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Personal Statement

I teach Product Design in the Department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM). I studied Architecture and Design at the University of Strathclyde and at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, before becoming a registered architect. I have an MSc in Computer-Aided Building Design and a PhD in Design Education. I worked in architectural practice for over 12 years before moving to academia; joining DMEM in 2007.

As Director of UG Individual Projects I have the responsibility for the 4th and 5th year final individual student product design projects. I teach design methods and their application to product development and industrial project-based group work. I am responsible for the department’s Teaching and Learning Enhancements and have been involved in a number of projects and pilots to improve the Student Experience, Online Feedback and Assessment and Online CPD.

My research focus is in the area of distributed working, distributed information management and global design education, having worked on the JISC/NSF funded research DIDET Project (Distributed Innovative Design, Education and Teamwork) from 2003-2008, with colleagues from the Center for Design Research, Stanford University. My PhD investigated distributed design information management for global collaborations and I have published in over 40 journal and conference papers and this area.  My most recent research is an EPSRC funded grant on Data Information Systems - DaISy, part of the Big Data Programme - investigating the visualisation and handling of large secure data sets for the defence industry. 


Expertise & Capabilities

  • distributed working
  • distributed information management
  • design education
  • creative design methods


Teaching Interests

I teach in the Global Design Class and in a Product Development Class with strong teaching interests in distributed design and design education. I have investigated creative design methods and how these might be applied to product design engineering projects and other engineering disciplines. More recently following the organisation of a CPD Circular Economy Conference at Strathclyde, headlining Dame Ellen McArthur, I am interested in how creativity can be applied to the design of sustainable of products.  


Education/Academic qualification



Bachelor of Architecture, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE



  • design education
  • product development
  • global design
  • information management
  • information visualisation
  • creative design methods

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Projects 2003 2020

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Brisco, Ross

Whitfield, R., Grierson, H. & Brisco, R.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Differential thermal analysis
Mobile devices

Information Sharing for Effective Digital Collaborators

Grierson, H.

23/01/12 → …

Project: Internally funded project

Research Output 1999 2019

Delivering a total engineering education

Whitfield, R. I., Duffy, A. H. B. & Grierson, H., 18 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) p. 1-6. 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Engineering education

Overcoming the challenges of global collaboration through design education

Brisco, R., Whitfield, R. I., Grierson, H. & Bohemia, E., 21 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Towards a New Innovation Landscape. Glasgow, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

Technical presentations


Best Departmental Presentation

Hilary Grierson (Recipient), 17 Jan 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Best Research Presentation in Design Theme

Hilary Grierson (Recipient), 15 Jan 2008

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2002 2018

21st International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education

Ian Whitfield (Chair), Dorothy Evans (Organiser), William Ion (Organiser), Hilary Grierson (Organiser), Ross Brisco (Organiser)
1 May 201813 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

Images of Research 2017

Ross Brisco (Participant), Robert Whitfield (Participant), Hilary Grierson (Participant)
2 May 2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course