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Roger Coleman

Professor, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art : UK

Inclusive Design / Ideal / Education

Roger Coleman is Professor of Inclusive Design and Co-director of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre at the Royal College of Art, London. Established in 1999, the Research Centre explores the design implications of key social issues. The Centre builds on the DesignAge programme, which he directed from its launch in 1991.

In 2001 he authored a UK Design Council Policy Paper ‘Living Longer: the new context for design’, making recommendations to government and industry on design responses to population ageing. In 2003 he co-led a team from the RCA and the Universities of Cambridge and Surry in a study commissioned by the UK Department of Health into how the effective use of design can reduce medical accidents. He played a leading role in drafting BS7000-6 (2005) on inclusive design management, and advises major companies on the implementation of inclusive design at a practical and strategic level.

Awards: 1995 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education; 2000 Ron Mace Universal Design Award; 2001; Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education; 2005, President’s Medal of the Ergonomics Society.

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