Prof. Alpay Er
Ozyegin University (Turkey)


Alpay is Industrial Design Department Chair at Ozyegin University (OzU) in Istanbul, Turkey. After studying industrial design at Middle East Technical University (METU), he completed his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Previously he worked at Hacettepe University and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) where he also served as Chair of the Industrial Design Department from 2006 until 2013. A member of the Design Research Society (DRS), Alpay was also conferred with “Fellowship of DRS” in 2006.

His areas of expertise include design management and strategy, design policy, history, and education in emerging economies. His work has appeared in journals such as Design Issues, Journal of Design History, and Asian Design Journal.

Prof. Thomas Garvey
Carleton University (Canada)


Thomas specializes in product development and design for extreme and minimal environments. His interest in small-scale living spaces grew out of his work in New York on space station interiors and led to doctoral studies at the University of Tokyo on the topic of housing and urban density. For almost a decade he recorded imagery and data on how historical minimalist design philosophy can still be seen embedded in a range of contemporary approaches to lifestyle design, living environments, and the products that bring meaning to daily experience.

He became involved in hospital patient room design after joining the Global University Programs in Healthcare Architecture (GUPHA).

He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Carleton University, a M.Sc. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in New York (funded by Design Canada Scholarships for Design Excellence provided by the Canadian Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Commerce), and a Ph.D. in Architectural Planning from the University of Tokyo (funded by Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) Research Scholarship).

Prof. Deepak John Mathew
IIT Hyderabad (India)

Deepak John Mathew holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts (Graphic Arts) from the M.S. University, Vadodara and has a PhD in Design Education from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Education, M.S. University, and Vadodara.

Currently, he is Professor and head of the Design Department and involved in setting up the design Department at IIT Hyderabad.

At NID, Deepak was the head of photography design from 2002 to2013 and was instrumental in designing and developing the dual postgraduate programme in Photography Design.

Deepak has curated a number of exhibitions and has received numerous awards. He’s had five solo shows in the UK and India, exhibited his work at many international and national exhibitions and has authored several papers. He has written a book entitled Principles of Design through Photography and is a regular contributor and columnist to magazines like Indian Architecture and Builder and Better Photography. He has been invited as jury member, visiting faculty, lecturer, external evaluator, mentor, and advisor to various universities and institutes all over the world.