Anna Meroni

Head of the Course

Anna Meroni, Architect and PhD in Design, is Associate Professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano - Department of Design. Her research focus is on service and strategic Design for sustainability to foster social innovation and local development. While serving as the international coordinator of the DESIS-Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability network, she is on the board of the master’s program in Product Service System Design and of the PhD program in Design. She heads the Housing Sociale e Collaborativo master program, is Guest Lecturer in universities abroad and in charge of the POLIMI-DESIS Lab.
Anna works in Italian and international research projects about innovation and sustainability, such as: citizens activism and participation in public value creation, incubation of social innovation, building of future scenarios for sustainable living, service design for regional development. She is developing the concept of community centred design.

Luisa Collina

Dean of School of Design

Luisa Collina, PhD in Design, is full professor of Design and Dean of the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano. She serves as President of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.
With a specialty in both design and interior design, Collina is increasingly focused on design driven Innovation, service and strategic design. Her teaching and academic work is flanked by important collaborations on the national and international level with other universities, research centers and businesses looking for an expertise in strategic innovation projects in the design related fields. While the results of her academic and research activities have been published widely and presented at conferences around the world,
She is delegate of the Rectorate from the Politecnico di Milano for external relations. She is also curator of a number of important exhibitions such as “Milan 2033. Seeds of the future. 150 years Politecnico di Milano” at Triennale di Milano (in 2013), the “Expo 2015. A laboratory for the environment” section at the Italian Pavilion, XIV Venice Biennial (in 2014), and “Sempering” exhibition within the XXI international Triennale in Milan in 2016.

Daniela Sangiorgi

Head Assistant

PhD in Design, Daniela is Associate Professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. She has been one of the first researchers investigating the area of Service Design. She worked for eight years at the research group Imagination at Lancaster University till August 2015. Her research theme is the role of design in the development of services, with a particular focus on public sector innovation and healthcare. She is currently exploring links and contributions of Design to the Service Science debate and the Service Logic framework. She is a member of the International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP), of the European Training Network Service Design for Innovation (SDIN) and a member of the scientific committee of the Service Design and Innovation conference (ServDes).

Carlo Vezzoli

Full Professor

Carlo Vezzoli has been researching and teaching on design for sustainability for some 20 years. At the Politecnico di Milano Dipartimento di Design University he is professor of product design for environmental sustainability and system design for sustainability, as well as head of the Design and Innovation for Sustainability (DIS) research group and of the Design and Sustainability (de.SOS) laboratory. He is the founder of the Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS,, funded by two bioregional European Commission projects), which is a worldwide multipolar network of networks of design schools from every continent whose aim is to promote design for sustainability with an open and copyleft ethos. His book Design for Environmental Sustainability (London: Springer, 2008) has been published in English, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Spanish. His most recent book, Product-Service System Design for Sustainability (London: Greenleaf, 2014), is forthcoming in Chinese, Thai and Portuguese.

Francesco Zurlo

Full Professor

Architect, and Phd in Industrial Design. He is Full Professor in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Milano. He’s Director of the International Master in Strategic Design and of the Master of Interior Design and Management (held in China for Chinese students). He is in charge of Research in the Design Department at the Politecnico di Milano. He teaches yearly at many design schools in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, China, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal. He is author of numerous international publications about strategic design, design driven innovation, service design and design management.

Cabirio Cautela

Associate Professor

Cabirio Cautela is Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano – Department of Design, where he teaches design management and strategic design for innovation.
He is Co-Director of the Master in Strategic Design and member of MBA faculty of MIP – the Business School of Politecnico di Milano. His research topics and publications deal with the strategic role of design, design management and the interplaying between design and technology in entrepreneurship. In 2012 he was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University – Center for Design Research where he runs a research about the evolution of design and business model dynamics in start-ups. His last articles have been published by Technovation, Design Issues, Design Management Review, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.

