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Dr. Ian Lambert

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research/Professor/Chief Academic Officer
PhD, University of Edinburgh; MA, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London; BA, Birmingham Polytechnic

ilambert@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Dr. Ian Lambert

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research/Professor/Chief Academic Officer
PhD, University of Edinburgh; MA, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London; BA, Birmingham Polytechnic

ilambert@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

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Ian’s research interests lie in sustainability, redistributed (re)manufacture, and making-as-thinking, and he is currently working with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on the d.Tree Studio. He completed a Carnegie-funded research project on designing with ocean plastic in 2019, has published numerous papers, and continues to undertake practice-led research in a range of areas. He has supervised Ph.D. students on topics including making and designing with ocean plastic.

He was director of Edinburgh Napier’s Art and Design Research Centre for ten years, and co-chair of the Research Through Design Conference 2017.

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Professional Experience

A maker-researcher and designer, Ian Lambert has worked in both practice and academia for 30 years. Prior to joining the College for Creative Studies, he taught at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland (2001-19) and was a visiting lecturer at the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, China (2006-17).

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

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions

Recent Publications/Conference Papers 
2019 Material Reality to Materiality: Ocean Plastic and Design Research (with Vones, K.). AHRC Design for Change symposium, London, (9 Dec)
2019 Improvisation: Autonomy, Heteronomy and Willful Naïveté. EKSIG (DRS) 2019 Conference, Estonia, (22 Sept)
2019 Designing New Ways to Make use of Ocean Plastic, The Conversation, July 2019
2018 3D-printing ‘Ocean Plastic’ – fostering children’s engagement with sustainability (with Vettese, S., Vones, K., Allan, D), Materials Today (winner $10K Elsevier Innovation prize)
2017 The Isle of Harris Fish Slice: Industrial Crafting with Ocean Plastic, Making Futures Conference, Plymouth (21-22 Sept)
2017 Making as Growth: Narratives in Materials and Process (with Speed, C.), Design Issues, Volume 33, Number 3 Summer 2017
2015 Design Practice into Design Research, Making Futures Conference, Plymouth (24-25 Sept)
2015 Diverting Textile Waste from Landfill with Design-Craft Objects (with Iliopoulou, T.), Making Futures Conference, Plymouth (24-25 Sept)
2015 Critical Making with Aluminium Sandcasting, Creative Practice Conference (Making Research, Researching Making) – Aarhus, Denmark (10-12 Sept)
2015 Convergence in Industrial and Craft Processes in UK Undergraduate Product Design Courses, Cumulus Conference, Milan (3-7 June)

Recent Presentations/Research Workshops 
2020 Resources on the Shore (with Vones, K.). Presentation (remote) at 30th International Orkney Science Festival (3 Sept)
2019 Narratives of Waste: An exploration of material transformation through 3D printing (with Vones, K.). Research workshop at RTD 2019, Delft, (19 March)
2019 Transforming Plastic Pollution into a Lesson on Sustainability (with Vones, K.). Presentation (remote) at Global Citizens Week, Vancouver Island University (5 Feb)
2017 Anthropometry Revisited: A Homage to Yves Klein (with Galama, F.). Poster presentation at Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Object, Coventry (8 Dec)
2017 Aluminium Sandcasting: Waste Moulds from Waste. Research workshop at RTD 2017, Edinburgh (21 March)
2019 Narratives of Waste: An exploration of material transformation through 3D printing (with Vones, K.). Research workshop at RTD 2019, Delft, (19 March)
2019 Transforming Plastic Pollution into a Lesson on Sustainability (with Vones, K.). Presentation (remote) at Global Citizens Week, Vancouver Island University (5 Feb)
2017 Anthropometry Revisited: A Homage to Yves Klein (with Galama, F.). Poster presentation at Drawing Conversations 2: Body, Space, Object, Coventry (8 Dec)
2017 Aluminium Sandcasting: Waste Moulds from Waste. Research workshop at RTD 2017, Edinburgh (21 March)

 

Bubble wrap with a corner that is burnt
oranges in a blue bowl made up of wooden pieces
Ian Lambert working in a foundry
Materials used to make projects - includes gloves, safety goggles, spray paint, pocket knife etc.
silver bubble wrap bowl
styrofoam pieced together to make a bowl and painted brown
upside down bowl with white Styrofoam to look like a brain
metallic bubble wrap
plastic and garbage caught in rocks outside
three spatulas at different rates of breakdown

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