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Brendan Nobbs


  • Brendan Nobbs
  • Area

    IT, Library & Technical Services


    Technical Services Manager

  • Brendan Nobbs leads the planning and development of technical facilities in Ceramics & Glass, Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery & Metal, Rapidform (Rapid Prototyping Centre), and Research at the Royal College of Art, providing technical support services to students, alumni, staff and external clients, ensuring staff expertise meets learning, research and commercial needs. Additionally his responsibilities include the College shop facilities and services.

  • Biography

  • Since joining the Royal College of Art in 2014, Brendan has worked across the majority of the 3D making areas, from the Darwin workshops to digital print, helping to shape the development of the digital making resources at the College, including CNC and laser provision. He has contributed to the submission to the HEFCE Research Partnership Investment Fund for the Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) and managed the tender process for the College’s laser printing services and MFD fleet. 

    Brendan has a wide experience of project management and a track record of delivering projects on time and within budget. He holds an ITIL® Foundation qualification in IT Service Management, in addition to safety and management qualifications from IOSH and ILM. 

    Before taking up his post at the RCA in 2014 Brendan worked as the Technical Services Manager for the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Kingston University, responsible for the strategic planning, management and provision of high quality, professional and fully integrated technical services, supporting teaching, research and enterprise, with overall budgetary control of all technical resources, and annual capital expenditure.

    In the distant past Brendan lectured in music technology and sound recording on degree and diploma courses, specialising in digital audio, sound design and electronic music. He still retains a keen interest in all forms of sound and music, in particular film soundtracks and the synthesizer works of Klaus Schulze among others.

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