Peter Di Sabatino

Associate Professor

Prior to returning to Politecnico di Milano as a Visiting Professor, Professor Di Sabatino served as the Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah since 2009; he returned to full­time teaching for the 2014 ­ 2015 academic year in the Department of Architecture and in the Foundations Program. He is currently teaching within the Departments of Product / System / Service Design and Interior Design. Professor Di Sabatino was the Chair of the Department of Environmental Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; where he also led disciplinary and transdiciplinary efforts in the seamless design of environments and experiences. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Design, India. Professor Di Sabatino was a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, and was the founding Director of the Community Design and Urban Research Center in Hollywood. He is a licensed architect in California, and has been in private practice in architecture, urbanism and design; he has spoken extensively on design, environments, architecture, urbanism, and education in various international venues.

Davide Fassi

Associate Professor

Architect, Phd, Assistant professor in interior and product service system design at the Politecnico di Milano and visiting associate professor at Tongji University (College of Design and Innovation). He joined DHOC (Interior Design for Hospitable cities research group) in 2009. He is coordinator of double degree programs with Chinese universities at the School of Design - Politecnico di Milano, coordinator of GIDE (Group of International Design Education) and member of the International Coordination Committee of the DESIS Network (Design for Social innovation and Sustainaibility). He published and edited several books, “In-Trattenere” (2010) , “Temporary Urban Solutions” (2012) and “Sulla spiaggia” (2015) are the last ones. His research focus is about the relationship between space and serivice with a community centered approach. “Coltivando, the convivial garden at the Politecnico di Milano” (2011) and “csmpUS” (2014) are the last two applied research projects.

Paolo Landoni

Associate Professor

Paolo Landoni is Assistant Professor at the Politecnico di Torino university and co-director of the Master on Open Innovation and Knowledge Transfer of the MIP Business School. His research is in the area of social, sustainable and collaborative innovation management, and he considers both the firms’ perspective and those of public institutions and non-profit and hybrid organizations. He has published five books and papers in relevant peer-reviewed journals (such as Research Policy, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, International Journal of Technology Management, Creativity and Innovation Management, Project Management Journal, Research Evaluation, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management). He has served as a consultant for firms, non-profit organisations and governmental institutions for the development of innovations and innovation policies.

Margherita Pillan

Associate Professor

Margherita is the scientific director of the research lab IEX – Interaction&Experience Design; her research focuses on Interaction and Service Design, on design methodologies, and on the analysis of user experience. She is a member of the management committees of PHEEL, an interdepartmental research lab investigating experience through experimental use of eye tracking and bio-monitoring.

She is in the faculty of the PhD program in Design, and coordinates research projects. She is author of several publications and the promoter of the Master Degree in Digital and Interaction Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Marzia Mortati

Assistant Professor

PhD in Design. Assistant Professor at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. She researches mainly on the relationship between design and innovation, looking in particular at Design for Policy and Policy for Design, Collaborative Networks and Social Capital in both public and private sectors, social and systemic innovation methods and approaches. She teaches Design Innovation, Meta Design, Strategic and Service design, mainly working with international and multi-cultural groups. She is involved in national and international research projects concerning Design and Innovation, Design Policies, Social Innovation. She is also part of European networks and coordinates the MEDes program for Polimi (Master of European Design). Since 2007 she is in the faculty of the Master Degree in Product/Service Systems Design at Politecnico di Milano.

Francesca Piredda

Assistant Professor

Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Design Department, School of Design, Politecnico di Milano. She is member of Imagis Lab and DESIS International Network. Her research and teaching activities deal with communication design, audiovisual language, participatory video, digital media and the narratives. She leads research and educational activities in the field of community TV and social media, world building and storytelling techniques both for social inclusion and brand communication.

Beatrice Villari

Assistant Professor

Beatrice Villari, PhD in Design.
She is research associate at Politecnico di Milano - Department of Design where she teaches Service Design and Design Methods.
She is co-director of the Master in Service Design of Politecnico di MIlano. She works at national and international design researches dealing with Design Policy, Social innovation and Service Design. She is also interested in action-research and participative design approaches.
In 2011 she receives the ADI Compasso D'Oro prize.

Chiara Alessi

Adjunct Professor

Chiara Alessi (Verbania, 1981) is a journalist, consultant and author in the field of design. She writes for many of the major magazines in this area, such as “Domus”, “Interni” and “Icon” and has been design editor for few newspaper, “Il Fatto Quotidiano” and “La Stampa”. For several years she has been focusing her study on new Italian design culture and its legacies. On this topic she has given lectures in some of the most important schools and universities. In 2014 she published “After the ’00s. The New Italian Design” (Editori Laterza). Again for Laterza she has released “Design without designers” (2016), an essay and study on the “other” jobs in the Italian design. The independent video documentary “Travelling commonplaces and special trades” is dedicated to it. She lives and works in Milan.

