Head of School
Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 8649
WE521 – WE Building, Level 5, 21 St Paul Street, Auckland
School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
Private Bag 92006
- MFA (Industrial Design). University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Memberships and Affiliations:
PDINZ, Design Institute of New Zealand, www.dinz.org.nz
Andrew has a MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, USA and has worked in both the United States and New Zealand as an industrial/ product designer. He is currently Head of Department, Product Design here at AUT. Prior to coming to AUT, Andrew was the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Product Design at Unitec, New Zealand.
Andrew has received a number of professional and teaching awards and his students have been recognised many times in national and international competitions. Andrews’s research interests include sustainable product design, design teaching pedagogy and problem based learning. Andrew is currently undertaking a PhD examining and comparing attitudes, expectations and understandings of sustainability and sustainable design from the perspective of students, lecturers and professional designers/design managers. In addition he has recently received a grant to develop online learning tools and resources to support independent student learning. The work from this grant will be incorporated in the product design programme in the second half of 2010.
Andrew has a PHD from Auckland University of Technology and an MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, USA. In addition to the current Interim Head of School, Art and Design role, he is also Co-Director, AUT 3D Printing Lab. His previous roles have included Deputy Head of School, Head of Learning and Teaching, and HOD Industrial Design at AUT. Andrew has also worked in both the United States and New Zealand as an industrial/ product designer. Andrew has received a number of professional and teaching awards and his students have been recognized many times in national and international competitions.
- Design Education
- Curricula Design
- Design Thinking
- Digital Fabrication
- Industrial Design
His primary research interest focuses on the intersection of design, design thinking and university-level education. He utilizes a range of research approaches and methodologies to design and evaluate learning environments and curricula, to improve the learning experiences and learning outcomes of university-level design students, and to contribute to the broad body of knowledge of practitioner-led, educational research. His research approach is generally underpinned by a critical realist (CR) paradigm perspective that seeks to identify and understand complex causal relationships in the learning of design.