Senior Lecturer: Design
School of Art, Design & Computer Science
T: 01904 876718
BA Hons MA, PGCE, HEA
I began my career gaining a MA Furniture Design at Bucks University before beginning my career as freelance designer working alongside companies such as Made by Man and Fitch Design, designing a range of concepts for interior spaces. I was eventually given the opportunity to work at Pentland Centre and responsible for designing a new range of street fashion footwear for production in the European market. During this period, Alias Wavefront offered me a position using their latest 3D modelling software to learn and create a variety of virtual concept designs. As a result, the BBC offered me a position as a ‘Virtual Set Designer’ to develop innovative 3D virtual environments for television. I worked on the first children’s interactive television programme, (BamZooki) and other known brands using the Chroma key studios. After a period of time, I transferred into the BBC 3D department concentrating on digital 3D graphics and animation for television and used my creative talent for post-production. Over the years, I have claimed many prestigious awards and also been nominated for an Emmy Award at the New York Festival. I continued my career in managing a project ‘Digital Knowledge Exchange’, and partnering with EON3D to explore 3D Stereoscopic and Interactive CAD technologies. I eventually set up my own company WAK Studios as Creative Director for several years working on commercial and educational projects for WWF, SKY, DHL, FELLOWES, NHS and many more. I became an Autodesk Accredited Trainer and have produced online curriculum for the Autodesk STEAM website for schools in both the USA and UK.
I am currently undertaking a PhD in researching the area for using Service Design Thinking to create effective and practical pedagogical approaches for Augmented Reality Science based Education.