The honor was one of two given to researchers who “symbolize new perceptions in design” during Dies Natalis, the Dutch school’s 178th anniversary celebration, on Jan. 10. Friedman gave a keynote lecture during the event’s Program Design for Values Symposium.
Friedman is founder and co-director, with iSchool colleague David Hendry, of the UW’s Value Sensitive Design Lab. The two also co-wrote the 2019 book “Value Sensitive Design: Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination.”
Value sensitive design, the two wrote, “brings together theory, methods and applications for a design process that engages human values at every stage.”
In the ceremony, Delft professor Ibo van de Poel praised Friedman as a pioneer: “In 1996, you for the first time used the term value sensitive design in a publication … Now, 20 years later the approach has been adopted world-wide.”
Watch a video of the Dies Natalis event (Friedman appears at about the 55:35 mark).