Valentina Auricchio

Adjunct Professor

Co‐founder of 6ZERO5, PhD in Politecnico di Milano in 2008. Specialized in managing strategic design projects and in particular international projects for small and medium industries. After her PhD she has worked as project manager for Poli.Design dealing with projects in collaboration with institutions and companies such as: Italian Trade Commission, Promos and Italian Ministry of development.
From 2009 to 2011 she has been director of IED Research Centre where she has dealt strategic projects with several companies. From 2012 to 2014 she has been Co‐editor of Ottagono, international magazine in Design and Architecture. She has international experience in projects developed in Brazil, Chile, Egypt and Europe and she has collaborated with European and extra European companies.

Raffaele Boiano

Adjunct Professor

Raffaele Boiano explores the busy intersection of cultural anthropology, experience design, storytelling and pair coding. He is adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano - Department of Design where he teaches User Experience Design.
He has 15+ years experience shaping usable and delightful product/services experiences. His strong skill sets include user research, information architecture, user interface design, usability testing and front-end coding.
Co-founder of Fifth Beat, a design innovation boutique, he is now committed to make the world a better place. Raffaele also is vice president of the Italian Information Architecture Society and co-founder of Roma’s UX book club.

Stefana Broadbent

Adjunct Professor

Stefana is the cofounder of Cleanweb an organisation that uses the web to address climate change, which operates IYWTO the most extensive existing platform of green digital services. Between 2014 and 2016 she was Head of Collective Intelligence at Nesta in London. Stefana has been a convener of the MSc. in Digital Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, she is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Digital Anthropology at UCL in London and visiting Professor in the School of Design Politecnico di Milano. She was in the strategy board of Swisscom where she led the Observatory of Digital Life until 2008. Stefana has a degree in Psychology from the University of Geneva and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. Her recent publications include chapters in the The Onlife Manifesto (2015) and Digital Anthropology (2012) and her book Intimacy at Work (Routledge 2016).

Michele Capuani

Adjunct Professor

Architect and designer, he has designed residential and entertainment architectures, industrial products in automotive and household goods field.
After several work experiences, he founds in 1991 his own firm, SACF in association with Paolo Fasoli.
Director of the Research Center of IED and of the Master in Transportation Design at Domus Academy. Founder Member and Board Member of Cumulus, Dean at IED group, he is actually adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano; visiting Lecturer in various Universities of Design all around the world, writes regularly on Ottagono design magazine.


Gioia Gabellieri Bargagli

Adjunct Professor

Gioia Gabellieri Bargagli is a psychotherapist and a team-building counselor for Italian and American companies. She is also Adjunct Professor of Cinema-therapy and Team Building at University of Rome “La Sapienza”, University “Cattolica del Sacro Cuore” of Milan, Politecnico of Milan and Nova Southeastern University of Miami, Florida.
From 2002 to 2005 she was correspondent for the United States of the International Council of Cinema Television and Audiovisual Communication (CICT) UNESCO.
Her book ``Le immagini dietro le emozioni`` (Images behind emotions),first published in 2008, intends to establish a connection between cinema, team-building researches and Jungian archetypes theory.

Laura Galluzzo

Adjunct Professor

PhD in Design, Research Fellow at the Design Department and Adjunct Professor at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano.
Her PhD research was about ‘temporary living’ especially in the contest of mega‐event. The PhD involved a term as an exchange student at Middlesex University in London and one at TU Delft.
In the last years she designed the interiors and services for the Expo Village for Milan 2015, and she was project manager of the last Cumulus Conference in Milan, The Virtuous Circle (June 2015).
Now she is working at campUS, a Polisocial research project, and Human Cities/Challenging the city scale, an European research projects; both of them on the Social Innovation field. During the degree in Interior Design she studied as an exchange student at RISD in Providence, RI, USA. In 2008 she completed an internship as an interior designer in Paris, at CXT Architecture. After that she worked for two years as a set designer for Sky tv with Bestudio, in Milan.
Then she worked as a tutor on numerous workshops, classes and studios in Interior and Service design at Politecnico di Milano and other international schools of design.
In 2013 she founded MyHoming with Angela Ponzini, a collaborative web platform designed to bring together demand and supply of services for (con)temporary inhabitants in order to make them feel at home even in a foreign context.

