Dr. Rebecca Ross

MA Communication Design Course Leader

Originally from New York, I gained an interdisciplinary BA (1999) from the Gallatin School at New York University; an MFA (2002) in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art; an MSc (2005) in Geography from University College London; and a PhD (All Above: Visual Culture and the Professionalization of City Planning, 1867-1931, 2012) from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

My work sits at the intersection of three fields: visual culture, interaction design, and urban studies. I am interested in how media, information, and data, interact with space and place, design and technological change, as well as new forms of participation and community engagement. I explore these interests through traditional and practice-based academic research.  

Alongside my work on the Graphic Communication Design Programme, I currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship at Central Saint Martins in the Spatial Practices Programme. I am also an advisor to the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Before deciding to pursue academics full-time, I worked professionally as an interaction designer for FLAT, Nickelodeon, FDNY, Simon & Schuster publishers and a number of bands. I taught at Harvard and Yale before moving to London and becoming Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins in 2008.

Research profile: Dr Rebecca Ross