Ernesto Spicciolato — Senior Teaching Fellow, DArch (Firenze)
Born in Italy, graduated at the University of Architecture, Florence, in 1983.
Ernesto won the National Architecture Competition “Plebiscito and VII Novembre Squares”, Castel di Sangro, 1989, (1st prize); and the 2nd prize at the International Architecture Competition “New York Waterfront”, New York, 1988, in collaboration with Andrea Branzi. He collaborated with Makio Hasuike Design Office from 1987 to 1990, designing for: Ariston, Gedy, Indesit, Lamy, Maxer, Merloni Termo Sanitari, MH Way, Mobil Girgi, Villeroy & Boch. With Santina Bonini he founded design-bs.com office in Milano in 1990. The office based its work on active research in the fields of the new technologies, evolution of artificial materials, utilization of natural material for industrial products, social evolutions. His works are in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt Museum (New York), Museo del Design della Triennale (Milano), MOMA Museum of Modern Art (New York), and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Among the others, he designed for Bic Italia, Colombo Design, Covo, Dae-Young Computer, Gedy, Glas, LG Chemicals, LG Electronics, Viceversa, Zanussi-Rex.
Fred Han — Assistant Professor, MDes
Fred Han started his professional career as a car designer and worked for General Motors and Ford Motor Company in the US. During the period, he participated in designing several production vehicles such as Cadillac STS (Interior), Pontiac Torrent (Exterior) Ford Mustang (Exterior), and Ford Focus (Interior). With the solid experiences of automotive design in global companies, he expanded his career to Product Design. He Joined Philips Design in Hong Kong and worked with Consumer Lifestyle Product Business Unit. His distinguished designs within diverse projects have won IF Product Design Awards and CES Innovation Awards. He holds a position of Design Strategy Advisor for TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings LTD. As an external expert, he advises the company on establishing the consumer focused design &market strategy, and directs a design team of 30 designers.
As an academic faculty member, Fred Han has been actively researching areas of Transportation System Design in Social Innovation, User Experience Focused Design Strategy.