The New School announced the appointment of Lidewij Edelkoort, internationally recognized design strategist and educator, as Dean of Hybrid Design Studies, a role that will be based at Parsons School of Design in New York and at Parsons Paris, as well as create opportunities across The New School’s curriculum. Edelkoort will begin this role in September 2015.
“The New School and Parsons School of Design are thrilled to welcome Lidewij Edelkoort to our university,” said Tim Marshall, provost of The New School. “Her intuitive thinking and ability to identify emerging social-cultural patterns and directions will help us develop curriculum for the creative economy of the future.”
Edelkoort will be involved in developing hybrid design and liberal arts programs, creating projects and curriculum for freshman, strengthening Textile Design and developing new approaches to Costume and Couture Design.
“I can’t wait to be part of Parsons and The New School to create innovative ways of teaching between the different creative and scientific disciplines,” said Edelkoort. “I have spent my life developing creativity and recognizing emerging shifts that designers need to understand. The opportunity to share my experience with these talented students is the perfect next step for me and I look forward to working with them to design a better world.”
“Lidewij Edelkoort brings a way of thinking and of using design that will be an inspiration for both faculty and students,” said Susan Taylor-Leduc, dean of Parsons Paris. “Her unique vision of the future of design, and the role designers, and entrepreneurs will play, will be instrumental as she helps to build our curriculum.” Lidewij Edelkoort will be leading a course on trend forecasting and color at Parsons Paris in spring of 2016.
Previously, Edelkoort directed the Design Academy Eindhoven and established the Designhuis. She also helped to establish the School of Form in Poznan, Poland for students in Eastern Europe and created Trend Tablet, an interactive online forum that teaches about the power of design to shape our lived experience.
Edelkoort also actively curates exhibitions around the world, including the current “Oracles du Design” at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, which in partnership with Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) gave Edelkoort the freedom to curate a show from the prestigious European design archive.
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