Dr David Lawrence


I am associate professor at Kingston University, London, Research Fellow for the London Transport Museum, and design consultant to Network Rail. I teach Historic Building Conservation. I lead on the development of the virtual learning environment for Kingston School of Art.  As a member of numerous professional bodies (FRGS, FSAI, SFHEA), I curate, photograph and write on the subjects of design, architecture and culture, with a particular interest in those places where design, people and movement converge. These places include motorway service stations, railway and underground railway stations, holiday camps, food and drink environments, and sacred spaces.

I have written: Timepiece: Designing modern time (2023), Design Index: Network Rail Design (2021), HUB: Making places for people and trains (2020), LINK: A Study of Network Rail Footbridges (2019), British Rail Architecture 1948-97 (2018), British Rail Designed 1948-1997 (2016), OMNIBUS: A social history of the London Bus (2014), A Logo for London (2013), Food on the Move: the extraordinary world of the motorway service area (2010), Bright Underground Spaces (2008), Always a Welcome (1999), and Underground Architecture (1994).

I have contributed chapters to Design, History & Time (Bloomsbury, 2019), Moving Metropolis (2015), Arts & foods: rituals since 1851 (Milan Expo 2015), Underline (Art on the Underground, 2015), Going Underground: new perspectives (2013), Supercrit #2: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown (Routledge, 2007), The 1970s is here and now (Wiley, 2005), The architecture of British transport in the twentieth century (Yale, 2004), Conserving the railway heritage (E & F N Spon, 1997). 

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor


  • PhD
  • Dip. Arch.
  • BA (Hons.) Architecture
  • FdA Pastoral Theology
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow, Society of Architectural Illustration
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

My Senior Fellowship of Advance HE built on the work of curriculum development in the virtual learning environment of 'Canvas' and 'Blackboard'. After training in Learning Design for blended learning, I trained colleagues at Kingston School of Art in the use of the Canvas platform, and I developed templates which reflect the particular ways in which art and design is taught: primarily by modules within projects. I support colleagues across KSA with the Canvas platform. I am a member of Faculty Education Committee and the CMMP group. I lead modules in Historic Building Conservation and Postgraduate Work Placement.  

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


I research architecture and design culture, history and practice; brand design; design for urban transit systems; the design, history, culture ad social activities related to roadside facilities and public transportation; car culture; twentieth century urban design; technologies for online learning; pedagogy in relation to space use; graphic design for music culture. I welcome invitations to discuss projects and research degree proposals in these and related fields.


Number of items: 49.


Lawrence, David (2015) Imagining Highgate Archway - six model essays on modernist urban transit design. (Three dimensional models). approximately 15cm high x 120 cm wide x 5cm deep. Physical models.

Cullinan, Charlotte [Artist], Richards, Jeanine [Artist] and Lawrence, David [Typographer] (2008) Savage School Window Gallery box set. (Box containing serigraphed cards). London, U.K., Cullinan and Richards.


Lawrence, David (2016) Book preview: British Rail Design 1948-97 by David Lawrence. Design Week,

Lawrence, David (2016) British Rail designed 1948-97. Rail, 814, pp. 98-101. ISSN (print) 0953-4563

Lawrence, David (2012) The lost network. Peninsula Magazine, 2012, pp. 84-87.

Lawrence, David (2011) Standing on the verge of a secret world. Commercial Motor, 214(5419), pp. 44-47. ISSN (print) 0010-3063

Lawrence, David (2007) The beauty of a wipe clean surface. Kiosk, 1, pp. 49-56. ISSN (print) 1755-9626

Lawrence, David (2003) Carchitecture: Space Stations. Intersection, 1(6), pp. 74-75. ISSN (print) 1473-7620


Lawrence, David and O'Donovan, Luke [Photographer] (2020) HUB : making places for people and trains. London, U.K. : Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. 144p. ISBN 9780953698066

