Christopher Rose MDesRCA
Chris is known both for his work in arts-science-design collaborations and for his leadership of one of the UK’s best known multidisciplinary design programs titled ‘Three Dimensional Design and Materials Practice”, with courses at the University of Brighton, England from 1993 – 2009. He is currently involved in a number of US, UK and European research initiatives including supervising practice-based PhD and Masters thesis work in art and design, including furniture and industrial design, graphic design and digital media, architecture and glass. He has recently been invited together with other arts and sciences collaborators to contribute an installation to the Royal Society of Science 350th anniversary events on London’s South Bank in Summer 2010. Current collaborations continue with meteorology and data representation (Universities of Brighton and Reading, UK) visual perception (Institute of Brain Sciences, Brown University) and the Engineering, Social Justice and Peace network (ESJP).

We know as much as our means of expression, engagement, our ‘art’ allows us to know, since we can know only what we have attempted to share, explain, present or negotiate. (From ‘Five Essays on Design’, 2006).

Chris is currently at Rhode Island School of Design, USA where he is senior critic in furniture design, and engagement coordinator for NSF funded research. The National Science Foundation presently funds a five year program to support interdisciplinary teaching and research known as EPSCoR; the Experimental Program for Competitive Research.

Chris Rose at RISD Nature Lab

About his teaching, research and creative work
Chris studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Central School of Art, London, and his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in Furniture Design. During his early furniture and interior consultancy design career he was a member of the UK Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers and a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers Guild award. For five years he and UK furniture artist Fred Baier shared studio design consultancy Baier-Rose Design, and Chris subsequently worked with Pearl Dot Furniture in London. Chris was invited to manage part of the independent Parnham Studio Furniture program established by John Makepeace, and later the multidisciplinary arts and design program at the University of Brighton, where he continued to broaden the academic connections between research, practice and the working links with materials science, art-science collaboration and international cross-border projects. These included one of the first European exchange MA programs with Eastern Europe, sustainable transportation on the London-Paris ‘Avenue Verte’ and the first European design competition for composite materials with ESCM (European Society for Composite Materials). At Brighton, in addition to supervising practice-based PhD studies, Chris created teaching and learning grant-aided projects at the forefront of European developments focusing upon the internationalisation of the curriculum. These included ‘Design and Traditional Indian Manufacturing’, and ‘Chair Design and Biomechanics’ supported by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Design. Two publications reflecting this centre’s work with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, to which Chris contributed interviews and activities are; Museums and Design Education; Looking to Learn, Learning to See (Cook, Reynolds, Speight, Ashgate 2010) and Design Education; Learning, Teaching and Researching Through Design (P. Lyon, Gower 2011)

Light shone directly into our eyes means nothing, yet the same energies deflected to us via everything else that is ‘out there’ will carry the meanings of that ‘everything’ for us and to ourselves. (From ‘Light and Materiality” 2011).

Information about his research and publications including the 2006 ‘Five Essays on Design’ (with Illustrations by George Hardie) and ‘Light and Materiality’ can be found on this site.