As a Designer, I’m an Expert, I’m an Amateur

Reflecting on my own changing design practice made me aware of the importance of the contribution of design as a discipline towards current complex ecological issue’s. In order to be able to deal with future ecological problems designers need to be educated for these changing practices because these new practices require a different set of skills . This was the starting point for my research at the Master Education in Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam. In June 2017 I graduated with a research that resulted in the thesis ‘As a Designer, I’m an Expert, I’m an Amateur; Operating on the Fluid Boundaries of the Design Profession’ and the educational project ‘GO TO THE MOON AND BACK’.

‘Transdisciplinarity crosses the boundaries where we meet the interplanetary and intergalactic vacuum. This vacuum is far from being empty: it is full of invisible substance… and without this vacuum there is no universe’ (Nicolescu, 1994, Methodology of Transdisciplinarity)