October 2014 -
Assistant Professor, Design School Kolding
Research area: Welfare and well-being
2009 - 2013. PhD, Aarhus School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark.
Title: Accessibility Through User-Centred and Inclusive Design Methods. The PhD was submitted in mid December, 2013 and awarded on March 13, 2014. The examining committee consisted of Prof. Alastair Macdonald (senior researcher at the Glasgow School of Art), Dr. Yanki Lee (Director, DESIS Lab for Social Design Research, Hong Kong Design Institute) and Prof. Jørgen Rasmussen (Aarhus School of Architecture).
1997-1999. Master´s Degree (MA) Automotive Styling, Coventry University, England.
Courses included sketching, clay modelling, visual semantics, and ergonomics for designers. The MA project was a concept car for a full-size luxury coupe, the Buick Riviera. For this a 1:4 scale model was built. CAD models, digital renderings and hand-renderings supported the submission.
1988-1992. Bachelor Degree (BA), Earth Science, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Courses covered biology, chemistry, geography and geology with later specialisations in hydrogeology, sedimentary geology, geomorphology, palaeontology, and geological field mapping.WORK
April 2014 to September 2014, ITPDP.
Principle Lecturer. The course requires 1st year, Q3 students of IT at Aarhus
University to design a working and visual prototype combined with a design for a data management structure. It builds on the Physical Design course (see below) and involves design research, modelling and sketching user experience, field research (ethnography), ideation methods, data sorting (KJ Technique) mapping, modelling, and introductory colour theory for design.
Jan 2014 to March 2014,
Physical Design. Assistant Lecturer. An introduction to design for students of IT at Aarhus University (first year, Q2). Using selected examples and groups discussion students learned about design exemplars and design failures along with seminars on form language, design processes and the psychology of form analysis (principally Gestalt theory as a practical framework). Students also considered aspects of interaction design and user-interfaces. Drawing materials and drawing
Design - Professional Introduction. Assistant lecturer. The course at AAA served as an
introduction to design thinking and design processes for architecture students who have completed their third year. The material covered design processes, forms of design and design methods. The course culminated in an project to re-consider a design problem using one of the three approaches presented.
August 2009 to September 2013:
PhD stipendiat, Aarhus School of Architecture. Project title: Accessibility through user-centred and inclusive design methods. Teaching areas: ergonomics and inclusive design, aesthetics for industrial design. As well as formal teaching I have also tutored individual students on
projects with an inclusive design or ergonomic requirement. An aim of my teaching has been to
December 2007-Jan 2008
Tutor, Aarhus School Of Architecture. Supported and assessed third- yearIndustrial Design students in their project design and execution.
Visiting Design Consultant. Schmidt Hammer & Lassen, Aarhus. Prepared a presentation on automotive design principles for SHL´s competition department.
Visiting tutor. Aarhus School Of Architecture. Lectured on form language and created and assessed accompanying coursework.
Scandinavian Design High School, Randers. Visiting tutor. Lectured on 3D form and line.
Copy Editor, Aalborg University, DK. Edited papers for publication in an academic journal. February 2007 Guest Lecturer. Kolding Design School, DK. Lectured on 2D representation in the automotive industry.
Guest Lecturer. Kolding Design School, DK. Lectured on 2D representation in the
1998 – Tutor, Coventry University, England
Taught automotive drawing and rendering for one term to students on the Industrial Design Foundation Year programme.
WORK HISTORY: PRIVATE INDUSTRY
February 2008 to March 2009
Project Engineer, Bosal-Sekura, Randers. The company designs and
produces control cabins for industrial vehicles (welded cab frame, glass, hard trim, controls and
electronics). My work consisted of design-engineering with ProE and the provision of industrial design guidance to colleagues. Training courses: ProE Introduction and ProE Sheet Metal.
January 2000 to October 2006
CAD-modeller (ICEM-Surf) and designer, Bertrandt UK, Essex, England and Cologne, Germany. Interior and exterior surface modeling for Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, McLaren and Opel. My work covered from concept modeling through to A-class data release. Projects have included 2004
Focus and Focus ST, 2005 Opel Zafira, 2006 Ford C-Max, the 2006 Ford Galaxy and S-Max, the 2008 Ford Fiesta and 2007 Ford Mondeo.
For Bertrandt UK, I directed a design programme for two show-car proposals for a major supplier (interior and exterior) and a body-kit (for the Ford Fusion). Additional design experience involved the design and construction of ICEM models used for marketing presentations such as a light van interior and exterior concept, (2002) a cabriolet exterior and a premium-sector coupe exterior (both 2002
WORK HISTORY: BEFORE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Writer and broadcaster, Raidió Telifis Eireann, Dublin, Ireland.
Wrote and presented documentaries and radio features for Ireland`s national broadcasting corporation.
Writer and broadcaster, Options Radio Productions, Dublin, Ireland.
Wrote and presented documentaries and features for syndication to regional radio stations.
1993-1994. Project Hydrogeologist, EMS Inc, Maryland, United States. Project-managed hydrogeological site investigations on behalf of major energy companies (Chevron, Southland, Amerada Hess) in Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. Supervised drilling work, soil and water sampling and liaised with the client’s regulatory compliance managers.