Systemic Design Practice

SDA supports the movement toward pragmatic systemic design practice development, applying the learning from the RSD Symposia to preferred methods and guidelines.

RSD11 Proceedings

The 11th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium was hosted by the University of Brighton, UK. The programme included 122 papers, presented in 30 sessions over four days. Pre-prints are posted, and full final proceedings will be available in early 2023.

Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium

The RSD symposia series was partly initiated 10 years ago as a response to the dearth of scholarship and direction in the development of design theory and practice in complex systems.

Tools and Toolkits

SDA considers and reviews tools submitted by members and posts them for the larger community. All posted practitioner tools are created or derived from systemic design research.

Contexts: The Journal of the SDA

As the field has grown to become a disciplinary discourse, the SDA is planning to launch its own journal in 2021.

Practice Partners

SDA’s practice partners put systemic design to work in architecture and planning, economics and organisations, health and well-being, policy and governance, socioecological design, and sociotechnical systems.

SDA Membership

Join a worldwide community of advanced practitioners.

SDAkeynotes [on practice]

Harold Nelson

Regaining a New Sense of Well-being by Design

Richard Buchanan

Dialectic and Inquiry in Design: Understanding Surroundings and Systems, Designing Environments

Chelsea Mauldin

Policy Design and Decision Making

Lucy Kimbell

From Transformation Design to Translation Design

Don Norman

Can Human Centered Design Help with Complex Sociotechnical Systems?

Gunter Pauli

Re-designing the Framework: Think natural, think local

Sabine Junginger

Systemic Design Approaches in the Public Sector: Are we ready?

Peter Jones

Design Research for Human-Centred Healthcare


The Systemic Design Association will send you quarterly updates on systemic design and activities in the SDA network. During the annual Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD) Symposium timeframe SDA will send brief updates related to RSD keynotes, papers, and workshops.

RSD11 event updates, program content, and proceedings are posted on