Lecturer for GMIT Letterfrack since 2000
Work Placement Co-ordinator (International work placement programme)
Supervision of undergraduate industry projects
Programme Chair for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture Design and Manufacture Programme Chair for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Furniture and Wood Technology
Using Information Communication Technology to enrich learning in craft based education – 2004 Co-Design and Founder of Galway Design Box – 2015
Editor and Co-Founder of Iterations 2015,
Co-Organizer of Deanta Design Conference 2015
Fault lines Bridging Knowledge Spaces Irish Design Research Conference 2015: E- Learning in Craft Based Education
Exhibited in Farmleigh Gallery Dublin Furnishing the Details in 2006
Exhibited in Farmleigh Gallery Dublin GMIT Letterfrack 25 Years of Excellence and Innovation in 2012
Editor – Iterations Design Journal 2016
Judge for Undergraduate Awards 2015 Visual Arts & Design Section,
Solaglas Limited: Designer
Specialist Joinery: Designer in charge of Design and Technical Department
FM Design: Design Consultant 1 yr. and BS Tooling: Draughts person and Quality Control 1 yr.
I have been a researcher, consultant and educator in the furniture design industry for twenty years. For the past fifteen years I have been working as a lecturer in design education at GMIT Letterfrack. I have a love of detail and design and have had my furniture designs showcased at Farmleigh House and designed and made pieces for President Michael D. Higgins. I have supervised students and worked with furniture companies in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Australia, Canada, Africa and Asia dealing with all aspects of the furniture industry. Clients include - Furniture Manufacture, Architectural Woodworking, Store Fixtures and Custom Wood Products.
My latest project was a collaborative project with Davin Larkin, a fellow GMIT Letterfrack design lecturer. One output of this collaboration has been the Galway Design Box initiative which creates a platform for design like no other city in Ireland. http://galwaydesignbox.com/
I am constantly trying to create learning opportunities for students with industry and other external organisations, ranging from small workshops to large multinationals like MJM and Glen Dimplex. I have been responsible for the delivery of modules in Design and Innovation, Design and Visual Studies, Industrial Design and CAD/CAM. Over a period, I have worked with colleagues in ensuring that the design process which students follow has been aligned with developments in manufacturing, materials and digital technology. I have demonstrated an excellent proficiency for ensuring that my teaching is also aligned with industry and that students are both engaged and challenged to develop design solutions that are innovative and relevant.
MA Management Education, Waterford Institute of Technology BSc (Hons) Technology and Design, University of Ulster
Higher National Diploma in Engineering, University of Ulster National Certificate in Technology in Furniture Production GMIT
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