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Margaret Durkan

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  • Margaret Durkan
  • Area

    The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

    Role

    Communication Manager, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

  • Margaret is Communication Manager at the Centre and directs the Centre's programme of publications, events and exhibitions including the centre's website. She also manages the HHCD's archive and implements the Centre's identity internally and externally and manages the centres refurbishments and space allocation for a staff of over 30 people.

  • Biography

  • Margaret began her career running a studio pottery and shop in South London with her partner, where they produced ceramics and leatherwork which was sold in London and also exported to America and Europe.

    She went on to study at university and she holds a BA(Hons) in Furniture and Product Design from Kingston University (1992) and an MA in Design Studies from Central St Martins (1998).

    After gaining her first degree Margaret worked for the Design Council in the Young Designers Centre. She then worked for several years in an architecture and interior design consultancy as project co-ordinator where she managed a variety of space planning projects, including a bingo hall and a golf club, and also ran the architecture materials library.

    Margaret joined the Royal College of Art in 1996 as the administator of DesignAge (now the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design) and has over 19 years experience at the College. Her role include running the Centres image and archive collection and events management. 

    Margaret is currently Communication Manager at the Centre and directs the Centre's busy programme of publications, events and exhibitions. Her range of skills and responsibilities include running the Centre's website, art-direction design and production of its publications, exhibitions and biennual conference. She is also responsible for implementing the Centre's identity internally and externally. In addition Margaret designed the Centre's office spaces at the RCA, Kensington and in 2012 she project managed the design, move and set up of HHCDs current office in RCA Battersea. The moves reflect the changing culture and organisation of working at the Centre and accommodating the growth of the Centre's staff.

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