RCA appoints Paul Anderson as dean of design school

The designer previously created the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio, and ran it until July 2016.

© Royal College of Art, photo by Richard Haughton
© Royal College of Art, photo by Richard Haughton

Professor Paul Anderson has been appointed as dean of the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) School of Design.

Anderson’s association with the university dates back to the 1980s, when he received an MA in industrial design from there in 1986, before working for various design consultancies in London and setting up his own practice.

Paul Anderson, courtesy of RCA

Glasgow School of Art

He went on to join the Glasgow School of Art in 1993, and headed up the school’s Digital Design Studio – which focuses on postgraduate design research – from its creation in 1997 until July 2016.

Anderson’s academic research has largely focused on human computer interface issues associated with three-dimensional interfaces, haptics and gesture-based interaction supporting real-time three-dimensional visualisation.

He succeeds Professor Dale Harrow, who has been appointed director of the RCA’s new Intelligent Mobility Design Centre and inaugural chair of Intelligent Mobility.


Anderson says: “I find the College’s appetite to embrace the STEM to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) agenda very exciting indeed, and I look forward to forging new connections with RCA colleagues and with the wider RCA community.”

“The way that we approach design has changed dramatically over the last two decades. We no longer limit the discipline to purely object-orientated activities.

“System, experience, and service offering are now an integral part of the discipline, and the RCA is in prime position to continue to deliver world-leading design teaching and research.”

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