Interaction Design Program


Dr. Ian Lambert

Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor
Chief Academic Officer

PhD, University of Edinburgh
MA, Central St Martins College of Art and Design
PG, University of Central England
BA (Hons), Birmingham Polytechnic

Research Interests:

Dr. Ian Lambert completed a Carnegie funded research project on designing with ocean plastic in 2019, and has published numerous papers on sustainability, making, and tacit knowledge.

His current research interests center on ocean plastic, circular design, redistributed (re)manufacture, and making-as-thinking.

He was co-chair of the Research Through Design Conference 2017 and is a member of the conference series steering group.

Professional Experience:

Dr. Ian Lambert is the dean of graduate studies at CCS. A maker-researcher and designer, he has worked in both practice and academia for 30 years. Prior to joining the College for Creative Studies, he was based at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland from 2001 – 2019 teaching product design, design history, sustainability, and supervising PhD students; he was head of the department of Design, Photography and Advertising for ten years. He was a visiting lecturer at the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, China, from 2006 – 2017.

Ian Lambert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Lambert has exhibited work widely across the UK, as well as in China and the USA. He was an independent designer of furniture throughout the 1990s, and has undertaken freelance work in London, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

Significant Publications/Presentations/Exhibitions:

2019: Material Reality to Materiality: Ocean Plastic and Design Research (with Kathy Vones). AHRC Design for Change Symposium, London.

2019: Improvisation: Autonomy, Heteronomy and Wilful Naïveté. EKSIG 2019, Estonia.

2019: Designing New Ways to Make Use of Ocean Plastic, The Conversation.

2018: 3D-printing 'Ocean Plastic' - fostering children’s engagement with sustainability (with Vettese, Vones, Allan,), Materials Today (winner $10K Elsevier Innovation prize).

2017: Anthropometry Revisited: A Homage to Yves Klein (with Fabian Galama), Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Object, Coventry.

2017: The Isle of Harris Fish Slice: Industrial Crafting with Ocean Plastic, Making Futures, Plymouth

2017: Making as Growth: Narratives in Materials and Process (with Chris Speed), Design Issues, Vol.33, No.3

2015: Design Practice into Design Research, Making Futures, Plymouth

2015: Critical Making with Aluminium Sandcasting, Creative Practice Conference (Making Research, Researching Making) – Aarhus.

2015: Convergence in Industrial and Craft Processes in UK Undergraduate Product Design Courses, Cumulus, Milan