Christian Guellerin

Honorary President of Cumulus &

Executive Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

 “The designer is the one who represents the uses of tomorrow and makes them real, desirable & acceptable




  • Cumulus Conference - Detroit, USA

    Nov 2 - 4, 2022

    Working Group: Business, Innovation and Industry  - Business, Industry & Innovation is a CWG that explores the relationship between design schools and corporations/companies and the evolution of design as a strategic discipline of innovation in a socio-economic context disrupted by shifts in ecological awareness, digital culture, and the rise of artificial intelligence. 

  • DesignEuropa Talks

    20 october 2022

    This one day event aims to expand the DesignEuropa Awards community and highlight the effective use of design and how its protection can help drive economic, social, cultural and environmental development.

  • Design Europa Award

    19 October 2021

    The DesignEuropa Awards celebrate excellence in design and design management among Registered Community Design (RCD) holders.

Last posts

Education, chat GPT and other devilry,
or the platform overturned.

6 years ago, I published in the columns of Office and Culture an article with the provocative title “What is being human when robots are smarter than us? “. It had aroused some offended and bellicose reactions, not very well argued, however, some being able to console themselves with the definition of intelligence, the content …

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or the platform overturned.
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Manifesto for a Design School – The desire to build a simpler world

L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique moved into its new premises in September 2022. The new building was designed by the architects Marc Mimram and Gaelle Pesneau in collaboration with the design firm Jouin-Mankku. 116OO M2 dedicated to design and educating people in creation and innovation. Nantes Métropole, the Pays de Loire Region, the European Union …

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What if students were trained to innovate…

We are currently experiencing radical changes in industrial and marketing paradigms, in a world that has become unstable due to international conflicts. The “scientific management” on which industrial structures have been organized since the middle of the 19th century is no longer sufficient to govern organizations. For many companies, “doing better and better what we …

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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.

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.