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Terra Carta Academic Talks: Academic Champions Panel

25 November 2021 | 6pm – 7pm



Johnny Golding hosts a panel discussion with fellow Terra Carta Academic Champions Beth Hughes, Danielle Barrios-O'Neill, Nick de Leon & Raphael Channer on subjects around climate justice and why it's so critical, what's next in terms of the Terra Carta Design Lab and other questions that have arose since COP26.

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Johnny Golding is a philosopher/poet, Head of Radical Matter, the Postgraduate/postdoctoral proto-Centre in School of Arts and Humanities. Golding holds the Chair as Research Professor in Philosophy and Fine Art, at RCA. Golding's research situates contemporary philosophy art and the wild sciences as a new Gay Science, one that pays homage to quantum physics, feedback loops, soft robotics, entanglement and the extended of senses. New work includes Data Loam: Sometimes Hard, Usually Soft (the Future of Knowledge Systems) with Reinhart and Paganelli (De Gruyter 2021) and Octopussy: King of The Feminists (pirate version), in Viegener et al, Get Rid of Meaning (forthcoming: 2022). Most recently Johnny has been named as head of one of the newly created proto-centres at SoAH. The Radical Matter proto-Research Centre is dedicated to the pursuit of cutting-edge experimental research/production on artificial and distributed intelligences, human-interspecies-machine agencies, differently embodied consciousness, emergence, dimensionality and the logics of sense.

Danielle Barrios-O’Neill is Head of Programme, MA Information Experience Design. Her teaching and research centres on the value of arts, particularly multiplatform storytelling, for social and economic benefit.Danielle joined the RCA from Falmouth University, where she has held the position of Course Leader and Research Programme Lead. She specialises in post-disciplinary arts, with particular focus on environmental systems, multiplatform narrative and serious play. Alongside a portfolio of published research in critical postdisciplinary informatics, she develops curricula at the intersection of creative and pragmatic complex problem-solving, founded on principles of human-centred design and systems thinking, and prioritising skills needed for navigating uncertain futures.

Beth Hughes is the Head of Architecture and Reader in Architecture at the Royal College of Art London. Beth studied architecture at the University of Technology Sydney where she later taught. She worked for several design practices in Australia before joining the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam in 2004, where as an associate she was responsible for projects in London, Latvia, and the Middle East. In 2009 Hughes joined as partner at Point Supreme Architects in Athens, Greece and established her own practice in 2011. Her work has been extensively published and awarded in several international competitions. Beth has taught at the Bartlett UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool and the University of Syracuse London. Hughes is currently trustee for the V&A East and Thematic Curator for the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

Nick de Leon is responsible for executive education and knowledge exchange across the school of design. He was previously the Head of Programme for Service Design which he founded in 2011. He read engineering at Imperial, completed his Masters in Industrial Design at the RCA and has a PhD from Imperial Business School. His career has combined senior executive positions in design, technology and business. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Art, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Raphael Channer is Head of Incubation, and leads the InnovationRCA start-up programme, mentoring and guiding the company founders and managing them through a structured programme of development as they build their businesses. Raphael has extensive commercial experience both in the UK and internationally, following a career in the telecoms sector commercialising technological developments around the world, and latterly with UK Trade & Investment where he worked as an international trade adviser and led trade missions into new and developing markets. He has worked with start-up businesses in the tech, construction and design sectors and brings specific expertise in finance, business planning and strategic development.