Mr Peter Davis

Mr Peter Davis

Lecturer in Design Culture

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Director of the MA Postgraduate programmes in Design, incorporating, Design Products, Maker and Materials, Service Design, Spatial Design and Sustainable Futures.  Responsible for BA Undergraduate//MA Post Graduate teaching in Design Culture/Design Thinking/Sustainable Futures, within the School of Art, Design and Architecture. Research Leader for Design Knowledge. 


Cardiff College of Art and Design: Royal College of Art: Fellow of the Higher Education Authority:

Professional membership

Member of the Higher Education Academy: Design History Journal: Design Society; Design Research: Writing Pads: RCA Alum, Learning Institute, Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Group for Learning in Art and Design, Research Drawing Network, RSA, Craft Action Network. European Academy of Design. DRS.

Roles on external bodies

Reviewer for the Journal of Design Practice and Principles.
Associate Editor for volume 5 of Design Principles and
Practices: An International Journal
Panel member at IADE Lisbon
European Academy of Design Conference Convenor
External Reviewer at BIAD
Chair of Trustees for EVA (Arts Studios)

Teaching interests

Broad teaching interests are within the arts, sustainability and regenerative areas. using design and art as a creative force for positive outcomes and change. Has further interests in innovation through teaching and regeneration through art, architecture and design.

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for Middlesex University: MA Design, MA Interior Architecture and MA Graphics.
External Reviewer BIAD Design
External Examiner for Grays Aberdeen University: BA Fine Art/Design

Research interests

Research interests are design, architecture and the creative disciplines. Focused interests include, notions of place, in terms of transformation, identity and memory.

Other research

The research concerns reflect the multiple contexts of art and design as it has evolved through the twentieth century and into the twentieth first century. The research reflects a high level of relativism, contextualization and pragmatism. I have published on the nature of creativity/drawing/and the design process; the new practices emerging in sustainable design debates and how this relates to the education for design and its relationship to universities, cities, markets and business. I am  interested in ideas of personal identity/how this contributes to place-making, artifact manufacture and the understanding of heritage, through the industrial and post-industrial ages. I also work outside the university in other sectors, schools, forums, councils and institutions.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

 Supervision of MRes students, Post Graduate Design students and supervision for Phd's

Grants & contracts

I have recently completed a research fellowship for CSF funded by HEfc and have been awarded funding from the excellence cluster for innovative work in schools and the connection to universities.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Audi Design Foundation 'Sustain our Nation' (national campaign 2009) Through 2009 and 2010 I have worked in partnership with South West Design Programme.Teach-In 2012: 'Eco-literacy in Design Education' at the Victoria & Albert Museum,London. October 2009. I am curating and organising a major project and exhibition with Plymouth City Museum and UOP School of Architecture and Design, detailing the responses of twelve architects and designers to the museums collections. International Design Award, competition in Guangzhou, China, award winner 2012. 
Karst: International Exhibition Specular: Plymouth 2012

Dutch Design Week 2013 International Design Exhibition (Trac-Arts Centre)

Envelopea major exhibition featuring 50 of the worlds best designers, responding to theidea of Value. 2015: Pen Arts Plymouth. Showing work in Milan and Dutch Designfairs -2014-15-16: Exhibition: Design Latitudes – Alberta, Canada 2016.

Research groups

  • Arts Research Collective
  • Design Knowledge

‘Drawing a Blank’ Kingston University 2003 (delivered paper)

'Drawing the Process' ISBN-10: 184150076 ISBN-13: 978-1841500768

‘Nowhere’ UWEA Bristol 2004 (delivered paper)

DEED at Design Council ‘The Scholarship of Practice’ 2005 (delivered paper)

‘Writing Pad’ University Plymouth Colleges 2008 (delivered paper)

SWDP workshop and facilitation Design Management (Elvins and Fraquelli) 2009

‘Architecture and Property’ University of Edinburgh Press 2008 (published journal and paper)

‘Design Matters’ University of Plymouth 2009 (Keynote and delivered paper)

‘The Heart of Creative Cities’ University of Southampton 2010 (delivered paper)

Issue2 Journal of CRAFT RESEARCH (Changing Attitudes towards Craft Makers and Education in the 21st Century) Quinn Davis 2010. (p)

THE ENDLESS END The 9th International Conference of the European Academy of Design. Porto, Portugal. Refereed Paper (Design Redefined and Focused on an Uncertain Future) Quinn Davis 2011 (p)

5th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Rome (Why Design Matters) Quinn Davis Feb 2011 (p)

The International Journal of Design (Activating Expectations, Emotions, and Experiences of the Customer with regard to Service Design) Quinn Davis 2010 (p)

Journal V! RUS, Issue 5: edited by the research group Nomads.usp, University of São Paulo, Brazil. DESIGNING Coexistence (NECESSITY IS MOST DEFINITELY THE MOTHER OF INVENTION) Quinn Davis 2010 (p)

Multi: The Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design RIT
Volume 3, Number 1 (Spring 2011): Special Issue: Design and Change: the impact of innovation on the design profession, design pedagogy and the future practice of design.

‘DESIGNERS RESPONDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THEIR AGE’ 2010 Quinn Davis. Peter Quinn Davis Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design. ISSN 1833-1874

International Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (JWCP) Guest Editor Writing Pad with Nancy Roth and Jerome Fletcher. S/W 2011

European Academy of Design Journal 2011 (Designers Responding to Change) Quinn Davis

5th International Journal of Design Principles and Practices,  (Why Design Matters) Quinn Davis  2012

Edited  and complied catologue 'Cabinet Changing Perceptions' 13 International Artists, Designers and Architects. 2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9

Published essay 'Changing Perception' 'Your local my local museum' Page 42: 2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9

Design Week: Exhibition Review 'Project seeks to redefine visitor perceptions'  12th May 2011. By Angus Montgomery

EAD European Academy of Design (Sweden) " Crafting Art and Design Education' Conference Organiser 2012

China and UK International conference on Up-cycling and Sustainability: Paper entitled Design Challenges: Guangzhou. China 2012

Sino-UK Higher Education Collaboration with the British Council: Book: Published by The Peoples Printing Plant. Guanyzhou China 2012.The International Cumulus Conference Oslo 2013 'Expectation: Art and Design Change' paper and journal. May 2013

Edited  and complied catologue'Cabinet Changing Perceptions' 13 International Artists, Designers andArchitects. 2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-

Published essay 'Changing Perception' 'Your local my local museum' Page 42:2011: ISBN 978-1-84102-281-9


Design Week: Exhibition Review'Project seeks to redefine visitor perceptions'  12th May 2011. By AngusMontgomery


NID Insight: IndiaINSIGHT 2015, paper constitutes sharing of knowledge andperceptions on design research culture, methodology, framework, practice,collaboration and its dissemination.


EAD: ParisEAD: Paris –Reviewer (conference proceedings) Two papers: Thevalue of design research in practice and its relationship to the academy. 2015


Designing Critical Messages:International symposium, Plymouth: Conference Organizer:  WritingPad Edited Journal (intellect) Editing and compiling the journalsubmissions from DCM Plymouth-International submission


Envelope: Plymouth: Exhibition/Catalogue/’Valuing what Designers Value’

E-publication and QR code phone app(Amazon) ISBN-10: 184102385XISBN-13: 978-1841023854


Reports & invited lectures

I attend conferences frequently and speak at many institutions nationally and internationally

Other academic activities