Mr Peter Davis

Mr Peter Davis

Lecturer in Design Culture

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


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. Within the school he is interested in the development of Academic Excellence, including Co-curriculum & Sustainable Growth, Reputation Building, including collaboration and promotion of knowledge transfer, he works between academia and stake holders in the creative industries and the public services. He is interetsed in educating artists and designers that are ready for the complexities of the modern world. Peter is an advocate of employability enhancing opportunities for collaborations with external organisations, that help students in the workplace and internationalisation.

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.


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.

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.

Research groups

  • Arts Research Collective
  • Design Knowledge

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.