Dr. Paul Thompson

Vice-Chancellor ∙ Royal College of Art ∙ UK

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Dr. Paul Thompson

Vice-Chancellor ∙ Royal College of Art ∙ UK

Dr Paul Thompson is Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, the internationally renowned art and design university, appointed in 2009. Prior to this, Dr Thompson was Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (2001–9), and Director of the Design Museum in London (1993–2001). He is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

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26 Jun ∙ University Business

Profile: Paul Thompson

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InnovationRCA company, Concrete Canvas, has disrupted the construction industry with its product – concrete on a roll: simply unroll and just add water.

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The RCA’s flagship Battersea campus will feature a Studio Building with three floors of studios above workshops ranging from traditional crafts to robotics.

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The Rausing Research Centre will house the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and InnovationRCA.

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The new campus will feature a double-height covered street hangar space for large-scale objects to be assembled and exhibited.

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The new campus will feature areas for students to congregate.

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A visualisation of fashion studios in the new flagship campus.

InnovationRCA company, Roli, has created reimagined what a keyboard could do with their product ‘Seaboard’.

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