At UCA we’re pleased to be welcoming a new team of highly regarded visiting professors this September. Advertising professional Rory Sutherland, designer Tony Brook and architecture professor Michael Benedikt will take up their posts within our Advertising, Graphic Design and Architecture departments respectively.
Rory Sutherland is Vice Chairman of the Ogilvy & Mather Group, where he’s co-founded Ogilvychange, a behavioural science practice which looks for ‘butterfly effects’ in consumer behaviour. Before founding Ogilvychange, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He’s been President of the IPA, Chair of the Judges for the Direct Jury at Cannes, and has spoken at TED Global. He writes regular columns for the Spectator, Market Leader and Impact, as well as occasional pieces for Wired.
Tony Brook is a designer and publisher who, in 1992, established the multidisciplinary design studio Spin. Working in print, motion graphics and digital design, Spin creates inspiring and contemporary corporate identities (and it was Spin who shaped UCA’s new brand identity, capturing our pride in making, collaboration and creativity). In 1984, Tony joined the design agency Shoot That Tiger! followed by Icon in 1989 and Crimson in 1991, before setting up Spin with his partner Patricia Finegan in 1992. SInce then, Spin has expanded in size and influence, focusing on the branding of large clients including Channel 4, the Whitechapel Gallery, Diesel, Levi’s, MTV, the Design Museum, Nike, Five, Crafts Council and More4.
Tony also co-founded Unit Editions, an independent publishing venture producing high quality books on graphic design and visual culture. An avid collector of graphic design, Tony curated a major retrospective of the work of the Dutch designer Wim Crouwel, Wim Crouwel – A Graphic Odyssey, at the Design Museum in London in 2011. In 2006, Tony was admitted to the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 2006, and spent five years as president of the UK chapter of AGI.
Professor Michael Benedikt holds the Hal Box Chair in Urbanism and is the Director of The Center for American Architecture and Design at The University of Texas at Austin, where he’s taught design studio and design theory since 1975. He’s a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and of Yale University. He’s practised architecture both in medium-sized firms and on his own, with a number of buildings to his credit in Austin. He’s also Executive Editor of the award-winning book series CENTER: Architecture and Design in America.
Michael has been a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University; a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation's Study Center in Bellagio, Italy; Colin Clipson Fellow at the University of Michigan; and J. L. Constant Professor at the University of Kansas. He’s published over 120 articles in national journals and chapters in edited books, and has delivered over 95 invited lectures in the U.S. and abroad on architectural practice, design theory and research, computing, art, theology, and ethics.
In 2003, The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture awarded Michael the Teacher of Year Award, and in 2004 the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) named him a Distinguished Professor.
Professor Michael Benedikt
At UCA, a steady stream of visiting lecturers from across the creative and commercial world ensures that your learning experience is enriched with a variety of industry-informed perspectives. Discover some of the other companies associated with our courses here.