POLI.design Consortium of Politecnico University - Milan (Italy)

Milan, Italy
POLI.design is a zipper between university and industry, between polytechnic expertise and industrial competencies. This system involves lots of experts working passionately on design issues and their promotion. It is a flexible structure which aggregates the best available expertise in the university research, the demand of innovation coming from companies and professionals.


POLI.design is a Consortium of the Politecnico di Milano operating in the field of design acting as an interface between universities, companies, and professional organisations, institutions and bodies.

It develops training programmes for young graduates and professionals, as well as training programmes for companies that are closely focussed on innovation. It operates from the perspective of internationalisation, establishing partnerships of purpose with universities, schools, bodies, institutions, enterprises, and companies on a case by case basis.

The cornerstone of POLI.design lies in the disciplines of design and of the related professions. This dimension of design is broader and more systematic than ever; it takes on strategic importance and contrasts not just with the product dimension, but also the dimension of communication, services, spaces, fashion, and events.

It is a flexible structure that draws on the deep reservoir of internal skills at the Politecnico di Milano. It puts advanced teaching and research methods to the test, consolidates and anticipates the professional skills needed to adapt to the new demands of a society undergoing a radical transformation, and brings the supply of training and research developed in a university context into line with the demand for innovation present in the world of production and in society.

POLI.design is a Consortium with many years of experience behind it is part of Milan Polytechnic, through which it has access to the deep reservoir of multidisciplinary skills in the first and most important technical university in Italy.

Together with the Milan Polytechnic School of Design and the Design Department, it forms the Polytechnic Design System, which is a pool of resources, skills, facilities, and laboratories that is among the most important in the world.


POLI.design supports applied research, extracurricular and permanent training, professional learning updates, traditional and multimedia editorial activities, promotion and organisation of cultural, information and dissemination events. Its activities mainly focus on four wide fields: applied research; on-going training; publishing; culture and communication.

Its activities are manifold. The Consortium organises congresses, exhibitions, events, seminars, and provides technical advice for cultural and communication initiatives. Also in this field, one of the fundamental values of the Poli.Design offer is the cultural patrimony, the dialogue, the contact and integration of different languages, the exchange between disciplines and generations (among young and established designers, between teachers and young researchers, between senior and junior profiles).


The POLI.design associates are:- ADI, Italian Association for Industrial Design- AIPI, Italian Association for Interior Design- AIAP, Associazione Italiana Progettazione per la Comunicazione Visiva- AIMAT, Italian Association of Material Engineering - EUROCONSULT (consultancy and training)

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