Mr Peter Davis
Profiles

Mr Peter Davis

Lecturer in Design Culture

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Peter can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Design
  • Design culture
  • Design history
  • Sustainable design
  • Transformative design
  • Art-architecture design

Programme Leader MA DESIGN - Award Leader BA DESIGN CULTURES

Peter is Programme leader for MA Design within the school of ADA (Art, Design & Architecture) and Design Cultures Leader for BA undergraduates.

Peter is MA Programme Leader in Design, incorporating Design Products, Maker and Materials, Service Design, Spatial Design and Sustainable Futures & Award Leader BA (Hons) Design Cultures. He leads a group of internationally acclaimed practitioners who teach systemic design thinking, inventing sustainably, designing aesthetically, creating useful and beautiful products, using digital manufacturing and fabrication, while developing new processes relevant to the 21st century.

With an extensive career working in Design Higher Education Peter’s experience covers the delivery, development, validation and examination of courses with students at local, national and international level, through to research activity.

Within the School of ADA Peter coordinates the DesignKnowledge Research area with Message and iDAT.

Qualifications

Peter has received degrees from Cardiff College of Art andDesign under the stewardship of Tom Hudson, two further degrees and scholarships from the Royal College of Art, under the stewardship of Peter Kardia and later John Stezka and Patrick Kiellier. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Professional membership

Member of the Higher Education Academy: Design History Journal: Design Society; Design Research: Writing Pads: RCA Alum, Learning Institute, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Group for Learning in Art and Design, Research Drawing Network, RSA, Craft Action Network. European Academy of Design. DRS.

Roles on external bodies

Reviewer for the Journal of Design Practice and Principles.
Associate Editor for volume 5 of Design Principles and
Practices: An International Journal
Panel member at IADE Lisbon
European Academy of Design Conference Convenor
External Reviewer at BIAD
Chair of Trustees for EVA (Arts Studios)

Teaching interests

Broad teaching interests are within the arts, digital practice, sustainability and social regenerative areas. using design and art as a creative force for positive outcomes and change. Peter has further interests in innovation through teaching and regeneration through art, architecture and design.

Staff serving as external examiners

ExternalExaminer for Middlesex University: MA Design, MA Interior Architecture and MAGraphics.
External Reviewer BIAD Design
External Examiner for Grays Aberdeen University: BA Fine Art/Design

Research interests

Peter’s research interests are transdisciplinary, they form hybrid connections to design, art and architecture and other creative disciplines. Focused interests include, notions of place, in terms of transformation, identity and memory and particularly the understanding of data. The rapid technological development needs design and designers who raise investigative and critical questions about technological and societal development, and who contribute to developing and proposing concrete solutions about what kind of an increasingly digital world we want to live in.

Digitisation has become an integrated part of our lives and society. Design in a post-industrial era is no longer only about the material form, but also about design in immaterial and cross-material contexts. We are witnessing a shift from traditional industrial design to a design space where computational interaction and product design are increasingly prevalent, and where products are created, produced, distributed and consumed in new ways – through new service layers and contexts, and via new interfaces – from the visual to the graphical to the tactile, from the functional to the playful and playable. Design is no longer a case of either/or, but of both/and – and to an increasing extent, we have to see the digital as a material on a par with physical materiality.

Other research

Peter’s research concerns reflect the multiple contexts of art and design as it has evolved through the twentieth century and into the twentieth first century. The research reflects a high level of relativism, contextualization and pragmatism. He has published on the nature of creativity/drawing/and the design process; the new practices emerging in sustainable design debates and how this relates to the education for design and its relationship to universities, cities, markets and business. He is interested in ideas of personal identity/how this contributes to place-making, artifact manufacture and the understanding of heritage, through the industrial and post-industrial ages. He is currently exploring digital processes through 3Dscanning and how this data can be transformed into new and exciting area’s pf practice. He also works outside the university in other sectors, schools, forums, councils and institutions.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

 Peter has completed many supervisions for MRes students, Post Graduate Design students and has completions for Phd's. 

