Introduction

The School of Designat Ambekar University Delhi (AUD) is visualised as both a practice and research-based School for the pursuit of design education from the undergraduate level to the postgraduate and doctoral levels. The first programme, Master of Design (Social Design) commenced in July 2013.

The School is unique as it is placed in a university wholly focussed on the humanities and social sciences. The study and practice of design here is thus focussed on bringing together the traditional attributes of design—the emphasis on form, function and aesthetics—with concerns of equity and ecology to create more accessible, inclusive and sustainable public services and systems through participatory and collaborative design methods.

The School has been associated with Royal College of Art (London) and the Glasgow School of Art, (Glasgow and Forres) through faculty exchange initiatives and continues to explore future tie-ups with other institutions internationally and nationally.

Faculty members at the School of Design have expertise in diverse fields including architecture, textile and accessory design, urban design, visual communication as well as art, architecture and design history. Adjunct faculty members bring in varied expertise in data visualisation, ecology, service design, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, systems thinking and user interface/user experience.

The Futures Lab at the School of Design has been initiated to undertake sponsored and self-initiated projects to demonstrate the efficacy and value of design in emerging areas of social relevance. The lab is currently engaged with two projects on Last Mile Connectivity and Urban Farming as part of a Design Innovation Centre funded by Ministry of Human Resources Development.

Programmes