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Dr. Christian McLening

Dean – Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

PhD, MA, BA, PGCE (HE), FHEA, MIED, CTPD

Biography

An academic based at Arts University Bournemouth with a research interest in product design and design methodology, specialising in sustainable materials and design education.

Design practice in the automotive, product and architectural design disciplines.

Academic development and delivery of innovative new design programmes embracing a practice based student lead curriculum.

Experience of; QAA, professional programme accreditation and external examining.

Professional practice

A Chartered Technological Product Designer CTPD involved with the wider design community through the Institution of Engineering Designers IED professional review accreditation panels and design conferences.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Technological Product Designer CTPD (2015)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering Designers MIED (2003)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy HEA (2001)

Research Specialism

Research interest in product design and design methodology, specialising in sustainable materials and design education.

PhD Thesis: Product Design: process and personality. Brunel University (2011)

Publications:

Mclening, C. Warrignton, P.(2016) Collective Design: Merging Industry and educational methods for multidisciplinary student design projects, International conference on engineering and product design education 2016, University of Aalborg, Denmark. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers

Mclening, C. Burgess, J.(2014) Eco-car: A Perfect Vehicle for Technical Design Teaching, International conference on engineering and product design education 2014, University of Twente, Enschede, Holland. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers

Mclening. C. and Buck, L (2012) Practice based learning approaches in collaborative design and engineering education: A case study investigation into the benefits of a crossdiciplinary practice based learning strategy. International conference on engineering and product design education 2012, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers

Mclening, C. and Owen, J (2011) Practice based learning for automotive engineering students. International conference on engineering and product design education 2011, City University. London, United Kingdom. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers. (Winner of the Best Conference Poster award)

Mclening, C. and Buck, L (2010) The effect of personality on the design team; lessons from industry for design education. International conference on engineering and product design education 2010. Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Trondheim. Norway. Published by Design Society & The Institution of Engineering Designers

Mclening, C. and Buck, L (2008) An investigation into the sustainable approaches of the Arup associates Product design group. Sustainable Innovation 08. Future products, technologies and industries. Towards sustainable product design: 13th International conference. Malmo, Sweden. Published by The Centre of Sustainable Design

Mclening, C. (2005) Developing a new SPDS: Sustainable Product Design Specification tool. Sustainable Innovation 05. Towards sustainable Product Design 10. Global ‘state of the art’ sustainable product/services development and design. 10th International conference. Farnham. Untied Kingdom. Published by The Centre of Sustainable Design

Research Supervision

2017- PhD supervisor. David Lund. Thesis: Plastics and the Development of the Architectural Model, 1920-2021. Arts University Bournemouth.

2013-2017 PhD Lead supervisor. Dr Jonathan Burgess. Thesis: The Development of a Bio-Material for the Design and Manufacture of a Sustainable Product. Aston University.

Please contact me regarding potential PhD research projects.

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