The SDA is a democratic, non-profit scholarly association registered with the Brønnøysund Register Centre in Norway.
Dr Silvia Barbero has been Chair of the SDA since its foundation in 2018. She is the Deputy Coordinator, Design Programmes and an associate professor at Politecnico di Torino (Italy) where she teaches in the Systemic Design graduate programs and Design and Visual Communication undergraduate program. Silvia leads systemic design research in local economies, policy design, environmental production, innovation, through collaboration with companies, research centres, national and international networks. In 2005, she co-founded the Observatory of Eco-Packaging. She leads the Systemic Design Lab in Politecnico di Torino. Silvia is the scientific coordinator of many European projects about sustainable development and circular economy. She is the author of numerous books, papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and reviewed international conference proceedings that you can find on her Politecnico di Torino profile.
Dr Peter Jones is an SDA co-founder and professes the discipline at OCAD University, Toronto where he teaches in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation and the Design for Health graduate programs. Peter leads systemic design research in new economies, healthcare, media, community governance, social system and policy design, through collaboration in international networks. Since 2001, Peter has led the strategic innovation consultancy Redesign Network. He connects research and practice through founding commitments with the Flourishing Enterprise Institute, Drawdown Toronto, Bounce Beyond, the Agoras Institute, and OCAD’s Strategic Innovation Lab. Peter is convening the 12th year of Design with Dialogue, a community of practice to educate and socialize creative facilitation of dialogues for transformation. His publications are found at designdialogues.com
Cheryl May manages the Systemic Design Association’s digital assets and the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD) proceedings on RSDsymposium.org. She is a doctoral researcher at London South Bank University, UK. She recently completed an eight-year tenure as an advisor and board member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Previously, she was the Social Innovation Generation practice lead at MaRS. She is a five-time executive director/CEO who has scaled up initiatives by establishing partnership networks and building systems that support collaboration and communities of practice. As executive director of Findhelp Information Services, she led the development of the 211 information system in Canada, which received the Head of the Public Service Award for Excellence in Service Delivery. Cheryl worked as a journalist and theatre director before founding a ‘green’ business that changed the course of her work to systemic design. She received her MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, Canada.
Ryan J. A. Murphy
Ryan Murphy is a PhD (candidate) in Management (Information Systems) at Memorial University. For over a decade, he has been working in Canadian K-12 and post-secondary education to teach and enhance programming for leadership, innovation, and changemaking skills. In his emerging research practice, Ryan studies changemakers and their tools. He explores how technology can support systemic change through the modeling and analysis of complex social systems and through the design of systemic strategies. He designs and tests tools for augmenting intelligence. He also examines how leadership and innovation skills are practiced and learned. You can find Ryan online at fulcra.design.
Dr Evan Barba is an associate professor in the Communication, Culture and Technology Program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and co-director of the Technology Design Studio, a multidisciplinary laboratory for the design and analysis of socio-technical systems. His research examines the close coupling of human-machine systems at every level of scale, from the personally embedded (brain-computer interfaces) to the extraterrestrial (satellite servicing systems). Evan is also an affiliated faculty with the Department of Computer Science, Program in Learning and Design, the Georgetown Environment Initiative, and the Global Cities Initiative. His research has been funded by NASA, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Laudato Si’ Fund, and others. Evan is also a lifetime maker and tinkerer and when not researching he enjoys creating all manner of artifacts from the purely functional to the absolutely ridiculous. He is one of the SDA founding members and joined the board in 2019.
Dr Marie Davidová|MArch, MNAL, ARB, PhD, SF HEA is a junior research group leader at the IntCDC University of Stuttgart and a registered architect in the UK and Norway. She is a founding member and chair of Collaborative Collective practice design-research network NGO, a founding and a board member of Systemic Design Association, and a founding member and auditor of Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute. Before starting her position in Stuttgart, Marie had been a lecturer (teaching and research) at the Welsh School of Architecture and an affiliate of the Sustainable Places Research Institute at Cardiff University. At the same university, she is a member of the Biodiversity and Resilience Action Plan Committee. Marie founded the Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance research by co-design field. This field discusses the question of cities’ transition towards Post-Anthropocene.
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Dr Birger Sevaldson [dipl NCAD PhD] is a professor at the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Institute of Design. He is a design researcher and educator with a background in a broad field of design and architecture. As a design researcher, he focuses on design processes for uncertainty and complexity. He has defined systems oriented design as a designerly way of systems thinking and systems practice. He was the founder of the RSD symposia and a co-founder of the Systemic Design Association.