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The Department is divided into a set of bodies that have functions of guiding and managing scientific research, technology transfer, training and knowledge dissemination activities.


Governing Bodies

Department Head

The Head of Department legally represents the Department in all its activities. He coordinates, with the support of the Deputy Head, the activities of the governing and supporting bodies, which define the strategies and manage the operations of the Department.

Department Board

The Department Board is the deliberative body which makes all the decisions regarding the life and activities of the Department. It includes all professors and researchers and the elected representatives of the technical-administrative staff, research fellows and PhD students.


The Departmental Council instructs the decisions of the Board. It addresses emerging issues through the work of analyzing data, problems and opportunities, develops operational proposals and implements initiatives and actions, mainly through the work done by the Delegates appointed by the Director and their support groups, which involve a significant number of faculty and researchers in the Department. Members of the Council are the Head, the Deputy Head, the Managing Director, six Delegates and three elected members representing professors, researchers and technical-administrative staff.

Head of Department

Alessandro Deserti

Deputy Head of Department

Paola Bertola

Delegate for Internationalization

Valentina Auricchio

Delegate for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Alessandro Biamonti

Delegate for Delegate for Scientific Productivity

Maurizio Bruglieri

Delegate for Infrastructure

Mauro Attilio Ceconello

Delegate for Technology Transfer and Industrial Relationship

Venere Ferraro

Delegate for Research

Marzia Mortati

Delegate for Communication

Marco Quaggiotto

Delegate for Didactics

Agnese Rebaglio

Representative of Full and Associate Professors

Anna Barbara

Representative of Researchers

Carla Sedini

Department Manager

Rosa Toninelli


Supporting Bodies


The Department is divided up into thematic Divisions, which are functional to the development of its research project, to which belong the faculty and researchers who identify with the thematic and/or disciplinary lines of research developed in it. In particular, the Divisions develop strategies for the development and coordination of research lines and express proposals and priorities related to staff recruitment.

The Divisions of the Department and their Coordinators are:

Products, Strategies and Services

Giuseppe Andreoni

Design For Environments, Landscape & Mobility

Luisa Maria Virginia Collina

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee develops the Department's scientific project, instructs the development plan, and coordinates cross-divisions research lines and activities involving multiple Departments.
Members of the Scientific Committee are the the Head, the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Design, the Dean of the School of Design, the Coordinators and the elected representatives of the Divisions.

The Scientific Committee members are:

Head of Department

Alessandro Deserti

Dean of School of Design

Francesco Zurlo

Representative Section

Francesca Rizzo

Representative Section

Michela Rossi

Rappresentante Sezione

Matteo Oreste Ingaramo

Rappresentante Sezione

Anna Meroni

Coordinatore Sezione

Antonella Valeria Penati

Coordinatore Sezione

Giuseppe Andreoni

Rappresentante Sezione

Paola Cordera

Rappresentante Sezione

Barbara Di Prete

Coordinatore Sezione

Luisa Maria Virginia Collina

Coordinatore del Dottorato in Design

Lucia Rosa Elena Rampino

Laboratory Coordination

Laboratory Coordination oversees, directs and manages the laboratory system that supports the School of Design's teaching and research activities of the Department. It comprises the Head, the Department Manager, the Laboratories Manager, the Design Labs Unit Manager, a representative of the Laboratory Technicians, two Professors and the Safety Manager.

The Laboratory Coordination Team are:

Head of Department

Alessandro Deserti

Department Manager

Rosa Toninelli

Representative of the Teaching and Service Laboratories System Unit

Luca Cosmai

Head of the Laboratories

Mauro Attilio Ceconello

Technical Representative of the Security Unit

Matteo Dall'amico

Scientific Coordinator of Research Laboratory

Giuseppe Andreoni

Representative of Technical Lab

Matteo Piccoli

Research Laboratory Scientific Coordinator

Andrea Ratti


Administrative services

Department Manager

The Department Manager supports the governing bodies of the Department by coordinating the staff of the administrative and technical structure and supports the Head of Department in the management of resources in order to achieve the Department's objectives.

Staff Services

The Staff Services Unit provides information and operational support to the Head, the Department Manager and the governing bodies, and supports the management of Professors and technical/administrative staff.

Communication Office

The Communications Office supports the Department's staff in communicating teaching and research activities, organising internal events and preparing promotional material for the Department and its initiatives.

Safety Office

The Safety unit coordinates the management of Safety through the operational supervision of all processes falling within the Department's remit in the field of occupational health and safety.

General Services and ICT

The General and Logistic Services - ICT unit oversees the management of general and logistical services through the control of departmental spaces, offers logistical support, and is responsible for the management of departmental ICT services.

Administration and Accounting

The Administration and Accounting unit oversees the operational management of procurement and payment orders, acts as the departmental contact point for the University's Mission Service and contributes to the management of expenditure budgets, the technical preparation of budgets and the keeping of accounting records.

Research Support

The Research Support unit provides support services for research, the administrative management of lifelong learning, and the accounting management of aspects related to staff contract procedures. The office oversees the administrative and accounting management of research contracts and projects and the management of research collaborations.

Teaching Support

The Teaching Support unit contributes to the management of teaching support services and the educational programme, and is responsible for the management of PhDs through coordination with the Doctoral School. It supports and makes arrangements for Visiting Professors.

Design Labs

The Laboratory System unit contributes to managing the activities and needs of the Design Laboratories in order to provide support to the Programmes’ teaching activities and to enable the provision of services and advice to companies, associations and professional organisations.