Chris is a British design engineer and researcher interested in applying design thinking to find simple solutions to complex humanitarian problems.

He is the founder of Blastproof, a R&D startup focused on scalable technologies for humanitarian landmine removal. He also works with the HELIX Centre - a healthcare focused design studio embedded in a London Hospital and previously worked with Loowatt Ltd - a sanitation startup backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He believes in a human centred approaches to design and has spoken about his work on the BBC World Service as well as structured workshops on innovation, most recently in Kenya with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Chris holds qualifications in Design and Engineering from the Royal College of Art, Imperial College London and Brunel University. In 2015 he was selected by the British Design Council as one of 70 young designers who they believe represent the future of British design, His work has also been featured in Wired, New Scientist and exhibited with :INDEX during there 2007 world tour.


Education

2015 - 2015 | Singularity University - Graduate Studies Program (10 Week Program)

2010 - 2013 | Royal College of Art / Imperial College London - MA / MSc Innovation Design Engineering - Merit

2011 - 2012 | Design London / Imperial College London - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Fellowship

2011 - 2011 | Yonsei University / Index Design to Improve Life Summer School - Diploma (4 Week Program)

2004 - 2008 | Brunel University - BA Industrial Design and Technology, - 1st Class (Hons)

2006 - 2007 | San Francisco State University (Bilateral Exchange Year)


Selected Awards / Recognition

2015 | One to Watch - Design Council

2014 | Core77 Award - Interiors & Exhibitions Winner | Strategy & Research Notable | Blastproof

2013 | SustainRCA - Inspired Products Award | Blastproof

2013 | Design Innovation in plastics Award - Design for Disaster Relief | First Prize - Sting

2012 | RCA Dissertation | Designing for development to improve quality of life |
Distinction

2011 | Design London - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design Fellowship

2011 | RSA Student Design Awards - Double Duty Devices | Highly Commended + Most Memorable Student Designer Award - Sting

2010 | Northern Futures | Winners in the 3D Design Category

2009 | INDEX - Design to Improve Life | Community Category Finalist - Universal Generator

2009 |The Lighting Association Awards | Second Place + Philips Award - Stimuli 3.0

2008 | Noise Feastival | Tom Dixons Curators Choice - Universal Generator


Selected Exhibitions

2013 | Sustain Show - Royal College of Art, London

2013 | Museum of Design in Plastics, Bournemouth

2013 | RCA Graduate Show - Royal College of Art, London

2011 | Man Group Drawing Prize Exhibition - Royal College of Art, London

2010 | The Lottory Of Birth - (Charity Exhibition / Auction) - London School of Economics

2009 | Feel the Planet Earth - Cifial Design Award Exhbition - Portugal

2009 | Inovation Labs - Next 06 - Get Lost - Aarhus


Selected Talks / Workshops

2015 | Creative Mornings, UDD, Chile (Talk)

2015 | Institute of Medicine, Sustainable Mental Health Care Workshop, Nairobi (Talk / Workshop)

2013 | Bayer MaterialScience, Germany (Talk)

2013 | Pecha Kucha - Made in Brunel - Oxo Tower Wharf, London (Talk)

 

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