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Kevin Walker

Royal College of Art
Head of Information Experience Design

Kevin Walker leads the new Information Experience Design programme at the Royal College of Art in London (http://ied.rca.ac.uk). He is a researcher, designer, writer and artist working at the boundaries of digital and physical – specifically in curation and computation in physical spaces, grounded in cognitive and cultural theory. Author of Hackers and Slackers (2012), co-editor of Digital Technologies and the Museum Experience (2008), his background is in journalism, design, interactive media and education research.

Kevin studied journalism and media, before moving into advertising and graphic design in the 1980s. He obtained a BA in Anthropology and Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, before working in radio. He then gained a Masters in Interactive Telecommunication from New York University, focusing on physical computing, applying this subsequently as Senior Software Designer for Exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in the late 1990's.

Since then Kevin has continued to design museum exhibits and media as well as work with artists to help them realise their technical ambitions. Kevin moved to London in 2003 to pursue doctoral research in Museums and Technology, completing this in 2010. Simultaneously he participated in funded research projects involving sensor networks, mobile technologies and science education. Before coming to RCA, he served as Course Director of the MRes in Information Environments at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and worked as an artist.