Dr David Lawrence
School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Associate Professor
I am industry-grown and architect-trained with a doctorate; I am a widely published writer of architectural and design histories, with a formidable focus on the practice of teaching and research. My research interests lie in all places where people, design and movement meet, from the modernist period to contemporary culture, and in critical theory. I am especially interested in architecture, interiors, three-dimensional, branding and graphical design for organised systems of human enterprise, be they as specific as transportation in cities, or as representations of leisure and class in popular culture. This directed portfolio of engagement directly informs my teaching methodology and pedagogic practice, and is part of the rich resource of material which I have consistently applied to my teaching activities across three dimensional design courses in architecture, interior design, and design history. Furthermore, it has enabled be to build extensive networks which directly enrich and transform the experience of my students, through the educational context and content I provide for them.
Museum Gallery industry; Interior Design History, Theory, Practice; Art & Design History, Theory & Practice; brand design and identity; urban design; architecture; infrastructure design; sustainability; research studies; cars and culture; design for transport; design and culture of the everyday.
Teaching areas & responsibilities
School leadership; course director MA Museum and Gallery Studies; Interior Design History, Theory, Practice; Art & Design History, Theory & Practice; brand design and identity; urban design; architecture; infrastructure design; sustainability; research studies; cars and culture.
- 2014 - presentHonorary Research Fellow, London Transport Museum
- 2011 - presentFellow, Royal Geographic Society
Educational and professional qualifications
- 2002Doctor of Philosophy
- 2000Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture
- 1997BA(Hons) Architecture
Conferences & events
Regular broadcaster on television and radio.
2015 Contributing author to catalogue for international EXPO 2015.
2015 Partner with English Heritage and National trust on Stonehenge 20th Century project.
2014 Contributing curator, London Transport Museum new Design Gallery 2014-2016.
2014 Contributing curator, 'Goodbye Piccadilly' exhibition, London Transport Museum, May 2014-March 2015.
Partnership with National Maritime Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of London, Institute of Contemporary Art through MA Museum & Gallery Studies.
2014 Consultant to Royal Mint.
2014 Author and Researcher to Royal Mail.
2000-current Consultant to motorway service area industry.
Research groups & programmes
Lawrence, David (2016) Book preview: British Rail Design 1948-97 by David Lawrence. Design Week,
Lawrence, David, Taylor, Sheila [Editor] and Green, Oliver [Author of introduction, etc.] (2015) The moving metropolis: a history of London's transport since 1800. 2nd ed. London, U.K. : Laurence King. 448p. ISBN 9781780676715
Lawrence, David, ed. (2014) Omnibus : a social history of the London bus. London, U.K. : London Transport Museum. 292p. ISBN 9781871829235
Lawrence, David (2010) Food on the move: the extraordinary world of the motorway service area. London, U.K. : Between Books with Donlon Books. 192p. ISBN 9780953698011
Lawrence, David (1999) Always a welcome: the glove compartment history of the motorway service area. Twickenham, U.K. : Between Books. 112p. ISBN 0953698009
Lawrence, David (2007) Preview. In: Hardingham, Samantha and Rattenbury, Kester, (eds.) Supercrit #2 Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Learning from Las Vegas. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9780415434140
Lawrence, David (2004) The motorway service station. In: Holder, Julian and Parissien, Steve, (eds.) The architecture of British transport in the twentieth century. New Haven, U.S. : Yale University Press. pp. 219-244. (Studies in British art, no. 13) ISBN 0300106246
Conference or Workshop Item
Barnes, Paul, Dixon, Catherine, Lawrence, David, Inglis, Theo, Henning, Wallace and Fleming, Martha (2016) Trains and fonts and double arrows : design and identity for railways. In: Eye Magazine's Type Tuesday; 22 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Dennis, Richard, Merrill, Sam, Carlos, Galviz, Mullins, Sam and Lawrence, David (2013) Under London by rail : memory, the archive and heritage : a round-table. In: Cities Methodologies 2013; 23-26 Apr 2013, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Lawrence, David (2011) Six lane highways and the electric sunshine of the motorway cafe. In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with the Institute of British Geographers (IBG) Annual International Conference 2011: The Geographical Imagination; 31 Aug - 02 Sep 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)