Lecture by Martin Woolley on the Past, Present and Future of the Creative Environment

Martin Woolley, Emeritus Professor in Design Research (Coventry University, UK) will give a lecture at Aalto ARTS titled ‘Making Room – the Past, Present and Future of the Creative Environment’ on March 29th.

  • When: 29th at 13-15
  • Where: room 885, Arabia campus  (Hämeentie 135 C)

The presentation explores the historical, socio-economic and psychological contexts of the creative environment, being the space in which artists, designers and others imagine, research, develop and make. Surprisingly little formal research has ever been conducted into this topic, in contrast to the office environment for example. Most related existing research tends instead to focus on the creative process itself and its related outputs, rather than the environments in which they take place or are produced. The presentation analyses a number of creative spaces and provides models of their primary characteristics. It concludes with suggested strategies for redressing this imbalance and raising the potential of the creative environment as a result.

Martin Woolley is Emeritus Professor in Design Research, Coventry University, UK. With a background in three-dimensional, interior and industrial design, his research interests have broadened to encompass technology transfer, new product development, the crafts, the creative environment and user-centred design. He has supervised and examined numerous research degrees, been active on several national research bodies and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Over the last two decades he has combined funded research projects with the challenge of directing research within several top UK universities. Martin has also undertaken advisory work for worldwide academic institutions. He is a fellow of the Design Research Society, has chaired two national subject associations and in 1977 was one of the first people in the UK to undertake a PhD in Industrial Design. He has also served on national research panels and led several major EU and UK funded research projects.