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I am a Dublin based research-led designer and educator.

As a Senior Service Designer at Fjord Dublin, in Accenture's new centre for innovation, The Dock, I am creating a portfolio of research-led design work that focuses on the living business. Alongside this I am developing new design tools, methods and scaffol… Read More
I am a Dublin based research-led designer and educator.

As a Senior Service Designer at Fjord Dublin, in Accenture's new centre for innovation, The Dock, I am creating a portfolio of research-led design work that focuses on the living business. Alongside this I am developing new design tools, methods and scaffolding that enhances our ways-of-working, and studio wellbeing.

As an academic consultant I researched and developed a model for an education-to-enterprise learning programme for the Design and Craft Council of Ireland. I have been funded to develop public workshops for a number of organisations, and I was commissioned by the Irish Architecture Foundation to create a body of research for a touring show.

As an educator I have been an undergraduate design lecturer at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, a visiting lecturer MA Interior Design at the Royal College of Art, and a Visiting Professor MA Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts. I've previously held roles at Heriot-Watt University, Kingston University, the Interactive Design Institute and the University of Strathclyde. I've won institutional and national awards for the innovative programmes I've authored and learning models I've developed.

Alongside developing new models of pedagogical enquiry related to design teaching & learning within my practice as a lecturer, I hold a PGCPSE in Leadership & Management in Education, and I am currently undertaking a PhD that seeks to develop a body of research on how a phase shift in design learning might be shaped.

My extensive design industry experience covers a broad creative spectrum from graphic design, to branding, to promotional music videos, through to fashion communication, photography and interiors, to art direction and editing, to producing commercial promos and textile design.

Combined, both my academic and design practice focus on the potential of storytelling within design and design research. Read Less
  • Coordinator of Future Makers Academy project
    Design And Crafts Council Of Ireland — Ireland
  • Visiting Lecturer, MA Interior Design, School of Architecture
    Royal College Of Art — London, United Kingdom
  • Visiting Professor, MA Design
    Estonian Academy Of Arts — Tallinn, Estonia
  • Academic Consultant and Visiting Lecturer
    Dublin Institute Of Design — Dublin, Ireland
  • Visiting Lecturer, MArch, School of Architecture
    University College Dublin — Dublin, Ireland
  • Lecturer in Visual Communication, and in Design Education
    National College Of Art And Design — Dublin, Ireland
  • Lecturer - Visual Communication for BA Fashion, MA Fashion
    Kingston University — London, United Kingdom
  • P/T Graphic Design tutor
    Interactive Design Institute — United Kingdom
  • Lecturer in Visual Communication, School of Textiles And Design
    Heriot Watt University — Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Tutor, School of Architecture
    Strathclyde University — Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • residency
    Describing Architecture — Dublin, Ireland
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As an early career researcher, my interests build upon design industry experience, as well as previous research-led design consultancy practice. Whilst at Heriot-Watt University I worked in partnership with institutions such as Robert Gordon University, and internally with the School of Life Sciences, School of Bu… Read More
As an early career researcher, my interests build upon design industry experience, as well as previous research-led design consultancy practice. Whilst at Heriot-Watt University I worked in partnership with institutions such as Robert Gordon University, and internally with the School of Life Sciences, School of Built Environment, and with public sector organisations such as Textiles Scotland and the Scottish Academy of Fashion.

Since leaving Heriot-Watt University my research has increasingly become focused on the themes of narrative and communication, with regard to the structure of design learning in the academy and to the everyday experience of a city and it’s architecture & space.

Research to date can be seen across three strands, which current focus on strands 1 and 2. Research outputs are listed in the resume section (above)


1. The City - a question of space

Initiated by the development of a conceptual design project in 2010 - in partnership with Glasgow City Council, The Heritage Trust, Evolve & Strathclyde University - this research discusses fresh ways to analyse and understand urban space, and how we might respond differently to it.

By applying creative thinking and design tools to develop an innovative way of questioning, responding to, and discussing the city, this research provides insight into the use of three-dimensional space and it’s impact on users, experience & communication.

I am producing a series of books, films and exhibitions which showcase the methodology & toolkit development in incremental stages. Primarily these outputs and activities act as vehicles to discuss different aspects of the research as it progresses.


2. The Academy - the architecture of design

A framework for exploring the potential future of design learning - initially executed through the development of workshops & exercises with international design schools – this case study work develops both my teaching practice as well as creating research with possible application in industry, as well as education.

Research in 2011-13 was in the form of case studies and practice-based exercises with students. These have been compiled as papers presented at the 4th IJADE/NSEAD 2012 conference, the Cumulus Dublin 2013 conference and more recent work will be submitted for journals &
conferences in 2014/15.


3. The Archive - a sustainable legacy

With heritage remaining a dominant theme across fashion, advertising, marketing, textiles and the public sector during the last decade, this research has the potential to connect with that sustained trend.

Focused on aspects of re-interpreting the archive, radical collaboration and re-positioning heritage, this area of research discusses the current design approaches of the industry, the true potential of ‘an archive’ in the digital age and the scope for developing an innovative, intuitive new business model for the industry.

The intention is to build a series of projects that address different issues in textiles/fashion/design legacy and create opportunities for significant, real, change in the industry as well as creating academic outputs.
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