Grants & contracts

Peter has completed research fellowships for CSF funded by HEfcand has been awarded funding from the excellence cluster for innovative work inschools and the connection to universities. Grants in Sustainability and Resiliencein Art and Design and has worked on many funding applications.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Roth N & Fletcher J 2018 'International Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (JWCP) Guest Editor Writing Pad with Nancy Roth and Jerome Fletcher. S/W 2011'
quinn davis P 2015 'NID Insight: India INSIGHT 2015, paper constitutes sharing of knowledge and perceptions on design research culture, methodology, framework, practice, collaboration and its dissemination' NID Insight: India INSIGHT 2015, paper constitutes sharing of knowledge and perceptions on design research culture, methodology, framework, practice, collaboration and its dissemination.
quinn davis P 2015 'The value of design research in practice and its relationship to the academy. 2015: ISBN 978-1-84387-393-8' EAD:  EAD: ParisEAD: Paris –Reviewer (conference proceedings) Two papers: Thevalue of design research in practice and its relationship to the academy. 2015 ISBN 978-1-84387-393-8, (ISBN 978-1-84387-393-8) Publisher Site
Davis P 2012 '5th International Journal of Design Principles and Practices,  (Why Design Matters) Quinn Davis  2012' 5th International Journal of Design Principles and Practices,  (Why Design Matters) Quinn Davis  2012
Books
Davis P 2011 Edited  and complied catologue 'Cabinet Changing Perceptions' ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9 2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9. 3000 Exeter UK ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9 2011: Buddy Creative 1 Author Site Publisher Site
davies J; duff L 2005 Drawing the Process. Intellect Limited
Conference Papers
quinn davis P 2018 'The Experience of Making New Continents' MAKE AIGA Conference Indianapolis USA 6-/-0/20186-/-0/2018
quinn davis P 2018 'Experiencing Porcelain as a Landscape' Transimage2018 Edrinburgh UK 4-/-0/20184-/-0/2018
quinn davis P & quinn davis P 2018 'An Interdisciplinary Symposium APPARITION THE (IM)MATERIALITY OF MODERN SURFACE ‘Reconstituting the Four Quarters: Porcelain Surfaces and Embodied Identities’' ‘Reconstituting the Four Quarters: Porcelain Surfaces and Embodied Identities’ DMU Liecester 3-/-0/20183-/-0/2018
peter QD 2018 'The Heart of Cities seen through the Making of Objects' CRITICAL PRACTICE IN AN AGE OF COMPLEXITY - AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CRITIQUE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Arizona USA 2-/-0/20183-/-0/2018AMPS PROCEEDINGS SERIES. ISSN 2398-9467
quinn davis P 2017 'Design Uncertain' Balance Unbalance 2017 Paper 8-/-0/20178-/-0/2017balance unbalance
Davis P 2016 'Designing Critical Messages DESIGNING CRITICAL MESSAGES: Design Knowledge Reserach: Designing Critical Messages Symposium February 16/17/18th 2015 with Plymouth University Design Knowledge Research is situated in the School of Architecture, Design d Environment at Plymouth University UK. DESIGNING CRITICAL MESSAGES: ENVELOPE: People/Spaces/Places/Experiences: This was an international call for papers, the conference begins from the premise that if there is a need for designers to realise that they have to propose something that inspires stakeholders to adopt designs as viable, desirable alternatives, how does this equate design processes/design thinking/materiality and research writing, in a demonstration of what could become real. This conference is interested in the suggestion that this is part of the skill set that designers better have or need to have now' Design Critical Messages University of Plymouth 2-/-0/20152-/-0/2015Plymouth Saltash Publishers
quinn davis P 2016 'Value to Inspire not Specify- Art education is no longer a space of difference but of academic equivalence' The Value of Research: The 11th International Conference of the European Academy of Design Paris: Paris Descartes University - Paris College of Art - Paris Sorbonne University - ISTEC PARIS 22-24 April 2015: Abstract submission 30th May Submit abstracts by email to: Julien.nelson@parisdescartes.fr The theme of the conference is the value of design research. Design today is increasingly being recognized as creating value – whether for cultural and collective intelligence, for embedding new technology into new behaviours, for fostering or acting as a force for change in societies and for companies confronted with complex problems. This value is based on design research within a large variety of settings and scientific backgrounds. Paris France May 2016 EAD ISBN 978-1-84387-393-8 Publisher Site
quinn davis P 2013 'The International Cumulus Conference Oslo 2013 'Expectation: Art and Design Change' paper and journal. May 2013' The International Cumulus Conference Oslo 2013 'Expectation: Art and Design Change' paper and journal. May 2013
