Carlos Teixeira is an associate professor with research interests in the areas of design strategy, open innovation, and sustainable solutions. He teaches graduate courses and advises doctoral students on the strategic use of design capabilities in complex spaces of innovation.

After graduating from the doctoral program at IIT Institute of Design (ID) in 2002, he developed a successful career as a faculty member at Parsons School of Design in New York. During his twelve years at Parsons he was instrumental in developing undergraduate and graduate programs in strategic design and transdisciplinary design.

Carlos’ research and writing have been published in peer-review journals including Design Studies and International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (in press). He was the guest editor for the Journal of Design Strategies (Spring 2013) on the theme of Designing for Billions. In 2013 he received the ‘Game Changer’ Award by Metropolis Magazine for his work on the DREAM:IN Project developing open innovation platforms for designing sustainable solutions in India (2011), Brazil (2012) and China (2013). In 2014 he received the Distinguished Teaching Award by The New School University for his innovative pedagogy in graduate design studios and projects. He is also the founder of ORGE Innovation Consulting that advises global leaders in organizations on how to build the know-how to innovate through design capabilities and strategies. Previous to his PhD, he received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Design from Pontificia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PhD Advising Research Statement

My research interest starts from the interpretation that contemporary problems and its challenges result from seven billion people looking for better standards of living in a context of unprecedented interconnectivity of the world economy, the global society, and the Earth’s physical environment. Therefore, the central question of my current research is ‘How can design affect the lives and wellbeing of people and its communities by leveraging the interconnectivity of markets, technology, environment, finance, and social networks?’ Based on the understanding that contemporary design can integrate multiple types of practices, the challenge in design strategy is to make effective use of such modularity and scalability. However, assembling organizational models that integrate design capabilities to put fragmented and dispersed knowledge into productive use is a tricky and challenging task. It requires strategic thinking, multidisciplinary collaboration, organizational agility, and continuous development.

I am currently looking for PhD students to work with me on studying and mapping emerging design practices that have been used as strategic capabilities coordinating large-scale collaborations for designing sustainable solutions. I am particularly interested in analyzing and experimenting on how to innovate through design principles, frameworks and strategies that can make effective use of knowledge distributed in large networks of individuals and organizations. To support this kind of research activity, I am looking for students interested in developing comparative case studies of emerging design practices in multiple international contexts, doing experiments through action research in collaboration with corporations, government, development agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and work on synthesizing design principles and frameworks that can guide strategic thinking, planning and decision making when dealing with complex innovation spaces.

Related Projects:
The Future of Food Security