Friday, 9 March 2012

Mark Armstrong - Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair

RMIT industrial design alumnus Mark Armstrong has recently been appointed as the Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design at Monash University.

This is a very prestigious position and is structured in such a way as to allow Mark to continue his very hands on role at his design consultancy Blue Sky and use his industry knowledge and contacts to contribute to Monash University’s design-based research capability.
The role will allow Mark to follow a long standing passion to become more involved in significant design research programs. It’s also very interesting for Blue Sky and its clients as the relationship that Mark now has with Monash University will foster exchanges of ideas and technologies between both organisations.
A major element of the role is making connections for staff and students with key international design institutions and research partners. The Chair is expected to win competitive research funding leading to significant developments in design and its role in improving the human condition.
The Chair, and the University’s growing international reputation in design research, will increasingly attract the finest staff and high calibre students, particularly PhD candidates. Above all, the Eva and Marc Besen International Research Chair in Design will help develop the reputation of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture as an international leader of studio based design research and teaching.

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