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Roles and Responsibilities
I focus on cross-disciplinary design methods and innovating on traditional design thinking processes. As a practice-based designer and an academic researcher in the creative industries, I work with makers and practitioners as part of my life. My ongoing research focuses on the intersection of landscape and heritage practices using sensory methods. This is evidenced through not only my ongoing RSE project but in previous landscape research of the Western Isles. Particularly, I find the connection between perception of place and the tensions and entanglements between how we work and why we work and intriguing ways to develop new design strategies to solve our social and environmental problems.
Over the last twenty years, my professional career has taken me through a variety of territories, from an architectural practitioner in the streets of Manhattan to conserving historic structures as a park ranger at Yosemite National Park. My practice has been to enable new connections through the realm of design and the environment. Since 2012, my time in Scotland has developed into working within landscape and heritage entanglements with my Ph.D., as well as, my initial research post at The Glasgow School Art’s Design Innovation program teaching and developing new digital/analog tools. Furthermore, as a design practitioner, I try to bridge new ways of working with traditional making skills, in particular with my work in the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) sponsored Aural Textiles/Distributed Capabilities projects