Focusing on the future, we will investigate and re-envision industrial design and where we should head as a community of practice.
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at
Iowa State University
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Iowa State University. Her work focuses on the diffusion of design thinking and doing practices in design and non-design-oriented disciplines, with a focus on exploring visualization as a gateway to sketching and creative confidence, as well as design-ability.
She has taught in Germany and the U.S. at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, The Ohio State University, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Drexel University, and Iowa State University. She frequently facilitates workshops on sketchnoting, design thinking, and strategic planning in both academia and industry.
Aziza Cyamani, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Aziza Cyamani is a multidisciplinary designer with experience in user-centered design, visual communication, product development, and sustainable systems. Her education background includes a bachelor’s degree in Creative Design with a specialization in Media Design from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and master’s degrees in Industrial Design and Sustainable Environments from Iowa State University.
Aziza's research interests center upon investigating the integration of crosscutting topics in design education, particularly focusing on semantics in regard to objects in diverse cultures, as well as social impacts of post-consumer products. Her passion is using her design skills to create entities that promote equity for all.
Aziza is originally from Kigali, Rwanda. She enjoys storytelling, a practice she grew up around, and enjoys sharing with her students. In her free time, you will find her planning adventures that include thrift shops, nature, food, and dance.