IASDR stands for The International Association of Societies of Design Research which was formally established on November 1, 2005. The Association is an international, non-governmental, non-profit-making, charitable organization. The Association is comprised of member societies of design research from around the world. The purpose of the Association is to promote research or study into or about the activity of design in all its many fields of application, through encouraging collaboration on an international level between independent societies of design research. The Association will promote, amongst other activities, the organization of biennial International Congresses of Design Research, at appropriate venues around the world.

Professor Tek-Jin Nam is now the senior board member of IASDR, contributing his insights and experiences for the association.