Tony has been at Middlesex since 1991, first as a postgraduate student in CASCAAD, and since 1994 as a tutor and subject leader for interior and spatial design programmes, and currently teaches on the MA Interiors (Architecture & Design) course, and is the Admissions & Exchange Coordinator for the Interior Architecture & Design Directorate.
After completing his Diploma in Architecture at Thames Polytechnic in 1976 and working in public practice, Tony undertook further study at Surrey University in the then relatively new field of architectural psychology, a subject that had been the topic of his Diploma dissertation. He completed an MSc in Environmental Psychology in 1978 and continued to work as a Research Fellow on a government funded research project investigating the psychological implications and the spatial and organisational consequences of introducing new computing technologies in office environments.
Subsequently, Tony spent a number of years working for architectural and CAD software developers, as well as commercial users, in a variety of technical, user and international support and consultancy roles in the UK, Europe, and the Middle and Far East. Seeking a more creative challenge, Tony completed an MA in Computer Integrated Publishing at Middlesex University in 1992. Tony has since remained in education as an academic, initially focussing on the uses and application of computing methods in the design process, first at the Royal College of Art, and since 1994 at Middlesex where he continues to teach.
Previously Tony has been Curriculum Leader for 3D Design and until 2013 was Director of Programmes for Interior Architecture & Design. He has also been Programme Leader for the BA Interior Architecture & Design, BA Design, Interior & Applied Arts and BA Interior Design programmes, for the MA Interior Architecture and the innovative MA Digital Architecture programmes. At various times he has been a Department Learning & Teaching Academic, a Department Business Development Leader and a School Representative on the IT Strategy Group.
1976 Diploma in Architecture (RIBA Part 2 exempt) : Thames Polytechnic (later University of Greenwich)
1977 MSc in Environmental Psychology : University of Surrey
1993 MA in Computer-Integrated Publishing : Middlesex University
Learning & Teaching Interests
The conceptual foundations of design processes and development and for its critical evaluation
Design thinking and practice as a metaphor for innovation and enterprise
The multi-modal representation and communication of design ideas, processes and outcomes across diverse media
The extent, scope and limits of 'the interior' as a stage for experiential and situated action
Exploring and articulating the phenomenological experiences of 'the interior' as a design methodology
Research Outputs & Interests
The phenomenology of 'place' and the roles of situated action, acculturation and cognition in its psycho/socio-cultural construction, contextualisation and mediation.
How the emergent and evolving digital technologies of design, media and communications frame, constrain, inform and channel the changing professional processes, practice and products of spatial and 3D design.
In the context of communal situated learning, how narratological modes of discourse and enquiry can facilitate and underpin critical and reflective design practice.
The integrated and complementary use of writing, drawing, imaging, modelling and making as both modes of enquiry and tools of empirical analysis in the conceptual, propositional and representational development of design context and outcomes.
The potential of online digital media and communications technologies to challenge and disrupt the traditional studio-based, face-to-face paradigm for the design, practice and delivery of teaching, learning and assessment in creative disciplines.