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Andrew Forkes

Andrew Forkes

Senior Lecturer Industrial Design / Course Director, BSc (Hons) Product Design

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    Engineering / Mechanical Engineering and Design

Prior to his tenure at London South Bank University Andrew worked in the design and product development industry for 15 years involved with a diverse range of product typologies from aircraft interiors and seating through office furniture to invasive/non invasive medical products. He has worked for some of the most respected design consultancies such as IDEO, was a design and development consultant at Concord:Marlin lighting and collaborated with disciplines as broad as DJ's, ergonomists, primary school teachers, graphic designers, typographers, architects, engineers, 'marketeers' and entomologists.

Andrew has bought a wealth of industry experience to his teaching practice at LSBU and sees teaching design as a collaborative experience for both academic and student.

Andrew has taught on most of the modules delivered to the undergraduate design students and runs postgraduate modules in prototype development.

He is currently teaching on the modules: design thinking and practice 1 &2, digital communications and computing 1 and design project 3, with the aim of developing thoughtful graduates with creative, intellectual and practical skills.

Andrew's teaching practice uses physical samples, his vast industry experience and a healthy dose of innovation, with the aim of producing a learning experience that is engaging, stimulating, fun and reflects the breath and depth of industry destinations the design graduates arrive at.

Andrew's teaching activities have been recognised by London South Bank University when the Design Thinking and Practice 2 module 'Pop –up Shop project' was commended in the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's enterprising staff award for greatest student benefit.

Andrew has previously mentored undergraduate and postgraduate design and engineering students from Central St Martins, Farnham School of Art and Design and King's College London.

Andrew's research crosses practice-based design research with design and engineering pedagogy and is currently working with colleague Susana Soares  on the 'insects au gratin' project developing a food printing system that creates sustainable food utilising insect derived protein.

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  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Scientific review panel member for the Institute of Engineering Designers  Engineering and Product Design Education conference.