Iain Aitchison

Programme Director
PhD (in progress) MA Design; BA (Hons) Design

Iain Aitchison is helping to collaboratively lead the development of The Innovation School’s research and teaching culture, as well as foster local and global strategic partnerships and research outcomes. Previously Director at London-based product strategy consultancy Plan, over the last 10 years Iain has consulted to global clients including Bacardi, British Gas, Lenovo, Mars, Samsung, Unilever, Wrigley’s and Yamaha; leading global design innovation projects in over 15 countries around the world, and developing long-term internal education programmes to enhance the design and innovation capabilities of teams.

Alongside his new role, he continues to advise businesses on the strategic integration of design capability and help teams develop their capabilities through training and mentoring programmes. He is also working part-time towards a PhD, entitled, ‘People, Practice and Products of Curriculum Design in post-graduate design education’.

Iain has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art since 2006, and is a Board Member of the Design Management Institute, USA and Creative Scotland, the national body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries. He chairs, writes and speaks at conferences and universities internationally on the subjects of design management and education, and is external examiner for the MA Industrial Design programme at Central Saint Martins, London.

i.aitchison@gsa.ac.uk

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Iain Aitchison