Avril Accolla

Dott DI, C. Prof., DfA

Consultant, teacher and author in DfA


Professional activity:

Cooperates with professional studios and companies, national and international, for innovation in the sectors of High Technology, Product, Research & Development.

Consultancy for some companies among which BTicino (DfA projects and DfA consultancy on company culture and new products) and Galbani (on-going projects).
Adjunct professor “on outstanding professional achievements” by the Design College of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
Project leader and teacher in customized courses and workshops for private companies (middle management), institutions, cultural events.
Professorships/education/workshops in DfA, Ergonomics and HFD – Human Factors Design in Italian, English and Spanish, in numerous national and international institutions, including:
Tongji University Shanghai – PRC, Tsinghua University – PRC, Brunel University West London – UK, Human center Design Institute – UK, Università di Alta Alsazia, Mulhouse – FR, Politecnico di Catalunya – SP, Politecnico di Monterrey – MEX, Politecnico Torino – IT, Accademia di Bologna – IT, Domus Academy Milano – IT, ISIA Roma – IT, IED Milano – IT, IED Torino – IT. In Politecnico di Milano: monograph course Design for All, 3°y, BA; Corso di Alta Formazione “Design for All, la Diversità come risorsa” for Polidesign; from 2005 to 2010 cult member assistant professor in HFD course of L.Bandini Buti, previously assistant of P. Vidari.
Professional affiliations and memberships:

Present: professional member ADI, International Scientific Director for the Spanish project “DfA Curricula in Universities”.

Past: EIDD DfA Europe, in executive since 2003: till 2013 Applied & Academic Research Coor., former Vice President and Hon. Secretary. DfA Italia, in executive since 2001 (Director since 2000): from 2007 to 2013 Vice President, former Hon. Secretary.

Master Degree in Industrial Design, 100/00 – Politecnico di Milano. Specialises in: Design Direction, Diversity, Marketing, Training Management, Prototyping.

Works fluently in Italian, English and Spanish, notions of Chinese.


DfA professional certification.

Intellectual property:

Dispositivo per pulitura (device for cleaning), 2013
Insole system, 2011
Confezione per gelato ribaltabile (icecream packaging), 2010


2012-3 Selection Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne for Task Force
2012-3 Selection Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne for Soffio insole
2011 Honourable Mention ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for Mando, remote home automation
2010 Selections ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for PolyxVideo and PolyxAudio
2010 Quality Mark DfA Start for PolyxVideo
2009 Selection ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for Mando
2008 Selection “Bio.21” for Tourism for All (TfA) campaign


First book on DfA methodology and philosophy “Design for All. Il progetto per l’individuo reale” - DfA. Design for the real individual, first edition 2009, third reprint 2014, 232 pages, publisher FrancoAngeli.

Several articles and interviews on DfA, among which: Style - magazine of Corriere della Sera, Radio24 - Il Sole 24h, Il Mondo, Newton, Fare Impresa, Design in Italia, Superabile, Il Corriere Veneto, TG Reporter, Il Giornale di Vicenza, BravaCasa, Macchine Alimentari, Progettare, Italia Imballaggio, View, Ottagono.