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Our approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary. Work is organised in four areas:

Two Research Spaces - Age & Diversity and Healthcare

Two Impact Areas - Inclusive Design for Business Impact and Inclusive Design for Social Impact

  • We use design to address challenging social issues, working with organisations to create impactful projects and teach people-centred process.
  • We exchange knowledge through publications, events and executive education with staff available for advice and workshop /keynote delivery.
  • We have an international reputation, working with government, business, community and the third sector on over 300 projects to date.

Inclusive Design is design with a social attitude. The concept was framed by Professor Emeritus Roger Coleman at the RCA in 1994. It advocates design that ‘includes the widest number of people’ thereby addressing the numerous instances of exclusion by age, ability, gender, race, culture, geography and economics, to name a few.

The Centre has its origins in the DesignAge action research programme, which was founded in 1991. It became a fully-fledged research centre in 1999, widening its focus from design for ageing population to design to improve people's lives across a range of social needs. The Centre now houses the Design Age Institute, a £4.9 million initiative funded by Research England.

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is endowed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting innovative projects that will effect lasting change and improve quality of life.


The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Age and Diversity

How can designers shape a future that is inclusive of all?


How can design humanise healthcare in the 21st century?
RCA Creative Leadership Masterclass

Inclusive Design for Business Impact

How can Inclusive Design processes directly impact and influence business and industry?
Our Future Foyle

Inclusive Design for Social Impact

How can Inclusive Design be used to work with individuals and communities addressing pressing social issues in different global context?
Framing Privacy

PhD supervision at HHCD

The Centre works with RCA Schools to offer joint PhD supervision for candidates seeking to create new knowledge and practice within inclusive design.
Design Age Institute

Design Age Institute

The Design Age Institute is established to support the UK Government’s Grand Challenge on Ageing and is part of the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

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