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Professor Jeremy Myerson


  • Jeremy Myerson
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    The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design


    Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

  • Jeremy Myerson is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage 'design that improves quality of life'. An academic, author and activist in design for nearly 40 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999 and was its Director for 16 years until October 2015. His research interests focus on the role of design and designers in complex systems such as the workplace, healthcare and city planning. 

    A graduate of the College, Jeremy Myerson is the author of many books, chapters, papers and articles on inclusive design and design thinking. He is also Director of the WORKTECH Academy and an Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing. He sits on the advisory boards of design schools in Hong Kong, Switzerland, Korea and the UK. In 2016, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the RCA for his work in design research. 

  • Biography

  • Jeremy Myerson began his professional life as a journalist on various titles, including The Stage newspaper, before going on to edit Design (published by the Design Council), Creative Review, V&A Magazine and World Architecture.

    From 1986-89, he was founding editor of Design Week, the world's first weekly news magazine for designers and their clients.  In 1999, following a decade running his own research and editorial consultancy, he set up the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design with Roger Coleman – and he subsequently played a lead role at the RCA in establishing the InnovationRCA incubator for new business start-ups and the Design London joint venture with Imperial College London, uniting design, engineering and business. 

    Jeremy Myerson is the author of 18 books and has curated many national design exhibitions including New Old: Designing for our Future Selves and Doing A Dyson at The Design Museum and Rewind: 40 years for Design and Advertising at the Victoria & Albert Museum. His research explores the areas of inclusive design, workplace design and healthcare design in an interdisciplinary way. He was Principal Investigator on the DOME (Designing Out Medical Error) project in partnership with Imperial College London, and on the i~design3 study in partnership with the Engineering Design Centre at Cambridge University looking at ways to help designers work more closely with users. Both projects were funded by the EPSRC. 

    In January 2012 he joined the AHRC-funded knowledge exchange hub, The Creative Exchange, as Co-Investigator in partnership with Lancaster and Newcastle Universities. In autumn 2013 he played a lead role in setting up the new HELIX (Healthcare Innovation Exchange) Centre, Europe’s first design-led innovation centre inside a working hospital, as a joint venture between RCA and Imperial College. Today, he holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the RCA and directs WORKTECH Academy.   

    Jeremy Myerson holds arts degrees from the University of Hull and the Royal College of Art.

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  • External collaborations

  • Current Member:

    • Learning Committee, The Design Museum

    • International Advisory Board, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    • International Advisory Board, Loughborough School of Design, UK

    • Advisory Board, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy, UCL Institute of Education

    • Industrial Design Advisory Board, KAIST, Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, South Korea

    • London Design Biennale Advisory Board

    • London Design Festival Advisory Board

    • Leadership Board, WORKTECH Academy
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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Books

    Myerson, J. ed. (2017) ‘New Old: Designing for our Future Selves’, The Design  Museum, UK 

    Myerson, J. & Privett, I. (2014) ‘Life of Work: What office design can learn from the world around us', Black Dog Publishing, UK  

    Myerson, J. & Gee, E. (2013) Eds. 'Time & Motion': Redefining Working Life' , Liverpool University Press, UK

    Myerson, J., Bichard, J. & Erlich, A. (2010) 'New Demographics, New Workspace: Office Design for the Changing Workforce', Gower, UK

    Myerson, J. (2008) 'Gordon Russell: Designer of Furniture 1892-1992', Gordon Russell Trust, UK (second edition)

    Myerson, J. & Ross, P. (2006) Space To Work: New office design, Laurence King, London

    Myerson, J. & Ross, P. (2003) The 21st Century Office Laurence King, London

    Myerson, J. & Vickers, G. (2002) Rewind: 40 years of design and advertising Phaidon, London

    Myerson, J. (2001) IDEO: Masters of Innovation Laurence King, London. Co-editions: Teneues Publishing Co (US and Canada), Teneues Verlag (Germany)

    Myerson, J. (2000) Making The Lowry, The Lowry Press, Salford

    Myerson, J. & Ross, P. (1999) The Creative Office, Laurence King, London. Co-editions: Gingko Press (USA), Doubleday (US book club edition)

    Myerson, J. & Turner, G. (1998) New Workspace New Culture: Office design as a catalyst for change, Gower, Aldershot UK & Vermont USA

    Myerson, J. (1996) New Public Architecture, Laurence King, London

    Myerson, J. (1996) Beware Wet Paint: Designs by Alan Fletcher, Phaidon Press, London

