About the Conference

Design for Adaptation – Cumulus Detroit 2022

The complexity and scale of sustainability topics had deepened and transformed from the early days when most projects looked at changes in environmental conditions. Climate change is exposing significant systemic and social-technological problems across different areas. Design for Adaptation comprises changing behaviors, systems, and environments to reduce our vulnerability to the harmful effects of a rapidly changing world, including climate change, automation, and income inequality.

Cumulus Detroit 2022 will take place in a hybrid format with the option of remote participation. 

Venue Location

The conference will be held on the College for Creative Studies’ campus in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education.

Taubman Center: Google Maps

About CCS

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a world-class institution that educates artists and designers to be leaders in the creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees.

Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising Design, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Design, Film, Illustration, Interdisciplinary Art + Design, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the graduate program can major in Art Education, Color and Materials Design, Design for Climate Action, Motion Design,Transportation Design and User Experience Design.

About Cumulus

Cumulus is the leading global association of art and design education and research. Cumulus connects 350 member institutions across 63 countries to exchange knowledge and best practices and elevates the positive role of designers and artists in creating sustainable and humane futures for all. Diversity is a foundational value of Cumulus, an association started with the aspiration to build bridges for art and design education across borders.


AICAD – the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of the leading specialized arts and design schools in the US and Canada. Founded in 1991, the mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and universities and the value of studying the arts and design.

AICAD institutions educate more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, plus many thousands more in summer and continuing education programs.

people walking in front of an automotive parts sculpture
people walking by an automotive parts sculpture in the Taubman Center

Detroit Organizing Team

Maria Luisa Rossi
Conference Chair

Ian Lambert
Conference Co-Chair and Submissions Chair 

Olga Stella
Conference Co-Chair and Communications Chair

Jill Davis
Conference Coordinator

Shaye Isenberg
Event Manager

Doug Kisor
Poster Chair

Shannon McPartlon Headshot

Shannon McPartlon
Sponsorship Chair

Megan Mesack
Marketing Committee Chair

Sandra Olave
Exhibition Chair