Sarah Temple

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Course Director School of Design

London College of Communication


Sarah Temple teaches in the Design School and is Course Leader of the Diploma in Professional Studies, the only course of its kind in the UK embedded as part of a four year design degree. The DPS at LCC was established by FHK Henrion in 1976.

A former student of the London College of Printing and the Royal College of Art, Sarah returned to the London College of Communication in the mid-nineties to teach as an Associate Lecturer, while running her own design practice and also teaching at Kingston University.

At the start of her career Sarah worked for award-winning agencies David Davies Associates and Smith & Milton working with clients such as British Airways, Selfridges, Midland Bank, The English National Opera, Anglia Television and The National Theatre. She worked on the first exhibition at the Design Museum ‘Commerce & Culture’ with Stephen Bayley. After ten years of employment, Sarah set up her own consultancy sharing a studio with Michael Johnson of Johnson Banks and working with clients such as The National Maritime Museum, Harvey Nichols, Shelter, Boots and Silversea. She was invited to take part in the Anti-Design Festival by Neville Brody.

Research interests

Communication design, sustainability, experiential learning, social design, disruptive innovation, design fictions, design activism, materials, reductive processes, resource efficiency, the circular economy, environmental design.

Research statement

Sarah co-established ‘Conscientious Communicators’ at LCC in 2011 with Tara Hanrahan, a community of staff, students and researchers who put ethical and sustainable considerations at the heart of their practice. This builds on the LCC philosophy of ‘Practice for the Public Good’ first established at the LCP in the 1960’s and seeks to inspire a whole community of journalists, film makers, photographers and designers to practice communication with social responsibility. Sarah and Tara have curated five LCC Green Week’s.

Sarah and Tara directed a film which outlines the value of sustainability to the design process and have created 10 eco-social assignments and case studies. Sarah has lead a series of Staff Development events while at LCC including

  • Forgaging – Feral research activity which sought insight into natural creativity 
  • Collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Technology
  • Wild Re-naturing the city

On 10th February 2016 Sarah and Tara presented a symposium at part of the LCC Public programme after extensive research with the inspirational guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison. The content of the symposium and related Artefact magazine investigated how fundamental Nature is and how our human lives fit into an urban eco-system. The event explored the London National Park City initiative – a proposal to make London the first National Park City; a city where people and nature are better connected; a city that is rich with wildlife and every child benefits from exploring, playing and learning outdoors; a city where we all enjoy high-quality green spaces, the air is clean to breathe and green homes are affordable to all. The WILD symposium was populated with an array of pioneering individuals working in symbiotic territories, investigating the exciting intersections between Nature, design, technology and urban life.