Photo: Prof. Elisa Giaccardi

Prof. Elisa Giaccardi

  • Design theory and methodology
    More-than-human design
    Research through design
    Thing ethnography
    Speculative ethics
Designing AI systems is to integrate capabilities and doings uniquely human and uniquely artificial, such as improvisation and foresight.

Elisa Giaccardi is Professor in More-than-human Design at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Before her current position, she was Professor in Post-industrial Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, from 2012 to 2023.

Her work is focused on the challenges that a permeating digitalisation means for the field of design. She is well known for her pioneering contributions to metadesign, collaborative design processes, and open design methodologies, as well as for her work in more-than-human design. Her work has contributed significantly to the development of post-industrial and post-humanist approaches in the fields of Design and Human-Computer Interaction through more than one hundred peer-reviewed conference and journal papers and book chapters, and funded research projects.

During her career, she has been pivotal in co-founding interdisciplinary programs that have left a mark on the academic landscape. Notably, she played a central role in establishing the AiTech program, which spearheaded the TU Delft AI Initiative and the Design & AI program within the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Additionally, she contributed to the inception of the Collaborative Media, Arts, and Performance Program at the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder, USA and the Digital Living Initative at the University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain.

She is an Associate Editor of Human-Computer Interaction and an editorial board member of the Springer series Design Research Foundations.