Professor Catherine McDermott


In 2015, I won a National Teaching Fellowship award and, in 2016, the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for developing ways that design is curated and communicated.

Previously, in 2000, I established the MA Curating Contemporary Design programme in partnership with the Design Museum; the course created a talented generation of curators worldwide.

My practice focuses on interdisciplinary curating, exploring cultural dialogue and emerging roles for curators. A major recent project was the completion of Dream Lab, a collaborative science-based curating platform delivered in partnership with the British Council, the Royal College of Art and the Science Museum. In 2012, Dream Lab was broadened into a live project which included the participation of over 60 of China's leading universities.

Current research includes the Future of The Graduate Show, exploring how the degree show might best serve emerging talent.

I am also the Secretary of ICOM UK. 

Academic responsibilities

Design Professor


  • BA Hons
  • MA
  • PrincipalTeaching Fellow HEA
  • National Teaching Fellow