Dr. Rebecca Ross
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 neighbourhoods 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.
Current and recent projects include a history of the London postcode as a distinctly open interface between communities, machines, and the complexities of urbanisation and London is Changing, displayed on digital billboards around Central London during February and March 2015. I have published in Journal of Planning History, Urban Constellations, Camera Constructs, Journal of Communication Design, Cities Methodologies,and Art in Public. I am co-founder and co-editor of the Urban Pamphleteer (with Ben Campkin), an advisor to the University College London Urban Laboratory, also at UCL, where I am currently appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Associate by the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. I have worked on collaborative projects with London local authorities including Camden and Lambeth.
Originally from New York, I am Senior Lecturer in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins in London and lead the programme's MA. I hold 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).