Piotr Swiatek

Piotr Swiatek, Cardiff Metropolitan University, design management specialist

Piotr was always interested in improvements, changing existing situations into preferred ones, as famously remarked by Herbert A. Simon about design. That is why he chose a career that allows him to explore the importance and role of design in and for public policy and service. For almost ten years now, he has been investigating the crossroads of the public sector, government and design. Starting by writing the Polish Design Manifesto in Zamek Cieszyn to leading multiple projects in the Design and Innovation Policy Team at PDR. Currently, he is managing the delivery of Design4Innovation, USER-FACTOR and Clwstwr projects.
After graduating in Finance and Accounting from the Cracow University of Economics, he obtained his Master’s degree in Culture Management at Jagiellonian University in Cracow by defending his thesis on Design Management. Moreover, he completed the Advanced Service Design course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and the Engaging with Government programme at the Institute for Government, London.
Piotr’s professional design career started with various roles at Zamek Cieszyn design centre. Subsequently, he  wrote the Polish Design Manifesto for Zamek Cieszyn; and worked as a freelance design researcher.
Piotr joined PDR, the International Design and Research Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University in early 2014. Since then he has been working on design interventions in local and regional councils, Welsh Government, various departments of HM Government, Latvian Government and European Central Bank. His work contributed to the development of design policies in Latvia, Poland, Ireland, France, and Barbados among others. He spoke at the Global Design Summit in Montreal in 2017 and UNESCO World Design Cities Summit in Istanbul in 2019. Since May 2020, he has been a Treasurer and Board Member of BEDA – Bureau of European Design Associations, working on the Next Generation Design Policy for Europe.
Piotr’s  particular interest is in exploring design policies, promotion and support instruments for design, as well as the models of applying design approaches to policy-making, determining the policy designer role and methodology. Apart from design, he would happily chat about European and arthouse cinematography, current affairs, travel and food. The last three books he read are House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk, Design for Micro-Utopias by John Wood, and The Orphanage by Serhiy Zhadan.