School of Arts & Creative Industries
Ian has worked in design education for over 20 years, while concurrently working as a designer. He has taught at Edinburgh Napier University since 2001 and is the subject group leader for Art, Design & Communication, and Director of the Centre for Design Practice & Research. He is also the programme leader for the MA/MDes Design and teaches on the BDes (Hons) Product Design.
He has recently completed a project with Edinburgh-based designer Paul Kerlaff, funded by the SFC Innovation Voucher scheme, exploring the use of exhausted whisky barrel staves for marketing materials. He is also working on furniture design projects for retail and sustainability, and has exhibited work at London Design Week (2005 and 2006), the Lighthouse in Glasgow (2006) and the Six Cities Design Festival, Scotland (2007). In addition to his current practice, he is interested in knowledge transfer and consultancy projects for design, sustainability and design education. Examples of his work can be viewed at http://www.ianlambertdesign.com.
Ian has developed international partnerships in Europe, China, North America and Australia. He teaches regularly in China and is an external examiner at the Domus Academy in Milan, and at Accademia Italiana at their Florence and Bangkok Campuses.
Ian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Teaching Fellow within the University, and has published several papers on design pedagogy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.