Senior Lecturer and MA Course Leader, Graphic Communication Design
Central Saint Martins
Central Saint Martins
Originally from New York, Ross is Senior Lecturer in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins and leads the programme’s MA. She holds a PhD in Architectural and Urban History from Harvard (2012), an MSc in Human Geography from University College London (2005), an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale (2002), and an interdisciplinary BA from New York University’s Gallatin School (1999).
Current and recent projects include a history of the London postcode as a distinctly open interface between communities, machines, and the complexities of urbanization, and the London is Changing project, which displayed curated responses to the impact of economic and policy changes across London on digital billboards around Central London during February and March 2015. Ross has published in Journal of Planning History, Urban Constellations, Camera Constructs, Journal of Communication Design, Cities Methodologies,and Art in Public. She is co-founder and co-editor of the Urban Pamphleteer (with Ben Campkin), is an advisor to the University College London Urban Laboratory, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, also at UCL, and an advisor to the University College London Urban Laboratory, also at UCL, where she is currently appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Associate by the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Ross has worked on collaborative projects with London local authorities including Camden and Lambeth.
Cultures of data; Design of academic practice; Civic engagement; Infrastructure and logistics; Visual culture; Urbanism; History of technology; Graphic design; Communication; Media studies.
I experiment, as a conventional humanities researcher and as a designer, with the ways in which images, media, and data, are actively intertwined with conditions in neighborhoods and cities. How do we communicate about change in the built environment and how could we better communicate? How does mass culture relate to the production and application of specialist or expert knowledge related to the built environment? What relationships exist between publication, public space and publicness? How does design relate to the situation of academic practice and the politics of dissemination? My approach draws upon fields including graphic communication, urban studies, architecture, visual culture and interaction design.
Ross, Rebecca (2013) Picturing the Profession: The View from Above and the Civic Imaginary in Burnham's Plans. Journal of Planning History, 12 (3). pp. 269-281. ISSN 1538-5132
Campkin, Ben and Ross, Rebecca (2012) Negotiating the City Through Google Street View. In: Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City. Ashgate, London, UK, pp. 147-157. ISBN 9781409421450
Ross, Rebecca (2016) The last digital revolution? Communication Design, 3 (1). pp. 99-100. ISSN 2055-7132
Ross, Rebecca (2015) The D Word. In: Work in Public. Press LMP, Berlin, Germany, pp. 66-73. ISBN 0997021403
Ross, Rebecca (2015) London is Changing. [Art/Design Item]