Christian Guellerin

Honorary President of Cumulus &

Executive Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

 The role of the designer is not to imagine the future but to build it’



  • Key Note

    April, 2024

    Key Note

    On the occasion of his presence in Benin, Christian GUELLERIN, Managing Director of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, will open the Benin International Arts Festival with a speech on "Design, from Applied Arts to Innovation Management. From the work of the hand to the ethics of all things."

  • Benin conference

    April, 2024

    Benin conference

    On the occasion of his visit to Benin, Christian GUELLERIN, Chairman and CEO of Africa Design School, will be holding a conference on the theme of "Design, a strategic approach to innovation at the service of businesses and administrations" at Sèmè One, on 23 April 2024 at 6pm.

  • Conference "(Re)creating a desirable and liveable future"

    April, 2024

    Conference "(Re)creating a desirable and liveable future"

    Chtiiing 2024 ! As part of the Nantes Creativity Days, Christian Guellerin, Director General of L'École de design Nantes Atlantique, will be holding an inaugural conference on the theme of "(Re)creating a desirable and liveable future" - Thursday 18 April from 9.30 am (Halles 1&2).
  • Partnership with Cité des Congrès Nantes

    Partnership with Cité des Congrès Nantes

    February 16th, 2024, L'École de design Nantes Atlantique and La Cité des Congrès de Nantes have renewed their partnership agreement at the school, in the presence of A. Brochard, President and C. Guellerin, Executive General of the school, O. Le Floch, Director of Sales, Partnerships and Economic Productions at La Cité  and F. Trichet, Vice-President of Nantes Métropole and Nantes Université.

  • "Innovation and corporate strategy" conference

    February, 2024

    During his visit to Morocco from the International University of Rabat, Christian Guellerin  will be holding a conference on the theme of "Innovation and business strategy" on Thursday 8 February 2024 at 4pm.

  • Graduation ceremony 2023

    Graduation ceremony 2023

    December 2023, the school's partners and teams gathered at La Cité des Congrès in Nantes with the graduates of the class of 2023 and their families to celebrate their graduation from the École de design Nantes Atlantique. Extract speech by Christian GUELLERIN, Director General of the school: "It's not about imagining the world, it's about building it. We need to move from design thinking to design doing. You are in the best position to do this, because designers are the people who make sense."

  • Booard of WDO - This is why I am a candidate

    World Design Organization is the association that best embodies the strategic and managerial dimension of design. My responsibility as Director of a higher education establishment is to work to ensure that the designers we train in our prestigious universities reach strategic positions commensurate with the importance that design has taken on in companies and in the society.

  • China Academy of Art (CAA) - Hangzhou, China

    April 19, 2023

    Manifesto for a design school -

    The desire to build a simpler world

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Christian Guellerin

Christian Guellerin (born August 9, 1961 in France) is the Executive Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique since 1998. The school has become one of the French and international references in design and innovation education. It has 1,650 students in France and several branches abroad (Shangai, Pune, São Paulo, Montréal and Cotonou). The institution has grown significantly under his leadership, striving to professionalize design studies and facilitate interactions between research, business and society at large. Christian Guellerin is Honorary president of Cumulus, the largest international association of universities and schools of design, art and media. The association includes 340 international institutions on 5 continents. Its headquarter is in Helsinki. He is president of France Design Education, an association of design schools whose purpose is to promote design and applied arts as training, creation, innovation and research activities. Since July 2018, Christian Guellerin is the Honorary President of the Chinese French designer’s association. He speaks at numerous conferences in France and abroad about design, strategy and innovation management. He is the author of numerous articles on design and pedagogy in France and abroad. In 2015 and 2016, he was one of the 50 personalities who make innovation in France according to the magazine “Usine Nouvelle”. In 2016, Christian Guellerin was named Knight of the National Order of Merit. He is President of Design Creative Innovation in Shanghai and President of Africa Design School in Benin, a member of DIID’s Scientific Committee, and Deputy Director and founder of NACAA, the 1st Franco-Chinese design institute in Hangzhu.

L'École de design Nantes Atlantique

Founded in 1988, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a partner institute of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nantes-Saint Nazaire, recognized by the State, member of the Conférence des grandes écoles (top-tier French higher education institutions) and associated with l’Université de Nantes.  The school trains professionals in creation and innovation in formal full-time education and continuing education. It prides itself on its unique positioning which sees design as a discipline at the crossroads between creation, strategy and management, and offers training programs with a strong professional emphasis (internships, work-study training, prospective studies, workshops, projects). The school awards the Master’s degree in design which is certified by the French Ministry of Higher Education, and the National Diploma of Arts and Design (DN MADE, equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) through the formal education system and via a work-study program in the Apprentice Training Center (CFA) for Design and Innovation.

With a strong international development policy, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has branches in Pune (India), Shanghai (China), São Paulo (Brazil), Montreal (Canada) and Cotonou (Benin) with Africa Design School and Africa Studio.  A center for research and innovation, the school has opened 5 Design Labs, research platforms dedicated to design-led exploration of topics related to contemporary social, technological and economic changes: Care Design Lab (health & environmental and social quality of life), Food Design Lab (new eating habits), Digital Design Lab (digital innovation), City Design Lab (transition to sustainable cities) and Media Design Lab (communication and information issues). The school also develops research chairs in design.

The school welcomes 1,650 students, including 400 apprentices, and has a network of over 1,000 partner companies and 4,000 graduates.