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Mr Derek Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Sustainable Design
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • derek.jones

Professional biography

I am a Lecturer in Sustainable Design with The Open University and module chair for U101: Design Thinking, the innovative and award winning Level 1 entry course for the university’s Design and Innovation degree. I am also a qualified architect with 15 years of experience in architecture, design and construction management, having worked previously for Keppie Design and Atkins global.

Research interests

I am interested in ideas - how ideas are formed in our minds, what we do with them and how we use them in the world around us.

This special relationship between what we think and what we do is at the heart of design and especially design thinking. It also occupies a unique place in the mix of learning, research and practice - doing and thinking can be found in all three and I believe that this underpins contemporary design thinking.

Design thinking allows us to explore these sorts of questions in practice, education and research. It also allows us a unique opportunity to merge theory and practice, meaning that we can speculate on and experience ideas. This informs each of my main research directions.

The pedagogy of design and creativity

  • Mechanisms of learning design at a distance
  • Assessment of design processes in design teaching
  • Attitudes to, and social dimensions of, creativity
  • Creativity as a 'normal' process in design

Design theory

  • Issues in contemporary Design Thinking
  • Pragmatic tradition(s) and philosophy in design thinking
  • Conceptions of place in architecture
  • Embodied cognition and design

 Virtual design environments

  • Digital design spaces in virtual learning spaces
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) design processes for sustainability in practice and education
  • Adaptive architecture and sustainability

Current projects

  • 'Are we making progress?' project, studying the progression of design students in distance learning through their engagement in OpenDesignStudio, a virtual design studio.
  • BITE 2: Equal BITE - the follow up to BITE: Recipes for remarkable research, with Edinburgh University
  • Introducing design thinking to Chilean primary schools project, with Universidad del Desarollo, Chile, looking at the potential of implementing early design thinking to strengthen later attainment in a balance of subjects.

Teaching interests

I am currently module presentation chair for U101: Design Thinking - Creativity for the 21st Century the innovative and award winning Level 1 entry course for the university’s Design and Innovation degree. I am the author of Part 2 of T192: ngineering: origins, methods, context, the University's new first level engineering course and am also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in Scotland.

In conjunction with colleagues in the Design Group and LTS, I previously led the design, development and implementation of OpenStudio, the pioneering online portfolio and virtual design studio used in U101 Design Thinking.

I have previously authored and lectured Building Construction Technology at Dundee College and have been a studio tutor for the Masters of Engineering course at Dundee University.

Impact and engagement

Future engagements

30 September - 01 October 2016 - Wigtown Book Festival. Public taks on Creativity; More Creativity (!); and Architecure and Storytelling:

Past engagements

27-30 June 2015 - Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference 2016 theme co-chair for Design Epistemology.

12 November 2014 - Confessions and Realities of Early Career Researc, Edinburgh University

18 September 2014 - OU Inspiring Content presentation, Milton Keynes

28 May 2014 - Digital Salon: Academia & Industry. Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

8 May 2014 - BITE Book launch, SOMA Offices, New York.

6-7 February 2014 - Design in Action, Edinburgh

 

External collaborations

BITE 2: Equal BITE project with Edinburgh University

Introducing design thinking to Chilean primary schools project with Universidad del Desarollo, Chile.

Publications

El diseño va al colegio: Oportunidades de Aplicación del Proceso de Diseño en la Educación Escolar Chilena [Design goes to school: Opportunities to apply the design process in Chilean school education] (2016-12)
Bravo, Úrsula; Cortés, Catalina; Honorato, María Jesús; Rivera, Maritza; Ceric, Fransisco; Lloyd, Peter and Jones, Derek
Base : Diseño para la Educación del Siglo Xxi(2) (pp. 228-241)
Reading students’ minds : design assessment in distance education (2014)
Jones, Derek
Journal of Learning Design, 7(1) (pp. 27-39)
Everyday creativity in design process (2013-12-01)
Lloyd, Peter and Jones, Derek
Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 12(2) (pp. 247-263)
Building information modelling design ecologies: a new model? (2013)
Jones, Derek and Dewberry, Emma
International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling, 2(1) (pp. 53-64)
The spatial and social constructs of creative situations (2014-02)
Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Meredith and Jones, Derek
In: Williams, Alison; Jones, Derek and Robertson, Judy eds. BITE: Resipes for Remarkable Research (pp. 260-266)
ISBN : 978-94-6209-582-3 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
Just breathe (2014)
Lotz, Nicole and Jones, Derek
In: Williams, Alison; Jones, Derek and Robertson, Judy eds. BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research (pp. 144-145)
ISBN : 978-94-6209-583-0 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
An alternative (to) reality (2013)
Jones, Derek
In: Childs, Mark and Peachey, Anna eds. Understanding Learning in Virtual Worlds. Human–Computer Interaction Series (pp. 1-20)
ISBN : 978-1-4471-5369-6 | Publisher : Springer London | Published : London
BITE: Recipes for Remarkable Research (2014-02-24)
Williams, Alison; Jones, Derek and Robertson, Judy eds.
ISBN : 978-94-6209-583-0 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
Introduction: Design Epistemology (2016)
Jones, Derek; Plowright, Philip; Bachman, Leonard and Poldma, Tiiu
In : DRS 2016 International Conference: Future – Focused Thinking (27-30 June 2016, Brighton) (pp. 295-302)
Social engagement in online design pedagogies (2015-06-28)
Lotz, Nicole; Jones, Derek and Holden, Georgina
In : 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (28-30 June 2015, Chicago, Il, USA) (pp. 1645-1668)
Reflection-in-action and motivated reasoning (2015-06-26)
Jones, Derek
In : 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (28-30 June 2015, Chicago, Il, USA) (pp. 1599-1615)
Which way is up? Space and place in virtual learning environments for design (2013)
Jones, Derek and Lloyd, Peter
In : 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (14-17 May 2013, Oslo) (pp. 552-563)
Normal creativity : What 1,038 t‐shirts can tell you about design education (2013)
Lloyd, Peter and Jones, Derek
In : 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers (14-17 May 2013, Oslo) (pp. 307-321)
Building Information Modelling design ecologies - a new model? (2012-09)
Jones, Derek and Dewberry, Emma
In : First UK Academic conference on BIM: Conference Proceedings (5-9 September 2012, Northumbria University)
An alternative (to) reality (2011)
Jones, Derek
In : Proceedings of the Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments Conference (21-22 September 2011, The Open University, Milton Keynes)

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