Dr Nicky Ryan
Programme Director, Spatial Communication and Contextual & Theoretical Studies
London College of Communication
University of the Arts London
Telephone: 020 7514 6967
Expertise: spatial agency and design, role of culture in regeneration, museums, the market and curating, design histories, cultures and theories, contemporary patronage and philanthropy, branded spaces
About: Nicky is Programme Director in the School of Design responsible for the academic leadership and management of the Spatial Communication and Contextual & Theoretical Studies Programme which includes BA (Hons) Design Cultures, BA (Hons) Spatial Design, BA (Hons) Interior Design, FDA Interior Design, BA (Hons) Surface Design, FDA Surface Design, MDes Service Design Innovation and the cross-course provision of Contextual & Theoretical Studies units. Before her career in education, Nicky worked in fashion as a self-taught designer/maker followed by jobs in fashion retailing in the areas of buying, marketing, visual merchandising and merchandise management. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies were in the History of Art and Architecture and her doctoral thesis examined the relationship between museums and the market. Nicky has delivered a range of book chapters, articles, refereed journals and conference proceedings on the above and is currently completing a book on contemporary patronage for Ashgate. Recent publications include ‘Art and urban renewal: Public and private developments in Las Vegas’, The Marketing Review, (Dec 2013), pp. 283-295; ‘Review of Serpentine Sackler Gallery’, Museums Journal, (Dec 2013), pp.50-53. ‘Patronage’ in Fashion and Art (Berg, 2012); pp. 155-167; and ‘Lobby Living’ in Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior (Berg, 2011), pp.209-230.
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