    Book Chapters

    Myerson, J. (2018) 'The Future' in Age-friendly Housing: Future Design for Older People, Porteus, J. & Park, J. RIBA Publishing, UK

    Myerson, J. (2017) 'The Legacy' in Beyond Parnham ed. John Makepeace, self-published, UK     

    Myerson, J. (2017) 'Change Makers: Rethinking the productive workplace through an art and design lens' in Creating the Productive Workplace (3rd Edition), ed. Clements-Croome D, Taylor & Francis, UK  

    Myerson, J. & Ramster, G. (2016) 'Workplace health and wellbeing: can greater design participation provide a cure?' in Design for Healthcare (Design for Social Responsibility series) ed. Cooper, R. & Tsekleves, E. Gower UK (forthcoming)

    Myerson, J. (2014) 'The Aviary and Investiture' in Snowdon: A Life in View, Rizzoli, New York, USA 

    Myerson, J. (2013) 'Design for the Fourth Age' in Improving Later Life: Understanding the Oldest Old ed. Davidson S, Goodwin J & Rossall P, Age UK

    Myerson J. (2013) 'Workplace and Wellbeing' in Wellbeing and the Environment. Ed. Cooper, R. & Burton, E. Wiley-Blackwell 

    Myerson J. (2013) 'The Evolution of Workspace Design: from the Machine to the Network' in The Handbook of Interior Design. Ed. Brooker, G. & Weinthal, L. Berg 

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Workspace redesign to support the 'front end' of innovation', in Managing Organizational Ecologies: Space, Management and Organizations, Ed  Price, I. &  Alexander K. Routledge

    Myerson, J. (2011) ' The Arrival', chapter in How To Run a Successful Design Business Shan Preddy (ed), Gower

    Myerson, J., & Lee, Y. (2010) 'Inclusive Design Research Initiatives at the Royal College of Art' Chapter in Universal Design Handbook (2nd Edition),McGraw-Hill Professional, USA

    Myerson, J. & Bichard, J. (2009) 'Welcoming Workplace: Rapid Design Intervention to Determine the Office Environment Needs of Older Knowledge Workers' in Design for the 21st Century Volume 2: Interdisciplinary Methods and Findings. Ed. T. Inns, Gower, UK

    Myerson, J. & Warner, P. (2009), 'Futures' in David Littlefield (ed) Good Office Design, RIBA Publishing

    Myerson, J. (2009) 'The Future of Innovation is People Centred' in The Future of Innovation by Stamm B and Trifilova A (eds), Gower

    Myerson, J. (2008) Introduction to 'Yes Logo: 40 years of Michael Peters Branding, Design and Communications', Black Dog Publishing, UK

    Myerson, J. (2007) 'A growing movement' in Coleman R, Clarkson J, Cassim J & Dong H. (eds.) Design for Inclusivity Gower, Hants UK

    Peer-reviewed Journals 

    Gheerawo, R. and Myerson, J. (2018) ‘Design thinking as a process for people-centered innovation in the financial sector’ in The Capco Journal of Financial Transformation, No 48 Nov 2018

    Myerson, J. and Sandbiller, K. (2018) ‘Hybrid Space Making: rethinking the bank branch experience for the digital age’ in Corporate Real Estate Journal, Volume 7 No  3 Spring 2018, Henry Stewart Publications 266(11) 

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘Scaling Down—Why Designers Need to Reverse Their Thinking’, She Ji: The Journal of  Design, Economics and Innovation, Elsevier 

    Gaudion, K., A. Hall, J. Myerson, and L. Pellicano (2015) 'A designer's approach how can autistic adults with learning disabilities be involved in the design process?' CoDesign

    Gaudion, K., A. Hall, J. Myerson, and L. Pellicano (2014) 'Design and Wellbeing: Bridging the Empathy Gap Between Neurotypical Designers and People with Autism.'  in Design for Sustainable Well-Being and Empowerment: Select Papers. Indian Institute of Science and TU Delft Joint Publication

    Atkin, R., Buckle, P., Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Street Works and Vision Impairment: Improving signing and guarding’ in Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, November

    West, J., Davey, G., Norris, B., Myerson, J., Anderson, O. & Brodie, A. (2014) ‘Designing out Medical Error: An interdisciplinary approach to the design of healthcare equipment’ The Design Journal, 17 (2), pp.238-266

