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RCA talks

The 2014 Peter Dormer Lecture: Daniel Charny

27 November 2014 | 6pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free but booking required

Reasons to be Making: The Role of Making in Design Education

This will be the eighteenth year of the lecture, which has become a major event in the applied arts and is held in memory of Peter Dormer, the pioneering writer on design, architecture and the crafts, who died in 1996 aged 47.

For this year's Peter Dormer Lecture the designer, curator and educator Daniel Charny will focus on an activity currently in the limelight: making. Drawing on his 25 years of experience in design and design education, and his work with makers in exhibitions such as the V&A's seminal Power of Making (2011), Charny will reflect on the role of making in design education. In particular, he will focus on the central role that making plays in the design process, informing decisions and outcomes otherwise impossible, and consider how making brings together imagination and skill, two qualities vital to the energy of contemporary practice. Charny will also touch on today's making communities, the relationship with making in education environments being transformed by the digital, and ultimately what lies behind the current drive of making activity.

Daniel Charny is professor of design at Kingston University and honorary senior research fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.