Chiara Ligi

Adjunct Professor

Videomaker, creative producer and multimedia designer, she conceives, develops and manages different multimedia works in the cultural and social fields. She's been trained in screenplay by Tonino Guerra (Fellini’s, Antonioni’s, Angelopoulos’ screenwriter) and she gained great experience in the design and realization of video installations, multimedia exhibitions and museums through a long and fruitful collaboration with Studio Azzurro. Her last experiences, collaborations or personal projects, are of different nature: video, documentaries, interactive video installations, exhibitions, museums, transmedia or cross media projects.
Since last year she held the video workshop in the Course Architectural Design Studio at Politecnico di Milano Architecture.

Vittorio Linfante

Adjunct Professor

Art director with a history of accomplishing business objectives through innovative graphic design concepts, trend research, creation of brand identities and successful design brand projects for a number of companies among which Samsung, Smemoranda, Mondadori, Warner bros., Mandarina Duck, Feltrinelli, Slowear, Valentino, Uniqueness by Pinko, Marni, Moleskine, Coccinelle.

Ilaria Marelli

Adjunct Professor

Architect and designer, I opened in 2004 the Ilaria Marelli Studio workshop, specialized in artdirection, product, exhibition and interior design, developing emotional and experimental ideas.
I design exhibitions, showrooms and concept stores in Europe, United States, Japan, China, creating spaces that are representative of a brand, but also engaging in their use. I work with international companies including Tivoli Audio, Zanotta, Cappellini, Cassina, Fiam, E&Y, Bonaldo, Coin, Invicta, alternating an interest for mass production with the development of one‐off pieces.
I am interested in the social and cultural aspects of design. I was the advocate of the first Italian cohousing project, I collaborated with on applied design themes, and since 2002 I have been teaching at Politecnico of Milan, faculty of Design.
In 2008 I was honored the MILANODONNA award and in 2015 the ALUMNI POLIMI award thanks my work in the field of design and architecture.

Francesco Morace

Adjunct Professor

Sociologist, writer and journalist, who for over thirty years has worked in the sociological and market research fields. He is the president of Future Concept Lab and FCL do Brasil, and teaches at Domus Academy, the Sole24Ore Business School and Polytechnic University of Milan. With Future Concept Lab he is a strategic consultant for both Italian and foreign companies, and he has held courses and seminars in several countries around the world.
Author of over 20 books, he is a regular columnist for Adv, Interni, Mark-Up and other specialized international magazines and journals. He contributes to the radio programme “Essere e Avere” by Radio24.

Elena Perondi

Adjunct Professor

I'm Research Fellow and Lecturer at Politecnico di Milano University. I develop and teach courses and workshops on innovation and project management at the MIP (Politecnico di Milano Business School) for companies, public administrations and non-profit organisations. I research and consult companies, non-profit organisations and governments on Business Models, Business Plans, Economic Sustainability, Innovation Management, Social and Sustainable Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. I put a lot of efforts in supporting people to transform their dreams into innovative sustainable projects and new organisations. I have directly taken part in the foundation of cooperatives and non-profit organizations and I love being involved in projects with a high social and ecological impact. On these topics I've published many articles and educational materials.

Fabrizio Maria Pierandrei

Adjunct Professor

Fabrizio Pierandrei is architect and designer. He started his career working in Renzo Piano’s office on many international projects among which the Kansai International Airport in Osaka and the Expo 92 in Genoa.
Winner and shortlisted in many architectural and design competition, his skills range from metadesign, to behavioral research, from concept design to detail in architecture, interiors, product, service and strategic design.
In 2012 he founded the PACO Design Collaborative, a network of professionals whose projects explore the potential of design and education in encouraging social innovation, sustainable behaviors and business opportunities by participating in local and international research programs with different international institutions.

