Dr Tom Ainsworth is a researcher, lecturer and designer with a particular focus on design for well being. His doctorate followed work as a Research Assistant at Brighton and Sussex Medical school, while his own research interests seek to achieve social benefit through activities in design for health, design innovation and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
A design anthropologist, Jo-Anne Bichard is on secondment from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Her research experience focuses on ethnographic studies of, and users interactions with space, place and technology.
Alma Boyes is a sculptor whose work is currently focussed on figurative studies and work that explores the expression and evocation of social (and cultural) relationships, predominantly as expressed between animal species. She teaches in material practice and design specialising in ceramics.
Amanda Bright is an artist, craftsperson and education leader. She is Head of the university's School of Art.
Professor Karen Cham is a critical design practitioner who works with technology. With a background in experimental electronic arts, she made her first website and touchscreen in 1994, and is an expert in design methods for complex digital products, services, business models and strategies.
Tanya Dean is co-founder of acclaimed design consultancy BoBo Design Ltd and Area Leader for Plastics. Her interests stem from an intuitive and enquiring relationship with materials and making which have been tuned to enable the exploration of the potential of materials in a range of designed contexts.
Patrick’s specialisms include woven and printed textiles design and manufacture, laser-cutting, jewellery and 3D design/making in a range of technical and traditional materials. He works with colleagues and students across a diverse range of design, fine art and engineering disciplines, advising on the potential of textile structures.
Jules Findley has many years of high end industry experience in Fashion and Textiles design, forecasting and product as design consultant and creative director to plc's. She has introduced Fashion Communication to the Fashion and Textile programme. Her research is in the material of paper; examining the concept of grief issues through the analogy of raw edges.
Vikki Haffenden has a special interest and highly specialised knowledge of digital knit design and practice. Her research interests and experience include user centred design and participatory research, with particular reference to clothing issues relating to ageing or non-standard body shape.
Prof Guy Julier's post as the University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum is dedicated to developing and running a research programme that addresses contemporary issues in design that also links the museum, the university and professionals in the creative industries.
An expert in the history of plywood technology in furniture design. Jyri Kermik has gained an international reputation for furniture designs for small scale and volume production. He is interested in technology and design process development, spatial and 3D design.
President of the Chartered Society of Designers, and a key figure in the development of education in fashion and textiles, Jake Leith's interests lie in printed textiles and business practice in fashion and design. He co-founded the design consultancy Fantasy Finishes and the interior design company The Jake Leith Partnership.
Patrick Letschka is area leader for the wood department and visual research in 3D Design & Materials Practice. He runs a small workshop, has collaborated with several leading craftspeople. His work is primarily concerned with researching through moving image and making objects that function within ritual.
Professor Lloyd's research interests include Design Ethics, Storytelling in the Design Process, Design in the Media, and Video Assisted Learning in Design. He is associate editor for the leading journal Design Studies, and membership secretary for the Design Research Society.
Designer James McAdam creates products which explore the emotional interaction and technological innovation. These have been internationally recognised, exhibited and featured in various media/press features. Designing products that affect emotions, his designs aim to help overcome fear and insecurity.
Gareth Neal’s acclaimed furniture design practice was established in 1999 and has since gained international recognition. His unique style seeks a reconsideration of contemporary furniture design, questioning our perceptions of history and the contemporary, the material and immaterial.
A specialist in textiles for interiors, Leo has designed prints within the fashion industry, working since 1995 with his parter in their company Santos & Adolfsdottir to create wall coverings, screens, cushions and lighting, using both natural and synthetic materials with the application of print, dye and laser cutting technology.
A freelance knitwear designer and pattern cutter with an illustrious clientele, Juliana has extensive experience of working with different designers. With an interest in Victorian fashion design, she was a resident designer with the V&A and tutors in Knitwear, Fashion Design and Pattern Cutting.
A lecturer of ceramics, Louisa is especially interested in colour permutation. form and function. 18th Century dining vessels. and rituals of dining. She runs her own practice producing, among other things, an aclaimed stacking tableware range for shops, galleries and collectors in the UK and internationally.
Avril Wilson is joint Area Leader for Metal with specialist knowledge in blacksmithing and steel fabrication as well as experience of working in a wide range of materials. Her work explores identity of place through commissioned work in the public realm and gallery exhibitions.
A leading figure in the development of the History of Design, Professor Jonathan M Woodham publishes in a number of specialist fields largely centred on design issues in the industrialised world in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly within a British context.
He developed the infrastructure for research in arts and humanities at the university as Director of Research.