Ms Mirian Rodriguez Calvo

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About me

Mirian is a Lecturer in Design & Architecture within the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Her research interests draw a convergent path in-between the designing of spatial/physical conditions and the infrastructuring of social and material situations in supporting social innovations and transformative agencies.

Her doctoral thesis explores the intrinsic relationship between informal-mutual learning and community-based co-design, focusing on how designers can identify and visualise such a learning process. Developing a theoretical framework based on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, her contributions are oriented towards strengthening methodological approaches to participatory design and social design – design motivated by social demands and not by the market; spanning applied social science methods to stir up design research.​

Mirian has also participated in several research projects such as Leapfrog ( and as a co-design consultant for European non-profit organisations. She has presented her work at international conferences such as the Design Research Society or the European Academy of Design, and has had her work published in the Design Journal and the International Journal of Art & Design Education. She has also been invited to be part of the international review board of ServDes 2018 Conference.

Area of expertise

Mirian is an interdisciplinary designer with both an academic and a professional background in architecture, urban planning, design innovation and co-design. Driven by her curiosity in understanding the symbiotic relationship between environmental conditions and people, she has acquired a unique set of design research skills and knowledge which enables her work at the edges of a wide range of disciplines, understanding and analysing their potentialities, and bringing their valuable contributions to animate and strengthen the design field. 


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