Director of the MasterLab in Service Design Systems at ELISAVA.
Arianna is a Design Research and Social Digital Innovation professor and also a visiting professor at Harvard. Involved in European Innovation Projects since 2000, she is the Head of the International Relations Area of ELISAVA and, under the frame of the Open Design Program, she also coordinates the first European Open Design School based on the open culture values, collaboration and co-design with community.
She holds a PhD in Design Education and Ethnography and she is responsible for the international design research group Cambio/Changes, that aims to foster inclusive leadership through design education. Besides, she is a Harvard ambassador at the initiative IDEAL Society for Europe and Latin America, and leads the ‘Impact Through Design’ international initiative to align worldwide design institutions’ curricula and research agendas with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
From September 2017, she is co-leading with Ezio Manzini a design for social innovation research program, with the Desis Network Cluster: ‘Design for City-Making. Collaborative Cities’, which explores how cities can play a role in generating or regenerating urban commons.
Member of the International association Cumulus and the World Design Organisation, she has worked in Cameroon, Mexico, Turkey, Armenia and South Africa on social digital innovation programs and on local governments policy agenda in order to rethink design education through new open educational resources (OER) and new learning formats outside the classroom. She regularly collaborates with other universities such as Carnagie Mellon, George Brown College, Politecnico di Milano, Sapienza University, Parsons School of Design, Royal College of Art, as well with other institutions as the United Nations, the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU Policy Lab, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Municipality of Barcelona and the Open Design Festival Capetown. In addition, she is chairing the conferences ‘Technology, Knowledge & Society’ and ‘The International Journal’ on the same topics, both for Common Ground Research Networks.