Research

MOVE has worked on numerous research studies, primarily in the fields of Inclusive Design, Mobility and Urbanism. Many of these projects have been undertaken with the Royal College of Art.

John has been involved with the Royal College of Art for over twenty years. He was originally a SRC Research Scholar, obtaining a PhD in Design Research. He was a Design Tutor in the School of Architecture and Interiors, and later joined the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design as a Research Fellow. John has also been a visiting Professor at the Vienna Academy of Applied Arts and taught at several leading universities, including Cambridge, Durham and the Helsinki University of Art and Design.

The RCA's Helen Hamlyn Centre is internationally renowned for research into the design of environments and products that better respond to the needs of age and disability. John supervised a series of research projects on mobility and accessibility in transport and other environments. The guiding principle was one of Inclusive Design i.e. to design environments that work well for the whole population, rather than making separate provision for people with diverse physical and cognitive abilities. This work included studies of airport terminals, stations and transport interchanges.

All these design research projects were supervised by John and part funded by the Helen Hamlyn Foundation. Funding was also provided by professional, industry and charitable organisations.

Metricity: A study of new measures of urban density

Description: High density development at transport nodes
Research Associate: Paul Clarke
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: Arup, Urban Buzz (UCL), 3D Reid, Child Graddon Lewis, Fletcher Priest Trust, BCO
2006-2008

interchangeABLE: Generating a set of design elements for the urban transport interchange

Description: A study of how urban design can enhance the development potential of the transport interchange
Research Associate: Fiona Scott
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partner: Scott Brownrigg
2002-2003

Process to Pleasure: Wayfinding principles for the airport terminal

Description: A three-year study into inclusive design principles at Heathrow Airport
Research Associates: Karen Adcock, Carl Turner, Samson Adjei & Pascal Anson
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partner: BAA
1999-2002

Welcoming Workplace: Designing office space for an ageing workforce in the 21st century knowledge economy

Description: Guidance for architects and developers
Research Author: Dr John F Smith
Research Partners: Arts & Humanities Research Council, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, BCO, Kinnarps
2007-2008

Capture It

Description: A study of future workplace design for the multi-generational knowledge worker
Research Associates: Harriet Harriss and Suzi Winstanley
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: IDEO, Steelcase, DEGW
2004-2005

Kitchen Tales

Description: A study of the impact of social and technological change on urban living spaces
Research Associates: Juri Nishi and Sheila Qureshi
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partner: MFI
2004-2005

Blighted Landscapes

Description: Development of a design framework for regeneration of a London housing estate
Research Associate: Matthew Dearlove
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: Targetti
2003-2004

places please: a temporary environment to enhance team working

Description: Development of a component based system to enhance the collaborative experience and enable organisations to innovate more effectively
Research Associate: Greg Epps
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partner: IDEO, Steelcase
2002-2004

light.urban.landscape: lighting strategies for regenerating the city

Description: A study of how public realm lighting can be used to drive the regeneration process within the urban environment
Research Associate: Harry Dobbs
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partner: Targetti
2001-2002

e-scape: digital business incubators for social regeneration

Description: e-scape is a study of a business incubator which supports digital start-ups and community regeneration
Research Associate: Jennifer Brown
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: Gestetner, Geoffrey Reid Associates, GMW, Jones Lang LaSalle, Peabody Trust, Roneo Systems Furniture
2000-2001

totalscape: work/live business incubators for the creative industries

Description: A study of how to develop new architectural strategies to help start-up enterprise to grow
Research Associate: Yan Ki Lee
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: Gestetner, Geoffrey Reid Associates, GMW Partnership, Jones Lang LaSalle, Peabody Trust
2000-2001

shared space

Description: A study of new architectural strategies to enhance social dynamics in office buildings.
Research Associate: Kirsteen Mackay
Research Supervisor: Dr. John F Smith
Research Partners: Jones Lang LaSalle
1999-2000

Location
London

Team
Client
Royal College of Art

Design Stages
1993-2010
Research

Awards