Ms. Kathryn Victoria Best | American University of Sharjah


Teaching areas

Design Management, Innovation & Strategy, Studio Design Project.

Research areas

Design Innovation, Systemic Change, Design and Wellbeing, Creative and Cultural Enterprise.


MA, Drawing As Process, Kingston University, United Kingdom, 2005
MS, Computer Aided Design, Strathclyde University, United Kingdom, 1994
PGD, Diparch Architecture, Heriot-Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom, 1992
BArc, Barch Honours, Herrot-Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom, 1991

Professional experience

Research Fellow In Design Innovation, Institute For Design Innovation, Loughborough University in London, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017
Thought Leadership, Public Speaker, Author, Kathryn Best Design Management Consultancy, 2009 - 2017
Subject Expert/course Leader, Design Management And Cultures, University of the Arts London (UAL), United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017
Research Professor, Crossmedia, Brand, Design And Reputation Management, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, 2009 - 2012
Senior Designer, Brand Environments, Wolff Olins, London, United Kingdom, 1999 - 2011
Researcher / Course Leader In Design Management (graduate And Undergraduate), University for the Creative Arts, United Kingdom, 2001 - 2009
Rtkl Global Architecture And Design, 1998 - 1999


Freedom of the City of London, United Kingdom, 1 June 2012
Design Management Institute, 1 December 2002
Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts, RSA, International, 1 August 2001
Royal College of Art Society, London United Kingdom, 1 December 2000
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