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Philippe Lalande

Philippe Lalande is a professor, researcher and currently the Director of the Université de Montréal’s School of Industrial Design. He specializes in four main areas of expertise: physical and virtual modeling, innovation, ideation and the professional practice of design.

For approximately 20 years, he also worked as an industrial design consultant with companies in many industrial sectors in Québec. Very involved in the integration of digital technologies in the school’s program, his research focuses on the application of modeling techniques, in particular rapid prototyping techniques, in the design process.

He heads the Formlab, a research laboratory dedicated to testing physical and virtual modeling techniques. His courses address this area of specialization as well as the professional practice.


  • Lalande, P., M. Racine, C. Colby and A. Joyce (2010). Metacycling, an International Collaborative Project Promoting Systainable Design. INTED2010 (International Technology, Education and Development Conference), Valencia (Spain), International Technology, Education and Development.

  • Colby, C., C. Cucuzzella, P. Lalande and M. Racine (2010). Rethinking Material Flows: Assessing a New Business Model for Material Repurposing. Society and Materials. Nancy, France: 12 p.

  • Joyce (2008). Metacycling. Extending Products’ Life Spans Using Virtual Communities and Rapid Prototyping. Changing the Change : Design Visions, Proposals and Tools. Torino, Italy, ICSID: 11 p.

  • Zhang, Y., P. Lalande and M. Racine (2008). Sustainable Design : Strategies for Favouring Attachment Between Users and Objects. Design and Emotion : Dare to Desire. D. a. E. Society. Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Polytechnic University: 15 p.


  • Director of the Université de Montréal's School of Industrial Design



  • Physical and virtual modeling
  • Innovation
  • Ideation
  • Professional practice of design


  • Formlab
  • • Metacycling; rapid prototyping and crowdsourcing techniques to improve product durability
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