Miss Lisa Thurlow

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: Ext 6481

E: lisa.thurlow@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Lisa is a lecturer within the School of Design and a commercial interior design practitioner. Her teaching across under and post-graduate courses includes Interior, Fashion & Textiles, Footwear Design, Fashion Buying Marketing & Management, Design Management, Design Entrepreneurship, research methodologies and academic writing. She also teaches NVivo software for qualitative research.

Lisa's PhD (2019) used Grounded Theory to consider the cause, symptoms and management of sketch inhibition among under-graduate designers across multiple disciplines; an issue commonplace within education but little addressed by the academy worldwide. As a result, she has become one of a very few specialists engaging with the phenomenon in design higher education, publishing some of the most contemporary work in respect of this. She has a BA Hons in Art & Design from Suffolk College (1996) and an MA in Design & Manufacture from De Montfort University (1997).

Her interests include design cognition and visual learning pedagogies, developing tools for students with learning differences and international students for whom such approaches are beneficial. She runs workshops in design process sketching and inhibition management as part of her consultancy and is currently working on various related publications.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Art and Design

Research interests/expertise

Design education, design cognition, sketch inhibition, pedagogic tools for reducing inhibited behaviours. Drawing for design. Design process. Visual learning pedagogies. Practice-based research. Curriculum design & development.

Areas of teaching

Interiors, fashion & textiles, footwear, cross disciplinary design, design management, design entrepreneurship, design history & cultures. Research methodologies, project management, academic writing. NVivo qualitative software.


Courses taught

MA Design Entrepreneurship, MA Design Management, MA Design Management, MA Interior Design, MA Fashion & Textiles, BA Interior Design, BA Fashion Management & Marketing,

Honours and awards

Nominated for a Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award 2017.

Membership of professional associations and societies

SFHEA since April 2018 - registration number PR125590

Consultancy work

Reviewer for Wiley Publishing: International Journal of Art & Design Education

External Examiner, University of South Wales, (tenure from 2019-24), BA Hons Interior Design

Lisa runs workshops in sketch inhibition and its management within design higher education. As a commercial interior & exhibition designer since 1997, her clients include Epson, Pfeizer, Avis, Westminster College, Wellington College, Sodexo. She has also been a higher education consultant since 2008.

Published patents

Papers to date:

Thurlow, L, (2019) A Framework for the Management of Sketch Inhibition in Higher Education (in press)

Thurlow, L (2019) The Project Pyramid: a tool for visual learners (in press)

Thurlow, L, Ford, P, Hudson, G, (2018) Skirting the sketch: analysis of sketch inhibition within contemporary design education. International Journal of Art and Design Education, Wiley.

Thurlow, L, & Ford, P, (2018) An analysis of sketch inhibition within contemporary design education, Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol 6, No.9, pp.2036-2046.

Thurlow, L, & Ford, P, (2018) Ideal ideation: a framework for the management of sketch inhibition among undergraduate designers. International Design Conference 2018, Dubrovnik, pp.2517–2528.

Thurlow, L., & Ford, P, (2017) Where have all the ideas gone? An anatomy of sketch inhibition among student designers, Conference of the Design Management Academy 2017, Hong Kong, Vol 5, pp.1703-1718

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