Lorenzo Ruggeri

Adjunct Professor

Graduated at Politecnico in Milan in Industrial Design, Lorenzo begins his work experience with IBM as researcher, involved in interaction design and wearable computing. He combines the activity as a free lancer, in lighting and households, with significant collaborations in well known design studios, such as the ones of Richard Sapper, Dominique Perrault and Makio Hasuike. On the 2013 he has founded NARAI srl, a design consultancy located in Milan and Hong Kong, involved in strategy, product design and branding. Thanks to his attitude for strategy and digital world he also holds a job as Design Manager in H-Farm.

Through the years, Lorenzo combines the professional activity with the academic one, teaching in several courses about industrial design and computer graphics at IED, Milan.

His works have been selected for several events, and some of them have been exhibited at Louvre in Paris and at Triennale in Milan. He won several awards among which 2 Red Dot, 8 Design Plus and 4 Golden Pin.

Daniela Selloni

Adjunct Professor

PhD , service designer and adjunct professor, her research interests mainly cover design for services, social innovation and sharing economy.
“Creative Citizens” is her last applied‐research activity, focused on the co‐design and co‐production of a new generation of public‐interest services, involving a group of citizens in a Milanese neighbourhood.
She is member of POLIMI DESIS Lab (part of the international network DESIS – Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) within the Department of Design, where she contributes to a number of European and Italian research programmes (among them: CIMULACT, Human Cities, Feeding Milan).
She teaches service design at the Master Degree in Product Service Systems Design at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano and at the Master Progettare Cultura of POLI.Design and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. In 2013 she was Visiting Scholar at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York.
She also researches on methods and tools for co‐design, design for policy and design for place development.

Simona Venditti

Adjunct Professor

PhD in Design, Research Fellow at the Design Department and Adjunct Professor at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano.
She has a background in Communication Design and her research interests deal with digital fiction, narrativity, and digital strategies of engagement.
She is a member of Imagis Lab, a research group of the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano focused on audiovisual storytelling, digital media and game design. She was a guest researcher at RUC - Roskilde University at the Department of Communication and the Arts and she presented her work in several international conferences.
Her teaching activities deal with digital strategies of communication, preparing designers about how to communicate on digital media using a strategic approach which considers new tools for acquainting data, new types of content, new languages, new markets and new types of users.

Sabina Barcucci

Adjunct Professor

MA in Architecture. In 2008-13 Sabina worked as a planner and design consultant for forefront architecture and urban planning firms such as Foster and Partners, OMA, Massimiliano Fuksas Architect, as part of Mobility in Chain green urban mobility consultancy. In 2013-18 she worked for MUSE Science Museum, a center for Scientific research and Science Promotion in north east of Italy. She developed the museum fablab and several open innovation programs for museum stakeholders, involving and connecting a wide range of profile, training and research programs, technologies and disciplines. In 2015 she graduated at remote program on digital fabrication and prototyping “How to make almost anything” held by professor Neil Gershenfeld in MIT Media Lab. She co-authored the 3 years project Interreg FabLabNet, a transnational network of fablabs engaged into the Central European innovation ecosystem, that raised 2.7 millions in funds. In 2016-17 she joined Opendot, the Innovation Lab of the Milan-based interaction design firm dotdotdot, and focused on developing DIY technologies as well open innovation formats to push innovation ecosystem focusing on several topics such as Next Education, Creative Application for Machine Learning, Smart City products. In 2018 she designed and led the format ExEx - Getting Closer to Sound and Music, a Music Innovation Lab satellite of a an electronic music festival meant to join design, art, music making an technology literacy in one whole discourse made of formats, workshops, performances and chairmanships. Since 2017 she is contract professor at Politecnico of Milan, teaching Product Service System Design”. Since 2016 she served as a thesis jury member and a guest lecturer for the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design, SUPSI, Lugano, Switzerland.

Marc Garcia Fortuny

Visiting Professor

During day time, I'm a serious professional of service innovation and co-founder of We Question Our Project. I help governments and businesses to involve customers in actively creating new services, implementing them and communicating them simultaneously. But at night, I go back to good old days of drumming at Jacinto Uncle. I love to rock! Or is it the other way around? During my professional life, I rock. I'm a natural community manager and I love to involve people in crazy initiatives, such as Barcelona GovJam and Barcelona Service Design Drinks. At night, old as I am now, I stay seriously at home.