academic history

career history

PhD in Philosophy, 2007 – date, University of Essex (part-time)
History of Art Diploma, 2007, Birkbeck College
MA Aesthetics, 2003, Middlesex University
Graphic Design BTEC PDC, 2002, WAES
BSc (Hons) Psychology, 1999, Birkbeck College
Architectural Association School of Architecture, 1987 – 1991
BTEC HNC Building Studies, 1987, Carlisle Technical College
BTEC ONC Building Studies, 1985, Carlisle Technical College

Arup, 1998 – 2010, Senior graphic designer and team leader
Arup, 1994 – 1998, Structural technician
Alan Baxter and Associates, 1993 – 1994, Structural technician
Atelier One, 1993, Structural technician
Arup, 1990 – 1991, Structural technician
Maidment and Brady Architects, 1989, Architectural technician
BBC Architects' Section, 1988, Structural technician
Cumbria County Architects, 1983 – 1987, Architectural technician
I'm currently working on my PhD, at the University of Essex, studying the relation between creativity and structured thought, between the organic and the mathematically-defined line, if you prefer. My project is a development of Martin Heidegger's writing on art and on technology, even if it will probably be somewhat critical of this in the end.

I wrote my Aesthetics MA dissertation on the structure of the self, as implicitly given in Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of painting. (I got away with talking about neuroscience in a phenomenology piece by pointing out that he'd done that too.)

Before that, I wrote my psychology degree project as a discourse analytic piece on the differing ways in which architects and structural engineers conceptualise both the design process and the building design itself.

I'm a member of, and former committee secretary of, the 'Consciousness and Experiential Psychology' Section of the British Psychological Society.

I've studied history of art at Birkbeck, where my particular interests were in medieval and northern renaissance art, and architecture at the AA.


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