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Roger Bateman

Roger Bateman

Deputy Head of Department, Art & Design

Summary

I began my career in design as a studio assistant at the London company Flux Designs in 1985 moving onto work for a variety of companies until 1994 when I joined RDS London as partner and design director. RDS designed, developed, manufactured and sold furniture to clients as diverse as Diesel, the V&A Museum London, Scottish parliament, KLM, Foreign and The Royal Opera House London. 

In 1999 I joined the Keen Group Ltd London, overseeing the design and development of office furniture products. Keen’s clients include Apple Computers, BBC, Chanel, IXC Tokyo and the Stella McCartney Studio.

In 2004 I joined Unitec in Auckland New Zealand where I was an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Art & Design. In 2010 I returned to the UK and took up a post at Sheffield Hallam University where I am Deputy Head of Department, Art & Design

  • About

    Academic

    In 2004 I joined Unitec in Auckland New Zealand where I was an Associate Professor and Head of the School of Art & Design. In 2010 I returned to the UK and took up a post at Sheffield Hallam University where I am currently responsible for taught Art & Design Postgraduate Courses. I am a member of the SHU Art and Design Research Centre, I am studying for a Doctorate and have research interests in Design + Social Innovation + Sustainability.

    Practice 

    I began my career in design as a studio assistant at the London company Flux Designs in 1985 and also as a freelance designer for the US office furniture company Sunar Hauserman. In 1989 I began 'Square One' studio with clients including Viaduct Furniture, London/ Glosbrook and the Liverpool City Council. which eventually led to me joined RDS London as partner and design director in 1994. RDS designed, developed, manufactured and sold furniture to clients as diverse as Diesel, British Airways, the V&A Museum London, Scottish parliament, KLM, Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, The Royal Opera House London, British Council, Warner Music and Virgin Music.

    In 1999 I joined the Keen Group Ltd London, overseeing the design and development of office furniture solutions. Keen’s clients include Apple Computers, BBC, Chanel, IXC Tokyo and the Stella McCartney Studio. As part of the expansion of Keen I moved to Spain to oversee design development and manufacture of Keen Products in Barcelona whilst at the same time designing in partnership with Jane Dillon and Tom Grieves working for International clients in the furniture industry.

    My main area of interest is design for sustainability and social change.


    Principal Lecturer

  • Teaching

    Department of Art and Design

    Science, Technology and Arts

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    My research interests include pedagogic practice, product innovation through sustainable design and design for health and wellbeing.

    I am a strong advocate of integrating research and practice into teaching and learning and to this end the MA Design Programme works closely with the ADRC, international universities, communities, manufacturers, researchers and practitioners within a variety of disciplines.

    Projects

  • Publications

  • Media

    Roger is interested in the complexity of contemporary society and how social innovation is spreading and its potential, as a driver of sustainable change, is increasing. Through his work at Sheffield Hallam University Roger is  facilitating this process with the postgraduate design students using design thinking and design knowledge to co-create, with local, regional and global partners, socially relevant scenarios, solutions and communication programs.

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