Dr Rebecca Ross

Senior Lecturer and MA Course Leader, Graphic Communication Design

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 HistoryUrban ConstellationsCamera ConstructsJournal 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. 

Research interests

Cultures of data; Design of academic practice; Civic engagement; Infrastructure and logistics; Visual culture; Urbanism; History of technology; Graphic design; Communication; Media studies.

Research statement

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.

Selected research outputs