Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips is a designer and engineer with 30 years’ experience in the development of innovative environments, products and services. He studied at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge. He tutors on the Service Design programme at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College alongside his role at Design Science.

Dan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been a member of a number of institutional advisory groups on cities, sustainability and the built environment. He also works with Imperial College Healthcare Trust on quality improvement in health education, with Chelsea and Westminster NHS on medical team support during emergencies, and Aalto University on new models of learning and creative development.

Dan’s area of interest is the need to align community and organisational innovation with a commitment to equitable and sustainable development.

‘Technology and economic levers alone are poor masters. Systemic transformation is best achieved through empathic design, deep technical appreciation of the tools that we use to engage with each other and a clear understanding of the feedback between culture, technology and the environment on our attitudes and behaviours’, says Dan.

Key projects that Dan has developed while at the Royal College of Art include new partnerships with Mind, the national health charity, initially looking at mental resilience in young people and with the Finance Innovation Lab, on Trust and the future of Audit in the 21st century.

Previously, Dan was Director for Sustainability at Buro Happold, ran his own design and innovation practice, the SEA, and worked with Arup on large scale built environment projects around the world.

At the SEA, major projects and clients included brand and service innovation for Orange and France Telecom, behaviour change services for young diabetics with NHS Scotland, a novel education platform for museums and schools with the Department for Culture Media and Sports, strategic environmental consultancy for Southwark Council, Whitby Bird and the Building Research Establishment, a range of shoes for Camper, as well as design & innovation services for a number of start ups.