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Austin Houldsworth

PhD Work

MA work

I imagine futures and create practical tangible inventions that, when combined, create rich stories that reflect on our messy, beautiful existence.

Chemistry, philosophical undertones and imaginary futures are a few of the elements I apply within my work.

I create solutions to the problems that often are neglected by industry; the little things in life that make us who we are, that give us a sense of purpose or simply a little comfort.


  • Austin Houldsworth
  • PhD


    School of Design


    Design Interactions, 2012–2018

  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2009

  • Austin Houldworth was born in 1983, Macclesfield, England.  He studied Interactive Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University before going to the Royal College of Art to complete an MA in Design Interactions.  Upon graduating, Austin gained employment as a designer for HD+R in London, contributing to the conception and realisation of various large scale installations for the architect Usman Haque.

    Alongside his work at HD+R, Austin continued to develop his own practice and in 2010 was selected through an open competition to build the worlds first prototype fossilisation machine named ‘2 Million and 1AD’ for the Tatton Park Biennial.  During this time he also became the curator of the ‘Future of Money Design Award’ sponsored by Barclaycard and Consult Hyperion; a speculative design based competition created to inspire new thinking around monetary development.

    Austin is currently a visiting tutor and researcher within Design Interactions.  His work has been published and exhibited internationally. 

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Interactive Arts (First class), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2006; Foundation Art and Design, Newcastle-under-Lyme College, 2003
  • Experience

  • Studio Assistant, Moritz Waldemeyer, London, 2008
  • Exhibitions

  • St Etienne Design Biennale; Microsoft Research; Liverpool Biennial; London Design Week; Paris Design Week; React Festival, Mannheim Castle, Germany, 2006; Site 06 Art Festival, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, 2006; Liverpool Biennial, View Two Gallery, Liverpool, 2006; Exposures, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2008