Dr Delfina Fantini van Ditmar is a biologist, design researcher and Senior Lecturer at the School of Design at the Royal College of Art. Delfina participates in the School of Design transdisciplinary module The Grand Challenge. Previously Delfina worked as a tutor at the Design Products + Futures programme and has been a Visiting Lecturer on the Information Experience Design (IED) programme, MRes RCA Communication Design, MRes RCA Healthcare Design, and the MRes RCA Design pathway. Currently she is a Design Researcher in Residency at the Design Museum.
Driven by her interest in ecological thinking, reflective practices and inter-relations as a systemic response to the environmental collapse, Delfina's critical practice examines material ethics of care and the necessary paradigm shift in design. In her teaching practice, Delfina encourages students to reflect on epistemological paradigms, envision alternative futures, think systemically and critically analyse the broader implications of their decisions. Delfina has been a crit and Visiting Lecturer in several institutions, including The Bartlett, Architectural Association, Manchester School of Art, University of Brighton, University for the Creative Arts, Liverpool University, École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Politecnico di Milano, Syracuse University, Rice University, Critical Media Lab Basel and TU Berlin, among others.