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Charles Owen Charles L. Owen

Charles Owen is a Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Design, where he has been on the faculty since 1965, teaching courses in product design, design planning, computer-supported design, and design methodology. His previous experiences include degrees in chemistry and product design, additional studies in city planning and computer science, and four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He founded and directed ID's Design Processes Laboratory and for several years published the school's Design Processes Newsletter.

His current research is directed toward structured design planning techniques and the development of computer-assisted design support systems. His most recent project is a unique interprofessional collaboration between ID and the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Entitled "Access to Justice," this work applies structured design planning methods to develop human-centered, web-based solutions for improving access to the court system for self-represented litigants.

Professor Owen presently serves as advisor to several universities in the United States and abroad, and is on the advisory boards of a number of academic journals. He has written computer programs for business and institutional applications, has published widely, has served on international juries, and has lectured at over 160 institutions worldwide. In 1990, he was the recipient of the American Center for Design's Education Award for his contributions to design history, theory, and practice. In 1995, he was honored by IIT with recognition as Distinguished Professor of Design. In 1997, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design, the first such member in the society's 44-year history. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University and an M.S. from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Research Interests: Design Methodology and Theory, Computer-Suppported Design Processes

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