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Benjamin Shaw

MA work

PhD Thesis Title: More Than The Sum Of The Parts: Shared Representations in Collaborative Design Interaction

My work is motivated by a keen interest in design, creativity and collaboration, and a conviction that a fluency in shared representations of preferred futures is essential to the power of design. Working with others, I believe differences can be generative, as long as our energies are channelled into constructing such shared visions, and making meaningful commitments to bring them about. It is these sorts of processes I have sought to make visible in my research on collaboration in design groups.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2007

  • PhD Thesis Title: More Than The Sum Of The Parts: Shared Representations in Collaborative Design Interaction

    My work is motivated by a keen interest in design, creativity and collaboration, and a conviction that a fluency in shared representations of preferred futures is essential to the power of design. Working with others, I believe differences can be generative, as long as our energies are channelled into constructing such shared visions, and making meaningful commitments to bring them about. It is these sorts of processes I have sought to make visible in my research on collaboration in design groups.

  • Experience

  • Visiting Researcher, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 2002-4; Organization Design Consultant, and Principal, Institute for Research on Learning, and Strategic Practices Group, Inc., Menlo Park and San Francisco, CA, USA, 1998-2; Engineering Design Consultant, IDEO Product Development, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 1991-5; Mechanical Engineer and Designer, Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA, USA, 1984-1991
  • Awards

  • Overseas Student Research (ORS) Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors & Principals of the UK, Recipient, 1998-2001; United States & International Patents, Precision analytical & Medical Instrumentation; Office Furniture Systems, Holder of 9, 1988-1995; Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Honor Societies, Elected membership, 1984