BA(Hons), MA, MBA
BiographyMy Bachelors degree is in Fine Art from Leeds University. Here I gained a field scholarship to New York in my final year, to study the development of figurative painting into abstraction in the work of Arshile Gorky. This focus on the transition from figurative to abstraction was explored in my practice and final show. The point of abstraction and intuition remains central to my research today along with the relationship of theory to practice.
Research InterestsA summary of the main elements or themes within my research
My research interests explores the pedagogical implications of the paradigm shift that HE Design Education is currently experiencing - moving from Teaching and Learning to the ‘Business’ of Design Knowledge.
This builds on earlier works from a 10 year span, exploring a triangulation of themes: strategic renewal and change by design (DMI conference Boston 2002 and D2B Shanghai 2006) craftsmanship, skills acquisition and pedagogical approaches (NCECA 2000 Denver, NCECA 2003 San Diego)
I use a design management perspective based on a design craft practice background and an academic role that seeks to develop an optimal, germane, contemporary postgraduate learning framework in the context of knowledge based learning and viable resources.
This design management approach integrates design thinking and commercial and social innovation practice.
Key PublicationsA list of recent or key publications that best represent my current research interests
Young, R. , E.MacLarty, and K.McKelvey (2009) The Design Postgraduate Journeyman. Mapping the relationship between Design Thinking and Doing with Skills Acquisition for Skilful Practice. International Association of Societies of Design Research.Oct 18-22 2009 COEX Seoul, Korea
English S. and E. MacLarty (2010) The Three Headed Monster of Higher Education. CLTD 5th Annual Conference ‘Challenging the Curriculum’ 12-13 April 2010 Tiergarten Berlin
Yee, J. and E.MacLarty (2010) Enabling a Community of Practice: Fostering social learning between Designers and Design Managers at Postgraduate Level. CLTD 5th Annual Conference ‘Challenging the Curriculum’ 12-13 April 2010 Tiergarten Berlin