Chao Zhao | Vice President | China
"With Chinese culture background and industrial design expertise, I will contribute my knowledge in leading the top Chinese design school to assist ico-D becoming a multidisciplinary and multicultural world design association. My intention of working for Executive Board is helping ico-D to establish International Design Education Laboratory. The laboratory aims to foster interaction between international design schools with Chinese colleagues for their mutual benefit. As Secretary-General of the Design Disciplinary Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education China, I will link Chinese design universities and local industries with international design society. Based on the International Design Education Laboratory, I will work with ico-D colleagues to develop international design curriculum standards and criteria to promote and evaluate the quality of design education. This will help design institutes with culture difference to balance design research and practice, and to cultivate the design talents with the global leadership."
Vice President | China
Professor, Dr. Chao Zhao is Deputy Dean of Academy of Arts and Design, Deputy Dean of Art and Science Research Institute, Chair of Industrial Design Department, Director of Healthcare Design Lab in Tsinghua University, and Secretary-General of the Design Disciplinary Teaching Steering Committee of the Ministry of Education China. He has strong teaching, research and practice background in the areas of design. The wide-scope of design has won Dr. Zhao numerous awards, including ‘Red Dot Award’, National Design Award, Australia excellent Alumni Award, Top Ten Chinese Young Designer Award, and New Century China Talents Award. He also won Distinguished Professor Award, and has an extensive and distinguished design related publication record in international journals and conferences.