Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough Design School

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Stuart Cockbill

Doctoral Researcher & Glendonbrook Doctoral Fellow

Tel +44 (0)1509 223587

Location LDS 2.22

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Background

Background

After a completing two Master’s Degrees in design related disciplines, Stuart joined Loughborough University as a Doctoral Researcher in October 2012.

Undertaking a Master of Design Degree in Consumer Product Design at Coventry University, Stuart developed product design skills working from concept generation; creating high quality visuals of design concepts through to full engineering drawings packages.   Upon graduation, Stuart was afforded sponsorship to continue in academia and to obtain a Master of Science Degree in Inclusive Design, again at Coventry University.

Through studying Inclusive Design, Stuart developed a belief in the core values of inclusivity as a philosophy and a business practice.   In past works, Stuart tested and applied the process of researching and collaborating with varying end users to define explicit and latent needs within the products and environments they inhabit.   These experiments afforded the creation of detailed design briefs for inclusive design concepts with the ultimate goal of affording improved independence through better designed products, services and environments.

Further to studying design, Stuart has also worked for a number of small design consultancies and as a freelance designer across a breadth of design disciplines.   These included design research in tracking and analysing end users’ needs using a variety of current research techniques to developing and delivering hard points for design briefs and specifications. His most recent projects have included reverse engineering tipping skips, creating manufacturing drawings and bills of materials for stainless steel portable bars, using Solidworks for SLS and SLA prototyping, surface modelling and die cutting for automotive press tool design and designing one-off industrial components for individual clients.

Stuart also has Skype and Twitter accounts:    Skype: stu50005 and Twitter: @stu50005

Tel: Mobile: +44 (0)7825 134075

Research

Stuart is currently researching for his PhD where he is most interested in Co-Design; the involvement of wider ranges of end users and stakeholders throughout the complete design process.   His topic is looking at the role Co-Design and it’s variety of methods can play in enhancing decision making with regard to retrofitting older UK housing stock; with an ultimate goal of reducing energy demand and consumption in the UK.

Of particular interest are the ranges of Co-Design activities from front end ‘fuzzy’ design research and concept generation techniques through to high fidelity prototype creation and testing.   This will ultimately result in the testing of concepts for a decision support tool that will be enhanced through the introduction of Co-Design techniques.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Andrew May ( Design School ) & Dr Steven Firth ( School of Civil & Building Engineering )

Thesis title / topic

Co-Design, Decision Making and Decision Support Tools for Retrofit Smart Home Materials and Technologies.

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