Education and Qualifications
Following an undergraduate degree in Design Education at Exeter University (Marjon) and a masters degree in Furniture Design and Technology (BNU) I initially pursed a careen in the design industry working as an assistant to RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) Alan Tilbury as well as undertaking freelance work as a designer.
Between 2007-9 I was the Gladstone Fellow in Sculpture in the Fine Art and Design Department at Chester University where I completed my doctoral studies.
Prior to Hope, I taught in schools in Exeter in Devon and Tarporley in Cheshire before joining the staff at De La Salle College in Manchester teaching on BA, B.Des. and B.Ed. (Hons.) courses in Design.
Teaching at Hope
At Hope, teaching commitments include aspects of Digital Design, particularly solid modelling and 3D printing along with Professional Practice and a supplementary role as a second reader for dissertation work as well as contributing to the MA by Creative Practice degree.
Research Interests and Expertise
Research interests include pedagogical aspects of the application of new technology in design education and the application of new technology to contemporary studio practice in design and sculpture.
I balance my academic career with managing a design studio in Liverpool and practice as an international digital designer/maker/sculptor. My website is accessible at http://richard-hooper.co.uk/.
Recent research outputs include;
2010 - Exhibitions
Bridges2010, Pecs, Hungary as Part of Maths and Art Conference. The sculptural piece Trinity was exhibited and may be seen at; http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/single-artist?uid=Richard%20Hooper
Hooper R, Egerton J (2010) The Liverpool Hope University 'Global Hope' Design Intervention Model at Missao Ramacrisna, Betim, Brazil: Global and Pedagogical Contexts and Some Initial Findings delivered at the International Perspectives on Art and Design Pedagogy, Leeds College of Art.
2011 - Exhibitions
Online Digital Gallery Exhibition D-ART 2011 for the International Conference Information Visualization iV 2011, and the International Conference “Computer Graphics, Imaging and Vizualization” CGIV 2011 Exhibitions. The virtual sculpture Bone was exhibited and can be seen at;
2011 - Conversations with Wood. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Waterbury Accession Collection Exhibition. Piece Vector Warp exhibited.
Cores Exhibition, CWA, Philadelphia, USA.
2013 - Exhibitions
Piece Manta accepted (but not exhibited) for Bridges2013 Maths and Art Conference, Enschede, Netherlands.
Working Wood independently curated group exhibition at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire.