Ian has over 25 years of experience in design education. He worked as an independent and freelance designer from 1990 to 1999, concurrently teaching design part-time in colleges and universities in the West Midlands and then London. He has worked in education full-time since 1999 while maintaining design practice, along with research and knowledge exchange (R&KE) projects.
Ian is the Director of the Art & Design Research Centre, overseeing research and knowledge exchange activity within the academic team and co-ordinating our submission for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Ian has worked on several SFC Innovation Voucher funded projects with Scottish SMEs
Ian has exhibited work widely across the UK since 1990, including at the London Design Festival (2005 and 2006), and The Lighthouse in Glasgow, and his work has been published and reviewed in national newspapers and design magazines as well as on BBC Radio 4.
He has an MA from Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, London (now part of UAL), and a BA (Hons) degree in 3D Design (Furniture) from Birmingham Polytechnic. He is due to complete a PhD by creative practice at Edinburgh College of Art (Edinburgh University) in 2018.