Lawrence, David (2019) Link: a study of Network Rail footbridges. London, U.K. : Network Rail - Royal Institute of British Architects. 144p. ISBN 9780953698059

Lawrence, David (2018) British Rail Architecture 1948-97. Manchester : Crecy Publishing. ISBN 9780860936855

Lawrence, David (2016) British Rail Designed 1948-97. London, U.K. : Ian Allan Publishing. 272p. ISBN 9780711038370

Lawrence, David, Taylor, Sheila [Editor] and Green, Oliver [Author-contributor] (2015) The moving metropolis: a history of London's transport since 1800. 2nd ed. London, U.K. : Laurence King. 448p. ISBN 9781780676715

Ward, William D. and Lawrence, David [Editor] (2014) Ole Bill : London buses and the First World War. London, U.K. : London Transport Museum. 112p. ISBN 9781871829228

Lawrence, David, ed. (2014) Omnibus : a social history of the London bus. London, U.K. : London Transport Museum. 292p. ISBN 9781871829235

Lawrence, David (2013) A logo for London. London, U.K. : Lawrence King. 176p. ISBN 9781780672960

Lawrence, David (2010) Food on the move: the extraordinary world of the motorway service area. London, U.K. : Between Books with Donlon Books. 192p. ISBN 9780953698011

Lawrence, David (2008) Bright underground spaces: the London tube station architecture of Charles Holden. Harrow Weald, U.K. : Capital Transport. 192p. ISBN 9781854143204

Lawrence, David (2000) A logo for London: The London Transport symbol. Harrow Weald, U.K. : Capital Transport Publishing. 112p. ISBN 1854142321

Lawrence, David (1999) Always a welcome: the glove compartment history of the motorway service area. Twickenham, U.K. : Between Books. 112p. ISBN 0953698009

Lawrence, David (1994) Underground architecture. Harrow Weald, U.K. : Capital Transport. 208p. ISBN 1854141600

Lawrence, David (1989) London Transport cap badges. Harrow Weald, U.K. : Capital Transport. 128p. ISBN 1854141112

Book Section

Lawrence, David (2019) Tube time: how the subterranean city got faster by design. In: Hendon, Zoe and Massey, Anne, (eds.) Design, history & time: new temporalities in a digital age. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Visual Arts. ISBN 9781350060654

Lawrence, David (2018) Riding on the District 1. In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) 150 Years of the District. London, U.K. : Capital Transport Publishing. pp. 40-47. ISBN 9781854144355

Lawrence, David (2015) Food on the move : the Autogrill motorway service station. In: Celant, Germano, (ed.) Arts & foods : rituals since 1851. Milan, Italy : Mondadori Electa. pp. 510-521. ISBN 978889180329

Lawrence, David (2015) Ten stations. In: Coysh, Louise and Fuller, Laura, (eds.) Underline. London, U.K. : Art on the Underground.

Lawrence, David (2013) Collecting and belonging with London Underground. In: Galviz, Carlos Lopez and Merrill, Samuel, (eds.) Going Underground: new perspectives. London : London Transport Museum. pp. 73-82.

Lawrence, David (2012) When A to B is not the point... The nocturnal geography of the motorway service station. In: Corkish, Alan, (ed.) In the company of ghosts: the poetics of the motorway. Liverpool, U.K. : erbacce press. pp. 81-99. ISBN 9781907878428

Lawrence, David (2007) Preview. In: Hardingham, Samantha and Rattenbury, Kester, (eds.) Supercrit #2 Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Learning from Las Vegas. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415434140

Lawrence, David (2005) All the way from America. In: Hardingham, Samantha, (ed.) The 1970s is here and now. Chichester, U.K. : John Wiley & Sons. pp. 94. (Architectural Design) ISBN 9780470011362

Lawrence, David (2004) The motorway service station. In: Holder, Julian and Parissien, Steve, (eds.) The architecture of British transport in the twentieth century. New Haven, U.S. : Yale University Press. pp. 219-244. (Studies in British art, (13)) ISBN 0300106246

