Richard Coyne is animated by the cultural, social and spatial implications of computers and pervasive digital media. He enjoys architecture, writing, blogging, designing, philosophy, coding and media mashups.
Richard’s research is conducted within the Digital Media Design research group. He collaborates with John Lee, Martin Parker and a team of about 10 PhD students and research associates. Research themes interact with project work in a suite of digital MSc programmes.
Richard researches and teaches in information technology in practice, computer-aided design in architecture, the philosophy of information technology, digital media, and design theory. He inaugurated the MSc in Design and Digital Media, in which he also teaches. Richard is Academic Director of the MSc in Design and Digital Media, and Programme Director of the MSc by Research in Digital Media and Culture.
- MSc in Design and Digital Media
- MSc by Research in Digital Media and Culture
Richard is author of several books on the implications of information technology and design with MIT Press and Routledge. His research has been supported by AHRC, EPSRC and SCRAN.
Richard’s research demonstrates the value of a broad interdisciplinary framework for examining the relationship between computing, design, and contemporary cultural theories. He is currently investigating the way we configure spaces through the use of pervasive mobile devices, such as smartphones, iPods and GPS. Richard is developing this theme through the sonic metaphor of tuning and phenomenological concepts of mood. He recently completed a book for the Routledge Thinkers for Architects series entitled Derrida for Architects, and is co-investigator on a major funded project on mobility and aging entitled Mobility, Mood and Place.
- Dean of Postgraduate Research in the College of Humanities and Social Science (2013-)
- Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment (2008-2011)
- Member of the AHRC review panel: Visual Arts and Media (practice, history and theory) (until 2008)
- Member of the RAE Architecture and Built Environment subpanel 30 (2007-8)
- Member of the REF Architecture, Built Environment and Town Planning subpanel (C16) (2014)
- Member of the editorial board of arq: Architectural Research Quarterly
- Member of the Board of Governors of Edinburgh College of Art (2008-2011)
- Chair of RIBA Research Awards judging panel (2007-2009)
- Member of the Higher Education Academy
He is a registered architect (Australia), and previously worked at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne. Richard was Head of the Architecture Department from 1999 to 2002 and was recently Director of the Graduate School of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment. He was Head of the School of Arts, Culture and Environment from 2007 to 2011. He is a member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland), the HEA (Higher Education Academy), a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts), and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.