Collaboration in professional design practice

Yumeng Xie's PhD thesis

PhD candidate Yumeng Xie's PhD Thesis is a qualitative study that aims to provide deeper understanding of how do designers collaborate in professional design practice. And based on those theoretical and empirical insights, this multiple-case study could provide an opportunity to shed empirical light about collaboration theories/models for designers to perform better in professional design practice. Findings and lessons learned can be generalized and utilized in professional design practice, in a long term, this study could enlighten and provide theoretical implications to design education for preparing future design practitioners. Her thesis committee members are Mauricio Mejía (chair), Danah Henriksen, and John Takamura.


  • In-depth interviews
  • Case study
  • Quantitative content analysis


  • Xie, Y. & Mejía, G. M. (working paper) Professional perspectives on collaboration in design practices.
  • Xie, Y., Mejía, G. M., & Zheng, W. (2021). An exploratory study of co-design skills in the US job postings. Proceedings IASDR 2021. 9th Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research, Hong Kong, China.
  • Xie, Y., Mejía, G. M., Coseo, P., & Cheng, C. (2020). A Participatory Design Case Study in Environmental Design Education. Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 - Participation(s) Otherwise - Volume 2, 87–94.