Susana Soares

Susana Soares, LSBU

Senior Lecturer

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    020 7815 7621
  • School/Division:
    Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design

Susana Soares' work explores the implications of the current technological redesign of nature, often incorporating living beings into holistic projects that rely on natural cycles, harnessed towards new functions. Her projects involve developing collaborative frameworks between design and emerging scientific research. She employs “design to transcend its traditional boundaries”, to explore future technological implications for public engagement and awareness.

After completing a BA in Industrial Design at ESAD, Portugal in 2000, Susana graduated in MA Design Interaction in Royal College of Art, London under the direction of Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby in 2007.

She teaches on number of modules across the Mechanical Engineering and Design courses at LSBU, with a particular emphasis on design futures, critical design thinking and divergent approaches to design teaching as well as visual communications.

Susana is currently interested in the future of food systems and exploring the nutritive and environmental aspects of entomophagy and other alternative proteins, combined with 3D food printing technologies within the Insects au Gratin project.

Susana's current teaching includes:

Level 4 (Year 1)

  • Visual communications

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • Design Interactions

Level 6 (Year 4)

  • Service Design
  • Design Project (personal tutor for student major projects)

Throughout the years Susana has taken a practice design-led research approach. She has held research fellow positions at:

  • IMPACT!, a project coordinated by Design Interactions department at Royal College of Art and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and NESTA.
  • Materials Beliefs, based at Goldsmiths University of London and funded by the EPSRC.

Her current interests focus on how the understanding of technological redesigned living systems can generate new frameworks for design practice. Alongside this, Susana is investigating the development of 3D food printing that uses alternative protein as a medium for the production of sustainable food.

Most recent publications

Andrews, D and Soares, S Growing Spaces: developing a sustainability literate graduate.. In: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future: 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 7 - 8 September 2017, Oslo, Norway.

Payne, C and Doberman, D and Forkes, AD and House, J and Josephs, J and McBride, A and Mueller, A and Quilliam, R and Soares, S Insects as food and feed: European perspectives on recent research and future priorities. Journal of Insects as Food or Feed, 2. 269-276. DOI 10.3920/JIFF2016.0011

Soares, S and Andrews, D Talking with experts - from research to objects: using academic research as the basis of collaborative and cross disciplinary projects for design students. In: 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 8 - 9 September 2016, Aalborg, Denmark.

Soares, S Design for the New Natural in the Age of Post-Media. In: Renewable Futures, 8–10th October 2015, Riga, Latvia.

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Susana is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Susana has lectured internationally and presented her work at Networkshop (Caltech University), Creative Engagement/Medi(t)ation of Survival symposium at MOMAK, Kyoto and Headspace - scent as design conference, organised by Parsons, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Seed magazine in New York.

Her work has been published within design and scientific publications such as Wired, New Scientist and Nature, and exhibited at the MoMA in New York, MOMAK in Kyoto, Science Gallery in Dublin, Southbank Centre and The Royal Institution in London.

Susana’s work is in the permanent collection of MoMA New York.

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