    Crumbleholme, L., Greene, C. & Myerson, J. (2014) Sustainable Cultures: Engaging employees in creating more sustainable workplaces and workstyles',  Facilities Vol. 32 Iss: 7/8, pp.438 – 454

    Greene, C., Myerson, J. (2011) 'Space for thought: designing for knowledge workers', Facilities, Vol. 29 Iss: 1/2, pp19 - 30

    Conference Proceedings

    Myerson, J., West, J. (2015). 'Make It Better: how universal design principles can have an impact on healthcare services to improve the patient experience'. Universal Design in Education, Dublin, Ireland, 12-13 November 2015

    Greene, C., Myerson J & Puybaraud, M. (2012) 'Sustainable for all: Pragmatists, Libertarians, Housekeepers and Campaigners are making the workplace greener', Proceedings of the 11th EuroFM Research Symposium, eds. Junghans, A & Jensen, PA, Copenhagen, Denmark   

    Myerson J. & Lee, Y. (2011) 'Designing with the people, for the people and by the people', Design Activism and Social Change Conference, Barcelona. Ed. Julier, G

    Myerson, J. (2008) 'Power of the Network: transitions in working life from Taylorist time and motion to networked space', Networks of Design 2008 Annual International Design History Conference, University College Falmouth, UK. Published in online book

    Myerson, J. & Gheerawo, R. (2006) 'Living Independently - Inspirational Kitchen and Bathroom Design for Older People', 2nd Conference of International Association for Universal Design (IAUD), Kyoto, Japan. Published in proceedings

    Myerson, J. (2006) 'Creative Discovery: What design schools can bring to innovation', DesignEd Asia 2006, Hong Kong. Published in proceedings

    Myerson, J. (2006) 'Using Inclusive Design to Sharpen the Competitive Edge of Innovation', 4th Annual PDMA Conference, Managing the Front End of Innovation, Boston, USA. Published in PDMA Journal

    Myerson, J. & Gheerawo R. (2004) 'Inclusive Design in Practice: Working with industry', Designing for the 21st Century III, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Published in proceedings

    Keynote and Invited Presentations (selected)

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘Researching the future of work: what we know today and what we still need to learn’, Herman Miller, London  

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘Why design matters to ageing well’, EU Active Ageing Forum 2018, Bilbao

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘Scaling Down: Designing for Diversity, Engineering and Product Design Education conference, Imperial College London         

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘The Future of Smart: How smart precincts will shape our cities and buildings’ Smart Buildings 18 conference, London

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘Foresight: exploring the potential of design and designers to enhance later life’, Housing Learning & Innovation Network conference, The Oval, London

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘All Together Now: designing for a more diverse workforce’, WORKTECH Tokyo 18, Kokuyo, Japan

    Myerson, J. (2018)‘Why do we abandon great designwhen it is for the elderly’? Tedx Whitehall, Royal Society, London

    Myerson, J. (2018) ‘New Old: design for our future selves?’ Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘Intermix: a new concept for the smart precinct of the future’, WORKTECH Hong Kong 17, China

    Myerson, J. (2017): ‘This changes everything. Design responses to digital disruption’, WORKTECH Toronto 17, Canada

    Myerson, J. (2017) The key design challenges for an ageing society’, Mature Marketing Summit 2017, London

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘Design Thinking, a framework for innovation’, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Academy Assembly 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania    

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘The Hybrid Bank Branch Network of the Future’, WorkTech Berlin conference, Germany 

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘Understanding the Changing Landscape of Work’, INNO Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel

    Myerson, J. (2017) ‘Social Challenge: Design Dividend’, RSA public lecture, London  

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Create-Build-Shift: Changing the Landscape of Work’, WorkTech Toronto conference, Canada

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Only Human: The Principles of People-Centred Design’, The Age of No Retirement Festival, London  

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Utopias of the Workplace’, London Design Biennale public lecture programme  

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Healthcare and Wellbeing’, Make:Shift conference, Crafts Council, Manchester  

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘The Future of Work’, Business of Design Week, Hong Kong Design Centre with City of Chicago, Hong Kong 

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Catalysing innovation for all: an introduction to design thinking’, Creative Exchange, International Festival of Business, Liverpool 

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Health, Ageing and Cities: exploring the key challenges’, British Land Canada Water seminar, London    

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Through a design lens: exploring eight key challenges of ageing’, Oxford institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford

    Myerson, J. & Tidd, P. (2016) ‘Workplace wellbeing: can greater design participation provide a cure?’, WORKTECH Conference, Berlin

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Health, Ageing and Cities: exploring the key challenges’, British Land Canada Water seminar, London    

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Cities and Health: seeing the bigger design picture’, Shaping Healthy Cities Forum, Knowledge of Design Week, Hong Kong  

    Myerson, J. (2016) ‘Designing healthier cities: opportunity through change’, CEO Forum, Knowledge of Design Week, Hong Kong   

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘Make It Better: how universal design can have an impact on healthcare’, Universal Design in Education Conference, Dublin

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘Why Inclusive Design in the Future of European Design’, CzechDesign guest lecture, Prague, Czech Republic      

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘Scaling down: why designers should reverse their thinking’, Emerging Practices Conference 2015, Tongji University, Shanghai, China  Myerson, J. (2015) ‘Home Comforts: Housing, neighbourhoods and an ageing society’, Ageing in Place seminar, University of Oxford

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘Silver Economy or Silver Mirage? Key challenges for design thinkers’, The Future of Design Thinking conference, Paris Est D School, France

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘The Design Legacy of Robin and Lucienne Day’, Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, Royal College of Art, London

    Myerson, J. (2015) ‘In The Shade: lighting local urban communities’, City After Dark conference, Jerusalem

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Life of Work: what office design can learn from the world around us’, Work tech conferences Buenos Aires and Santiago, South America

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Stigma and the ageing society’, Design for Hope symposium, London, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Technical University of Delft, Holland

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Designing Tomorrow’s Networked Workplaces’, LIFT France conference, Marseilles, France

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Make it better: how inclusive design can make an impact in healthcare’Medicine + Design conference, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Passive – Active: How Consumers became Co-Creators', Creative Citizens conference, RCA, London   

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Older and Smarter: key design challenges for an ageing society’, Mature Marketing Summit 2014, London 

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Designing workspaces for people and change’, International Space Seminar organised by School of Facilities Management, University of Hanze, Groningen, The Netherlands

    Myerson, J. (2014) ‘Beyond Time and Motion: Work Environments for the 21st century’, Kinnarps seminar, London 

    Myerson, J. (2013) ‘Thinking Space’ at Work Tech Helsinki conference, Helsinki, Finland   

    Myerson, J. (2013) 'Design and Behaviour Change', Workshop on Influencing Behavioural Outcomes, Arup, London

    Myerson, J. (2013) 'How Design Thinking Can Support and Influence Innovation in Healthcare', The King's Fund conference, Harnessing Innovation in the NHS, Royal College of Medicine, London

    Myerson, J. (2013) 'Design and Patient Safety', CPSSQ (Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality) Annual Symposium 2013, Imperial College London

    Myerson, J. (2013) ' Designing with people: fixing the system or transforming it?', Knowledge of Design Week, Hong Kong Design Centre, Hong Kong

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Design for Our Future Selves', London 2012 Global Business Summit, Lancaster House, London 

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Design Research from the RCA', University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'The problem comes first: exploring social challenge through design', National University of Rosario, Argentina

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Design to improve wellbeing and quality of life', INTI (National Institute of Industrial Technology), Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Light and space: new directions in office design', Fagerhult, London 

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'New ways  of working: the office redefined', Kinnarps Benelux, Brussels, Belgium

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Ageing and the Environment', Ageing Research Day, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Programmable Space: design strategies to re-tune the office environment', WorkTech Holland, Zeist, The Netherlands

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Living Environments for Adults with Autism', A Spectrum of Needs Symposium, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'The Office', 20th Century Year Course, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 

    Myerson, J. (2012), 'Lessons from the Lab: new design research for work and city', Workplace Consultants organisation, Walter Knoll, London 

    Myerson, J. (2012, 'Design research for London: dispatches from the frontline of the 21st century city', ARLIS (Art Librarians Society) Annual Conference, London  

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'Exploring the future of office design', Kembo innovation presentation, Arnhem, The Netherlands

    Myerson, J. (2012) 'From the machine to the network: evolutions in office design', New Ways of Working conference, Aalto University/Tekes, Finnish Ministry of Technology, Helsinki

    Myerson, J. (2012) Designing with People at the front end of innovation', Front End of Innovation Conference, Zurich

    Myerson J. & Puybaraud, M. (2011) 'Sustainable cultures', WorkTech Utrecht conference, Holland

