Martin Conreen is a lecturer in design. He received his BA from Goldsmiths College in Fine Art/Sculpture in 1984.His interest in materials and making, led him to work in numerous design fields including furniture design, silver smithing, set building and shoe making to name but a few. He came to the Goldsmiths Design department first as a visiting tutor, later becoming Head of Department up until July 2005.
Martin’s research has focused upon material culture, human behavior and the role of objects in human relationships. Martin’s research interests also include contemporary art, emerging materials and methods of production in art and design. He currently has an LCASE funded project “What goes around comes around” to investigate the use of non-traditional snap fast materials (ecological and non-toxic) for rota-moulding proto-types.
He has contributed to the development of several new BA and MA programmes. Most recently a new degree programme with the Engineering Department of Queen Mary University to bridge the gap between Engineering, Art and Design. From Oct 2005 - Oct 2006 he has been appointed a visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. In 2006 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.