Prof. Anthony Dunne
The former Head of Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art (RCA) London, Anthony Dunne joined the college in 1994, first as a senior research fellow in the CRD Research studio before becoming senior tutor for Design Products in 1998.
In 2005, Dunne was appointed Professor of Design Interactions where he worked at the forefront of design’s engagement with new branches of science, paying particular focus to the studies of bio and nano technology. He left the RCA in 2015 and is now a partner at Dunne & Raby.
Whilst at the RCA Dunne constantly challenged his students to do much more than imagine potential realization that might have profitable results or render laboratory experiments legible to the layman.
Through his teaching, he has sought from his students a form of critical thought, which asks the scientific community and society at large to reflect on our common future. Believing strongly that design does not mean the fabrications of ‘solutions’ but rather lies in the imagining of new scenarios for life, Dunne encouraged students to look at the impact the most advanced technologies have on the daily lives of nations.
This is demonstrated by the types of projects Dunne’s students engage in as part of the course. For example, in the Spring of 2008 Dunne’s students made a significant contribution to New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition, responsible for some of the most discussed concepts in the show.
Design Interactions, RCA