GDA Summer Sessions 2019 De-Modernizing Design

How can we counter the hegemony of the western Modernist idiom, and find new and inclusive voices in design? How dominant is the western bias in our aesthetic preferences, computational algorithms and other technologies? How prevalent is the western design canon? Why is 90% of all design produced by the same software from one specific region (Silicon Valley)? Is there such a thing as design sovereignty? Who comprises the design diaspora? Is there a difference between being inspired by another culture and cultural appropriation in design? How can we counter this narrative?What are inspiring alternatives?


  • The dates for the GDA Summer Sessions 2019 are: Friday 9 - 23 August 2019.
  • The fee for the GDA Summer Sessions 2019 is €1995.
  • Incl.: tuition, full accommodations at Vesting 10 B&B in Arnhem, incl. breakfast, studio/equipment access, workshops, excursions, and studio visits.
  • The Summer Sessions is offered for 4 ECTS credits.
  • The application deadline is Friday, 15 June 2019.

For more application information, and details about the GDA Summer Sessions, please visit the website:


Clara Balaguer, Thomas Castro, Danny van der Kleij, Karel Martens, Nadine Stijns, Amy Suo Wu. More to be announced soon ...
We hope to see you this summer!

GDA Summer School 2018

This years location