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Ivan Parati

Associate Professor

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Ivan Parati is an industrial designer holding a Master Degree from Politecnico di Milano. He focuses his research on people, interaction, modularity, geometric tessellation, and digital fabrication, keen on technology but aware of its potential threat to contemporary society. Before joining XJTLU he belonged for a decade to the cultural scene of the United Arab Emirates, enabling through several initiatives a dialogue among the local industry and the creative community with workshops, conferences, installations, exhibitions, publications, and research. For a few years, he is involved in developing Sensewear, a collection of smart garments with anti-stress functionalities, that has been internationally recognized with awards and prizes.His vision on design and innovation is a mission that rather than developing luxury visual experiences offers everyone a better living condition despite their social background, aiming at a cohesive and integrated multicultural society. In a world aiming at a hyper-specialization of knowledge, he believes that the designer, on the contrary, plays a leadership role as an orchestral director. The co-creation at the interface between scientific and artistic disciplines is the evidence that most disruptive innovations are coming from outsiders, sensible to challenges from a wider perspective, finding practical applications of technological inventions.

Research interests

Inclusive Design

Wearable Technologies

Modularity and Tessellation


Co-Founder - Witsense srl, Sensible Innovation Monza, Italy - 2017 to date

Associate Editor for the Middle East -Compasses World, Naples, Italy - 2016 to date

Founding Member - Caravan Design Collective, Dubai, UAE - 2012 to date

Lecturer, Interior Design Department - Ajman University, UAE - 2010 to 2021


IND 212 Manufacturability

IND 002 Introduction

IND 116 Communication

IND 302 Sustainability

IND 305 Theory and Culture

IND 403 Design Innovation

Awards and honours

2021, Starts Prize. European Commission, Nomination

2017, Make to care - Sanofy Genzyme, Rome Italy, Finalist

2017, Il coraggio di innovare Digital Award Lombardy Region Italy, Finalist

2017, AXA PP Ealth Tech and you Award London Design Museum, London UK, Future Winner

2016, Venice Design Week Wearable Technology Award, Venice Italy, First Prize

2015, Lexus Design Award, Milan Italy, Prototype Winner and Grand Prix Award

2015, Van Cleef Arpel Emergent Designer Award, Dubai UAE, Winner

2012, Index Contemporary Majlis Competition, Dubai UAE, Winner of the Jury Award

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Industrial Design, Politenico di Milano, Milano Italy

Person Types

  • Staff


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