The European Academy of Design was formed in 1994, to improve European-wide research collaboration and dissemination and to promote the publication and dissemination of design research.

The Academy is headed by a committee of leading academics from across Europe, as well as from North
America and Australia.

To date, the Academy has hosted eleven international conferences. The last being hosted by the Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.

Since 1997, The Design Journal had been published in association with the European Academy of Design. This refereed journal, published four times each year, provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It aims to encourage discussion across traditional boundaries between
practice and theory, and between disciplines defined by working media, materials and areas of application.

The Academy also publishes the proceedings of its conferences.

Membership is open to all of those interested in design research, whether academic, student or practitioner.