Jones P, Davis P & Rowe A 2013 'Design & Craft (Crafting the Education of Design) conference track/call co-author and chair' Crafting the Future the 10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design Gothenburg University 4-/-0/20134-/-0/2013
Davis P 2012 'China and UK International conference on Up-cycling and Sustainability: Paper entitled Design Challenges: Guangzhou. China 2012 Sino-UK Higher Education Collaboration with the British Council: Book: Published by The Peoples Printing Plant. Guanyzhou China 2012' China and UK International conference on Up-cycling and Sustainability: Paper entitled Design Challenges: Guangzhou. China 2012 Sino-UK Higher Education Collaboration with the British Council: Book: Published by The Peoples Printing Plant. Guanyzhou China 2012.
Davis P 2011 'THE ENDLESS END The 9th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Porto, Portugal. Refereed Paper (Design Redefined and Focused on an Uncertain Future) Quinn Davis 2011' THE ENDLESS END The 9th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Porto, Portugal. Refereed Paper (Design Redefined and Focused on an Uncertain Future) Quinn Davis 2011 Porto: Portugal 4-/-0/20114-/-0/2011
Davis P 2011 '5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Rome (Why Design Matters) Quinn Davis Feb 2011' 5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Rome Rome 2-/-0/20112-/-0/2011
Quinn Davis P 2010 'All Our Futures: Design Matters: University of Plymouth' All Our Futures 2 (Design Matters) University of Plymouth 9-/-0/20099-/-0/2009
quinn davis P 2009 '‘Architecture and Property’ University of Edinburgh Press 2008' ‘Architecture and Property’ University of Edinburgh Press 2008 (published journal and paper) Edinburgh 2008 2-/-0/20082-/-0/2008
Davis P 'Changing Perceptions' 13 International Artists, Designers andArchitects. Published essay 'Changing Perception' 'Your local my local museum' Page 42:2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9' 'Changing Perception' 'Your local my local museum' Plymouth 4-/-0/20114-/-0/2011
Davis P 'Role of HEI in Cultural Capital ‘Activating HEI in the Creative Hearts of Cities’' Role of HEI in Cultural Capital ‘Activating HEI in the Creative Hearts of Cities’ University of Southampton (March 2010) 3-/-0/20103-/-0/2010
Quinn Davis P 'Design Microconference' Design Microconference
Davis P 'EAD European Academy of Design (Sweden) " Crafting Art and Design Education' Conference Organiser 2012' EAD European Academy of Design (Sweden) " Crafting Art and Design Education' Conference Organiser 2012
Exhibitions
44AD Digital Takover 2017 (Digital Tube). Bath. UK 44AD 17/10/2017one Publisher Site
Balance Unbalance. Atlantic Studios Plymouth UK 02/08/20161 Publisher Site
ENVELOPE: Valuing what deisgners value Catalogue and app can be found at E-publication and QR code phone app(Amazon) ISBN-10: 184102385XISBN-13: 978-1841023854. Peninsula Art Gallery Plymouth UK 14/02/201650
4AXIS CNC Stools for the Cookworthies. Milan Salon Furniture Fair 15/05/20154 Publisher Site
Design Latitudes: Alberta Canada. Alberta Canada 12/05/20151 Publisher Site
Dutch Design Week 2014. Endihoven Holland 14/10/20148 Publisher Site
'Cabinet Changing Perceptions' 13 International Artists, Designers and Architects. 2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9. Penisula Arts Plymouth UK 01/02/20113
Other Publications
quinn davis P 2018 Making together is key: A comparative analysis of co- creation in action. Herron School of Art + Design Indianapolis, USA 2018 AIGA DEC Conference: [MAKE]. Making together is key: A comparative analysis of co- creation in action. Herron School of Art + Design Indianapolis, USA 2018 AIGA DEC Conference: [MAKE] Publisher Site

Other academic activities

Audi Design Foundation 'Sustain our Nation' (national campaign 2009) Through 2009 and 2010 Peter has worked in partnership with South West Design Programme Teach-In 2012: 'Eco-literacy in DesignEducation' at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.October 2009. He has curated and organised a major project and exhibition with Plymouth City Museum and UOP School of Architecture and Design, detailing the responses of twelve architects and designers to the museum’s collections. He has won an International Design Award, competition in Guangzhou, China, award winner 2012. Shown work in Karst: International Exhibition Specular: Plymouth 2012 Dutch Design Week 2013-2014 International Design Exhibition (Trac-Arts Centre) Envelope major exhibition featuring 50 of the world’s bestdesigners, responding to the idea of Value. 2015: Pen Arts Plymouth. Showingwork in Milan and Dutch Design fairs -2014-15-16: Exhibition: Design Latitudes– Alberta, Canada 2016. Bath Digital Festival 2017-Atlanitic Studio's-2017. he continues to show regularly around the world.

Peter has won several awards for design, sustainability,research and curation in the UK and abroad.