Professor of Design Innovation, Innovation Design Engineering School of Design, Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)
Ashley Hall is Professor of Design Innovation in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art where he is head of Experimental Design, the GoGlobal project and IDE research. He studied furniture design at Nottingham Trent University and the RCA, receiving his MA in 1992. His doctoral research at the University of Technology in Sydney centred on exploring cultural transfer between diverse socio-spatial groups in a number of collaborative practice based experimental design projects. He is also a founding partner of Diplomat, a furniture and product design consultancy. Ashley has lectured and run interdisciplinary cross-cultural design projects in China, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Thailand, Korea, Norway, Australia, India, Mali and Ghana. He now directs IDE research and the MPhil/Doctoral programme alongside the experimental design strand that he initiated and developed to explore fundamental innovations led by experimental design thinking for a wide range of outputs from new materials and technologies and product applications through to the future of making, sustainability, and social enterprises.