Current Books

My Current Book projects

  1. The Social Object (Intellect)
  2. Space in the Contemporary Higher Education Classroom: Learner Centered Design (Palgrave)
  3. Learner Centered Industrial Design Education (Intellect*)
  4. Porous Frontiers: How academic cultures of design are informed by contextual discourses (Springer*)

Adults constantly raise the bar on smart children, precisely because they’re able to handle it. The children get overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them and gradually lose the sort of openness and sense of accomplishment they innately have. When they’re treated like that, children start to crawl inside a shell and keep everything inside. It takes a lot of time and effort to get them to open up again. Kids’ hearts are malleable, but once they gel it’s hard to get them back the way they were.

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Papers I am co-authoring

  1. My First Six Months: Industrial Design Students Perceptions of their First Semester Experience of Learner-Centred Design Studios
  2. The Upcycling Studio: When sustainability researchers collaborate to teach the first year students of design.
  3. The making of student inventors: The design and practice of innovation focusssed studios
  4. Becoming excited about getting things made: Teaching manufacturing processes in the first year design classroom
  5. Acknowledging Agency, Practicing Agency: Capacity development module for activating youth about sustainable consumption
  6. Enabling CoPresence: A Human Centered Communication Participatory Design within a forensic hospital
  7. Employing Culture: A co-designed toolkit for supporting refugee employment and capacity building in bi-cultural work
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