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'The Problem Comes First: designers as researchers in a complex world', RSA Adding Value: Creativity Applied conference, Edinburgh

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'Inclusive Approaches to Designing Healthcare', The King's Fund Annual Conference 2011, Royal College of Physicians, London 

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'Living Stages: what can office environments learn form theatre design?', WorkTech Masterclass, British Library, London 

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'All together now: designing with people, not for people', Ardagh Group Fresh Thinking Day, Paris

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'Space to Engage: from the Machine to the Network', Bene masterclass, Brussels

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'Designing with people at the front end of innovation', Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

    Myerson, J. (2011) 'Space to Engage', Sheffield Business School annual Conference

    Myerson, J. (2010) New Demographics New Workspace' keynote presentation at WorkTech Amsterdam Conference

    Myerson, J. (2010) 'Ageing and medicine: quantity versus quality', Battle of Ideas, organised by Institute of Ideas, Royal College of Art

    Myerson, J. (2010) 'Healthier By Design: Rethinking workplace design as a catalyst for public sector wellbeing' at Creating a More Healthy and Efficient 21st Century Public Sector Workplace seminar, Westminster, London

    Myerson, J. (2010) 'I Wish I Worked Better' RSA America guest lecture at Humanscale, New York as part of New York Design Week

    Myerson, J. (2010) 'Young & Old' keynote presentation as academic strand convener at Cumulus international conference, Tongji University, Shanghai

    Myerson, J. (2010) 'Welcoming Workplace', Office & Facility conference, Warsaw

    Myerson, J. (2010) Design, Technology and Quality of Life', 5th International Carers Conference, Leeds, at invitation of Technology Strategy Board

    Myerson, J. (2010) The Inclusive Workplace', Innovation For All conference, Norwegian Design Council, Oslo

    Myerson, J. (2009) 'Future Workplace Landscapes' at Bene showroom, Vienna Design Week

    Myerson, J. (2009) 'Desirable, Feasible, Viable: A review of research initiatives from the Royal College of Art in combining design with technology and business at the front end of innovation' at DesignEd Asia Conference, Hong Kong

    Myerson J. (2009) 'Using the people-centred methods of evidence-based design to innovate' at Breakthrough Innovation Conference, Barcelona

    Myerson, J. (2009) 'Radical Office Design', WorkTech New York conference, USA

    Myerson, J. (2009) 'Workplace Design for the Ageing Workforce', Reinventing Retirement Asia Conference, Singapore

    Myerson, J. (2008) 'Healthcare Design for Patient and Staff Safety' at Build Boston exhibition and symposium, Boston, USA, at invitation of Institute for Human-Centred Design

    Myerson, J. (2008) 'Discovery through design: how design methods take you closer to the customer'. European Business Conference of the Norwegian Design Council, Oslo, Norway

    Myerson, J. (2007) 'Space to Work; work space for innovation in the knowledge economy', Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Architecture & Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia    
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  • Awards and Grants

  • Research Grants

    • Design Lead, HELIX Centre (Healthcare Innovation Exchange), RCA with Imperial College London, HEFCE Catalyst Fund (2013 - 2016)
    • Co-Investigator, The Creative Exchange Knowledge Exchange Hub, RCA with Lancaster University and Newcastle University, AHRC (2012 - 2016
    • Principal Investigator, DOME (Designing Out Medical Error), RCA with Imperial College Department of Surgery and Imperial College Business School, EPSRC (2008-2011)
    • Chair, Project Executive, Design London Innovation Centre, RCA with Imperial College Business School and IC Faculty of Engineering, HEFCE Strategic Development Fund (2007-11)
    • Co-Investigator, i~design3 project. Partnership with Engineering Design Centre, Cambridge University, EPSRC (2007-11)
    • Principal Investigator, Welcoming Workplace. Designing for the 21st Century research programme, EPSRC/AHRC (2006-08)
    • Research Director, Helen Hamlyn Research Associates Programme, RCA 1999 to date 120 new RCA graduates matched with industry partners, including British Heart Foundation, BlackBerry, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, Levi Strauss, Nokia, Orange, Sony, Samsung, Toyota and Unilever.

    Other Awards

    • Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art (2016)
    • Inclusive Design Champion, Include Conference (2015) 
    • Award for Design Innovation from the School of Design, Northumbria University (2010)
    • Named by Wired Magazine as one of Britain's 100 most influential people in digital technology, (2012)


Research students