Domus Academy

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(established 1982)

This postgraduate design school was founded in 1982 in Milan by Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Valerio Castelli, and Alessandro Guerriero and sought to build positively on many of the ideas of Italian Radical designers of the 1960s and 1970s. Under the directorship of Andrea Branzi its progressive curriculum was geared to the perceived needs of contemporary design, and included Industrial Technology, the Culture of Behaviour, the History of the Culture of Planning, and Social and Economic Forecasting alongside design projects. Conceptual in its approach the Domus Academy is very much conceived as a research laboratory of the future and offers Masters Diplomas in Design, Fashion Design, and Urban Management. Committed to multidisciplinary thinking and teamwork the Academy attracts students from all over the world. In 1995 the Domus Academy won a Career Prize from the Compasso d'Oro in 1995 for ‘its constant attention to trailblazing topics, from humanising technology to exploring the nexus between design and fashion, from considerations about the sociology of design to design management and service design, together with the quality of its teaching and publishing activities’. Since 1985 the Domus Academy Research Centre (DARC) has undertaken design research for industry, other research institutes and public and private bodies, its clients including Apple, Mitsubishi, Philips, Sharp, Uchida, Telecom Italia, and Whirlpool. It has won a number of awards for such work including the Honda Award 1997 and the Mitsubushi Competition 1998.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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