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Institute for Sustainable Design - The Future

 

          As the ERDF funded part of the ISD came to an end in June 2015, we wanted to continue all the good work we accomplished during the project. ISD is now a research centre working across all art and design disciplines. ISD acts as a focus for the excellent work on sustainability undertaken by staff and students at Swansea College of Art. We collaborate with INSPIRE, The Environment Office (the Greenovators) and RIES to disseminate and promote the good practice in sustainability that's happening across UWTSD.

 

          “….There is a belief that ‘The Arts’ can do something that science, politics, academia, media and other disciplines simply cannot. Art has the power to create space for dialogue, art can communicate information which might otherwise be alienating to people, art can bring communities together and make difficult things understandable, and art can inspire people with visions of a sustainable future: in short, art can transform. …“

Paul Allen, et al., 2014, Culture Shift. How do artists responding to Sustainability in Wales

 

Each member has a unique skill set to offer – click on a person below to find out more...

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    Dr Ian Walsh Dean of Facutly Art and Design

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    Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees Senior Research Associate

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    Matthew Archer Researcher, Product Design

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    Prof Andrea Liggins Emeritus Professor of Photography

Dr Ian Walsh Dean of Facutly Art and Design

Dr Ian Walsh BA(Hons), PhD, FRSA 

Dr Walsh has 25 years experience as an industrial designer and design educator and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Dr Walsh is Dean of Art and Design at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as well as being the ISD Director.

Current research interests include the role of design for assisted living and the development of innovation culture in individuals and organisations. His commercial design experience extends from consumer electronics through to furniture design. Academic experience includes the development and directorship of numerous courses in industrial and automotive design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Dr Tyra Oseng-Rees Senior Research Associate

Dr. Tyra Oseng-Rees was awarded her PhD in Industrial Design where she investigated the prospect of using recycled bottle glass with a low energy fusion process including testing the new material properties and aesthetic features. During her research she was commissioned by Grŵp Gwalia to develop sustainable interior tiles which were installed at their sustainable development at the maritime Swansea Waterfront SA1 development.

She is currently managing ISD as a research cluster and working as a Senior Research Associate developing new applications and manufacturing processes using recycled glass. She also has a great interest in collaborating with the architects, artists and engineers to meet building specifications for indoor and outdoor installations and to develop research partnerships with other academic institution.

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Matthew Archer Researcher, Product Design

Matt Archer is programme Director for School of Industrial Design Masters Portfolio.

His teaching focus is within Design Practice & Sustainability as well as application and integration of CAD & Rapid Prototyping, and his research interest lies within the relationship between Product Sustainability & Digital Prototyping.

Matt is also Chair of the Faculty of Art & Design Sustainability Committee. He is overseeing the already excellent practice being undertaken currently throughout the Faculty and it is the role of the committee through the School’s representation to capture and record all activities with a sustainable bias, whether that’s through the academic/professional staff teaching, research or practice based approaches.

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Prof Andrea Liggins Emeritus Professor of Photography

Andrea is the Principal Investigator (PI) on an AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) grant started January 2016 with an end August 2017.

Title of the project is: Cross-pollination: Re-valuing Pollinators through Arts and Science Collaboration.

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    Gwenllian Beynon Senior Lecturer

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    Dr Shelley Doolan Senior Research Associate

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    Ian Williams Product Design Manager

Gwenllian Beynon Senior Lecturer

Gwenllian Beynon is a creative practitioner and printmaker using multidisciplinary principles including 2D, 3D, design, theatre, traditional and non-traditional processes and strives to work in a sustainable way, minimizing the risk to the environment. She has been lecturer at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David since 2005. She is now the Programme director for the Undergraduate Art and Design and Art Practice provision on the Carmarthen campus of the school of Applied Arts and Art Practice.

Gwenllian is currently undertaking a PhD exploring the role and relationships between a facilitator and participants within creative workshop settings. Underpinning this research is the investigation of academic processes, creativity and creative learning journeys.

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Dr Shelley Doolan Senior Research Associate

Research in design and applied arts, development of research clusters, partnerships and proposals.  Teaching undergraduate and post-graduate art and design modules.

s a glass artist Shelley has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections. Shelley was awarded the prestigious Glass Sellers Award at the British Glass Biennale in 2010.

In 2008, with Arts Council funding, Shelley carried out a pilot project to investigate the potential for CAD and CAM processes within her practice.  This initial investigation led to PhD study at UWTSD to further develop this research, with completion in 2014.

The PhD focused on developing a model of practice for the synthesis of CAD and CAM processes with a traditional craft practice.

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Ian Williams Product Design Manager

Ian is the Product Design Manager on the ISD project and is in charge of the ICT Initiative within ISD. After graduating with a BSc Product Design Ian joined (PDC Innovation) Product Development Centre based at Swansea Metropolitan University and worked on Research and development for SME’s and multi National companies including Belron®.

After successfully managing multiple design projects within PDC Innovation Ian managed the IDEAS Centre which is the product Design arm of Commercial Services at Swansea Metropolitan University.

With 14 years experience developing ideas/products for manufacture, Ian has experience in all aspect of the design process from conceptual design and model making to CAD, detailed design and development.

After designing and building his own 3D scanner, current interests lie in additive manufacturing technologies including affordable 3D printers and 3D scanners for SME’S and individuals.

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