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Department of

Industrial Design

Adjunct Associate Professor

Ana Luz

Adjunct Associate Professor, Industrial Design
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IDRO
Adjunct Associate Professor, Design (Interdisciplinary)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Urban Design

Mailing Address

Industrial Design Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Office: 278 Design


PhD candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, 2017- [in progress]
PhD [ABD], Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, 2008 
PDipE/PCLTHighEd, Institute of Education, CALT, University College London, UK, 2007
MAID, Central Saint Martin, University of the Arts London, UK, 2003
MDES, Lisbon University of Technology, Portugal, 2000
DIP DES 'Licenciatura’ in Product Design & Architecture, Lisbon University of Technology, Portugal, 1999

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Research Interests

On design education: student-centred learning processes (such as higher levels of engagement, active learning, reflective practices, creative confidence and academic courage) and the exploration of intrapreneurial ways of learning/ teaching in higher education (competence-based curriculum, process-based learning, flipped classroom, organisational creativity and management, ‘adult learning’ and ‘continuing professional development’.

On design research: empirical and phenomenological studies (environment-behaviour observations, place-narratives and user experience analysis); spatial practices and urban explorations for pedestrian engagement, way-finding and wayfaring; public space, urban artefacts, mobility nodes, city landscape forms (pavements and urban groundscapes). 

Current Projects

Design education: personal and professional skills development and life-long learning, ‘built pedagogies’ in educational labs and 21stC learning places; creative facilitation, feedback/reflection development, mentorship and peer-to-peer tutoring.

Design Research: interdisciplinary studies (cross-pollination of conceptual/ theoretical frameworks); everyday places of transit(ion) and passage; conditions of in-betweenness and interstitial [dis]placements.