I am a Lecturer in Sustainable Design with The Open University and module chair for U101: Design Thinking, the innovative and award winning Level 1 entry course for the university’s Design and Innovation degree. I am also a qualified architect with 15 years of experience in architecture, design and construction management, having worked previously for Keppie Design and Atkins global.
I am interested in ideas - how ideas are formed in our minds, what we do with them and how we use them in the world around us.
This special relationship between what we think and what we do is at the heart of design and especially design thinking. It also occupies a unique place in the mix of learning, research and practice - doing and thinking can be found in all three and I believe that this underpins contemporary design thinking.
Design thinking allows us to explore these sorts of questions in practice, education and research. It also allows us a unique opportunity to merge theory and practice, meaning that we can speculate on and experience ideas. This informs each of my main research directions.
I am currently module presentation chair for U101: Design Thinking - Creativity for the 21st Century the innovative and award winning Level 1 entry course for the university’s Design and Innovation degree. I am the author of Part 2 of T192: ngineering: origins, methods, context, the University's new first level engineering course and am also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in Scotland.
In conjunction with colleagues in the Design Group and LTS, I previously led the design, development and implementation of OpenStudio, the pioneering online portfolio and virtual design studio used in U101 Design Thinking.
I have previously authored and lectured Building Construction Technology at Dundee College and have been a studio tutor for the Masters of Engineering course at Dundee University.
Nothing coming up...
30 September - 01 October 2016 - Wigtown Book Festival. Public talks on Creativity; More Creativity (!); and Architecure and Storytelling:
27-30 June 2015 - Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference 2016 theme co-chair for Design Epistemology.
12 November 2014 - Confessions and Realities of Early Career Researc, Edinburgh University
18 September 2014 - OU Inspiring Content presentation, Milton Keynes
BITE 2: Equal BITE project with Edinburgh University
Introducing design thinking to Chilean primary schools project with Universidad del Desarollo, Chile.