Design Research Centre

Design Research Centre

The Design Research Centre promotes the execution of research projects seeking to produce both knowledge and practices. With a firm foundation in industrial creation, its primary aim is to conduct research programmes that look into the current structuring of scientific knowledge, technical developments, and social transformations.
It is led by the École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay) and the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI-Les ateliers).


Bâtiment Nord - Niveau 2
4, avenue des Sciences
91190 Gif-sur-Yvette
Tel. + 33 1 81 87 56 26



Director: anne.lefebvre [at] (Anne LEFEBVRE) (ENS Paris-Saclay)
Assistant Director:armand.behar [at] (Armand BEHAR) (ENSCI-Les ateliers)

Permanent members:
- anne.lefebvre [at] (Anne LEFEBVRE) (ENS Paris-Saclay)
- armand.behar [at] (Armand BEHAR) (ENSCI-Les ateliers)
- claire.brunet [at] (Claire BRUNET )(ENS Paris-Saclay)
- olivier.hirt [at] (Olivier HIRT )(ENSCI-Les ateliers)
- roland.cahen [at] (Roland CAHEN )(ENSCI-Les ateliers)
- noemie.lesartre [at] (Noémie LESARTRE )(ENSCI-Les ateliers)

It is located in a building designed by Renzo Piano for ENS Paris-Saclay, in the heart of the Université Paris-Saclay campus, and has full access to ENSCI's renowned workshops and their esteemed expertise.
This multi-site location provides the design researchers it hosts with an environment that is conducive to their work, where training establishments, laboratories, and industries with international influence all combine.

Research focuses

Axe 1 - Design en laboratoires

Focus 1 – Design in laboratories:

construction of scientific knowledge and forms of invention..

Axe 2 - Design des dispositifs

Focus 2 – Device design:

human enhancement, digital spaces, and fostering technological creativity.

Axe 3 - Design et écologies

Focus 3 – Design and environments:

natural and urban environments, production methods, and changes in standards

Axe 4 - Design et politique

Focus 4 – Design and politics:

civic rights, collectives, and institutions

Axe 4 - Design et politique

Cross-disciplinary focus:

critical studies and design epistemology



Under this joint leadership, it receives combined support from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the French Ministry of Culture (MIR – Research Mission), and the French Ministry of Industry.
ENSCI – Les Ateliers is a member of Hésam University.