Senior Tutor (2005-8)
Brendan originally trained as an aeronautical engineer and worked for British Aerospace Military Aircraft for five years. He then completed an art foundation course, followed by an MA in Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art. He now runs his own creative practice AERiAL, specialising in electromechanical installations, and undertakes both art and commercial commissions. Since 1997 he has combined his professional practice with working in the Computer Related Design research studio - later Interaction Design - at the RCA, and more recently helping to establish the department in its new incarnation as Design Interactions.
Since 2001 Brendan has defined his own design research domain, chromo11: engineering the thrill, funded by both the AHRB and Wellcome Trust. He originally wanted to understand his romance with moving structures, and their potential to thrill. However, this led him to ask a more fundamental question; can design effectively elicit an emotional response? In chromo11 he attempts to answer this question by drawing on his collective experience in art, design, science and engineering to explore the phenomenon of thrill.
Chromo11: Engineering the Thrill
Fairground: Thrill Laboratory
Airphoria: Terminal 1