Royal College of Art at Future Cities Forum


We are delighted that the Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, Dr Paul Thompson will be speaking at our 'Art and Cities' forum in March. Dr Thompson is leading the development of a significant investment programme that will secure the RCA's future academic vision as well as a new state of the art building at Battersea South, delivering new studios, workshops and incubator units for business innovation.

Dr Thompson was appointed to his position at the RCA in 2009. Prior to this he was Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York (2001 - 2009), and Director of the Design Museum in London (1993 - 2001). He is a Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Having completed a PhD at the University of East Anglia in 1987, Paul worked as a researcher for the Design Council, then at the Design Museum, where he was Curator of Contemporary Design, then Chief Curator, before becoming the Museum's Director in 1992. During his tenure, exhibitions such as 'Charlotte Perriand: Modernist Pioneer and Modern Britain 1929 -1939', boosted visitor numbers and won critical scholarly acclaim.