Lawrence, David (1997) Underground architecture. In: Burman, Peter and Stratton, Michael, (eds.) Conserving the railway heritage. London : E & FN Spon. pp. 197-210. ISBN 0419212809

Conference or Workshop Item

Price, Linda, Downward, Stuart, Lawrence, David, Avery, Barry, Preston, Anne, Dias Fonseca, Tania, Vyas, Nora, Lock, Nick, Alsop, Graham, Orwell, Suzan, Beardsmore, James and Casanova, Diogo (2017) Putting technology in the frame : multiple lenses on evidenced based practice in a university wide roll out. In: HEA Annual Conference 2017 - Generation TEF : Teaching in the spotlight; 04 - 06 Jul 2017, Manchester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David [Speaker] (2017) How technology trends are impacting the movement of goods and people. In: Intelligent Mobility : The Future of Transport Today & Tomorrow - Imagine Conference & Enxhibition 2017; 07 - 08 Jun 2017, Milton Keynes, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David [Speaker] (2017) British Rail designed. In: Late Debate : Designing the Tube; 26 Jan 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David [Speaker] (2017) Off the rails: learning from the past and influencing the future. In: UNSPECIFIED; 26 Jan 2017, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Barnes, Paul, Dixon, Catherine, Lawrence, David, Inglis, Theo, Henning, Wallace and Fleming, Martha (2016) Trains and fonts and double arrows : design and identity for railways. In: Eye Magazine's Type Tuesday; 22 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David (2016) Tube time : how the subterranean city got faster by design. In: Design and Time : Design History Society Conference 2016; 08-10 Sep 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David [Speaker] (2016) Edward Johnston and his Underground Typeface. In: Johnston Journeys; 29 Apr 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David [Speaker] (2013) Logo for London. In: Friday Late; 29 Nov 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Dennis, Richard, Merrill, Sam, Carlos, Galviz, Mullins, Sam and Lawrence, David (2013) Under London by rail : memory, the archive and heritage : a round-table. In: Cities Methodologies 2013; 23-26 Apr 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Lawrence, David (2013) Collecting and belonging. In: Going Underground : Travel Beneath the Metropolis 1863-2013; 17 - 18 Jan 2013, London, U.K..

Lawrence, David (2011) Six lane highways and the electric sunshine of the motorway cafe. In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination; 31 Aug - 02 Sep 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Lawrence, David [Curator] (2016) Designology. .

Lawrence, David [Curator], Murphy, Simon [Curator], Scott, Liz [Curator] and Premru, Fliss [Curator] (2015) London by design. .

Lawrence, David [Researcher] (2014) Goodbye Piccadilly. Goodbye Piccadilly. .

Moving Image/Broadcast

Jenkins, Jolyon and Lawrence, David [Contributor] (2013) Hard shoulder, soft heart? (BBC Radio 4 Broadcast).


Lawrence, David [Expert] (2016) Battle Bus Learning programme 2016.

Lawrence, David [Researcher] (2014) Remarkable lives. Royal Mail.

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Business, knowledge transfer and international

I am the Kingston School of Art coordinator for Erasmus, Turing and Study abroad programmes, working with colleagues in the University Study Abroad International Learning Team, and across the University. I coordinate new partnerships with educational institutions as part of my role.

Areas of interest

  • International study
  • Knowledge exchange
  • Student and staff exchanges

Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

I am architecture and design consultant to Network Rail, the Design Museum, and the London Transport Museum. I have curated exhibitions for the London Transport Museum, and edited publications for Network Rail and the London Transport Museum. I have been consultant to designers of transport wayfinding systems, and uniform insignia. I am currently contributing knowledge to a project for the National Maritime Museum.

Leadership and management

I currently contribute to Faculty-wide education developments, drawing on former roles as a head of school and course leader. My Erasmus coordinator role focusses on managing processes to deliver an enhanced student experience.