Prof. Norman McNally
Joining the Glasgow School of Art in 1986, Norman McNally was a major force in the development of design and its education at the college.
Under his leadership, the university’s course in Product Design became recognised both nationally and across Europe as the cutting edge design programme. Specialising in conceptual and professional product design, the course has seen numerous students win major national and international design Awards and design concept development partnerships with companies such as Nokia, Buro, Happold, VW and Phillips.
Alongside these achievements, in 1989 McNally established the joint B Eng/M Eng course in Product Design Engineering, later recognised as an exemplar in Design Education.
In 1995, McNally began the development of a new educational model, the Masters of European Design Degree, in partnership with five other institutions in Europe, which he headed for a number of years. He was also responsible for the joint Centro Portugues de Design/Glasgow School of Art postgraduate study in Industrial Design – the only postgraduate course in Industrial Design in Portugal.
In his own right, McNally is a highly regarded designer, who having formed a partnership with Colin McCadden in 1978, has worked with many commercial clients in Ireland and Scotland.
A chair and contributor to international Design conferences in many countries he has been a member of the Royal Society of Arts Design Advisory Committee and represented the Scottish Office on the Design Council Education & Design Advisory Committee.