Honorary Fellows & Honorary Doctorates


Honorary Fellows


Nigel Dubben MSc BSc(Econ) MRICS

Fellow of Kingston University

Nigel was, until 2011, Postgraduate Course Director in the School of Surveying and Planning. Nigel originally joined the University in 1984 after a career in project management and land development when he managed a £50m public sector project and numerous shopping centre developments. He was also read more...

Leo Duff

Fellow of Kingston University

Born in Belfast, Leo Duff attended Victoria College with its unusual art department, before moving to Brighton to complete an Art and Design Foundation and undergraduate Communication Design course. After graduating from a postgraduate course in Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London, in read more...

Paul Stafford

Fellow of Kingston University

Paul Stafford was born in 1957, 10 minutes behind Peter, his twin brother. He grew up in a corner shop in Oldham and later moved with his family to Rochdale, where he attended the local college and discovered art. In his element, he progressed to study Fine Art at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, read more...

Honorary Doctorates


Paola Antonelli

Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1994 and is a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by Thresholds: Contemporary Design from the Netherlands (1996), Achille Castiglioni: read more...

Fiona Banner


Much of Fiona Banner’s art explores the problems and possibilities of written language. Her early work appeared as 'wordscapes' or 'still films' - blow-by blow accounts written in her own words of feature films, (whose subjects range from war to porn) or sequences of events. These pieces took the read more...

Peter Bishop

Deputy Chief Executive & Group Director, Design, Development & Environment
London Development Agency

Peter trained in town planning at Manchester University and has spent his entire career working in London.

Over the past 20 years he has been a Planning director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked in major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the read more...

David Chipperfield


David Chipperfield CBE, AA Dipl., RIBA, RDI, Hon.FAI, studied at Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After graduating he worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster.

David Chipperfield Architects has won over 40 national

Lawrence Dallaglio

Former England rugby captain

Capped 85 times for England, Lawrence Dallaglio was a key member of the team that won the inaugural Sevens World Cup in 1993 and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also played on three British and Irish Lions tours, including 1997's victorious series in South Africa. Widely regarded as one of the greatest read more...

Michael Day

Chief Executive
Historic Royal Palaces

Michael Day was born in Nottingham in 1953 and educated at Nottingham High School and the University of Leeds. After graduating with a degree in English, he started his career with the Norfolk Museums Service in 1974 before moving in 1983 to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum as Curator of Social History. read more...

Michele de Lucchi


Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara, Italy and graduated in architecture in Florence. During the period of radical and experimental architecture he was a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis. De Lucchi has designed lamps and furniture for the best known Italian read more...

Matthew Hilton

Furniture Designer

Matthew Hilton, whose work can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Geffrye Museum, says British art and design courses are now world renowned. He studied furniture design at Kingston and originally graduated in 1979. His best known works include his Flipper and Antelope table and the read more...

James Irvine

Designer 1958-2013

James Irvine was born in London in 1958. After graduating from Kingston Polytechnic Design School in 1981, he went on to study at the Royal College of Art, London.

In 1984 he moved to Milan Italy to work as design consultant for Olivetti design studio Milan designing industrial products read more...

Simon Kneen

Creative Director & Executive Vice President, Banana Republic

Mr Kneen first made his mark in the industry specialising in womenswear and childrenswear in Italy, before setting up his own studio and label and serving as a design consultant for top Italian brands. He has been at the forefront of Banana Republic's global design team since 2008 after holding senior read more...

Jasper Morrison


Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959 graduating from Kingston Polytechnic Design School, London in 1982 before going on to study at The Royal College of Art and at Berlin’s HdK on a scholarship.

In 1986 he set up an Office for Design in London and his work gained an impressive read more...

Shelley Page

Head of International Outreach
Dreamworks Animation (USA), London

Shelley Page has been working in the field of feature animation since 1986 and is currently Head of International Outreach for DreamWorks Animation (USA) based in London.

Shelley studied at Kingston University and was awarded a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design. Her career in animation began read more...