Design Academy Eindhoven’s chairwoman, Lidewij Edelkoort, is to stand down in the autumn, after ten years at the helm of the Dutch industrial design school.
Edelkoort, a trend forecaster by background, was praised by her colleagues for her achievements, and for raising the international profile of the academy.
She helped bring about the accreditation of the academy’s Bachelors and Masters degree courses in the spring of this year, and set up the Masters courses led by Droog Design,
During her tenure, she curated notable exhibitions such as ‘Post Mortem’ in Milan, dealing with the subject of death and burial. She also oversaw the rise of the academy’s ‘Improvisare’ graduate design shows in Milan, New York and Tokyo.
She will be replaced by Anne Mieke Eggenkamp, a specialist in education and organisation processes, and a member of the academy’s executive board since last September.