Christian Guellerin

Honorary President of Cumulus &

Executive Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

 Design has become strategic and a management discipline”




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Ile de Nantes: a new impetus for a design school

Next September, we will be moving into the new premises of L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique on the Ile de Nantes. 11,000 m2 for an investment budget of 30M euros, this is the largest investment in design since the creation of the Cité du design in Saint Etienne. We have been working on this project …

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“Good design is better than a good idea”

Credo for a design school, the example of l’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique Innovation and social responsibility for designers Over 10 years ago L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique set up a program to radically transform the traditional curricula of design and applied arts. The aim was to move the focus of the profession towards more …

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The end of the myth about Corporate Social Responsibility: Make way for design

With the anxiety it generates, and the impact it has had on the way we live, the Covid pandemic is propelling us into a future full of uncertainties. Will companies have to change? Will the myth of Corporate Social Responsibility survive the formidable health and economic ordeal we are going through? Faced with the excesses …

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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.