Dr Anastasios Maragiannis BA Hons, PGCE, MA, PhD, FRSA, PFHEA

Deputy Head of School of Design

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Anastasios Maragiannis

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis

Deputy Head of School of Design


An international awarded design-researcher and academic Dr Anastasios Maragiannis is the Deputy Head School of Design and Associate Professor in Inclusive Design. He is an experienced senior academic with significant knowledge of Art and Design Higher Education and Creative industries with leadership both in the UK and overseas. 

An inspiring and innovative, strategic thinker with effective communicating skills. Internationally awarded designer (IIID), global academic and innovative practice-researcher, with international research exploring and understanding the fundamentals of design diversity and inclusivity, He is leading the d+iD – diversity + inclusivity by Design Research Lab focusing on "Designing with and for 'others'" through Interdisciplinary co-design practices and explores how design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language, and age.  His practice-research work outputs showcased in various places including the V&A Museum, London Design Festival and various academic journals and books. 

Anastasios is currently the Deputy Chair of the Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts (DRHA) international organisation and External Examiner and advisor for various Institutions. He has also taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Kingston University, UEL, Goldsmiths, The University of London, University of Arts, London, and in various international institutions including Politecnico di Milano-Italy, Athens School of Fine Arts-Greece, Paris 8-France, FPT University-Vietnam. He has also participated and chaired various international conferences including TYPECON in USA, TYPOBERLIN in Germany, DRHA in China, ISEA in Turkey, Australia and Canada.

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis has been one of the five facilitators on the international research project titled: "Design in Space for Life on Earth", organised by the World Design Organization (WDO)® and the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, where space industry leaders and researchers joined together with designers to explore potential solutions to make our life on earth more inclusive.

Since October 2020 is a Visiting professor at the World University of Design, New Delhi, India.

Responsibilities within the university

Elected member of the Academic Council representing the School Heads in the University council.

Academic Portfolio leader (TEF)

TNE Lead Art and Design

T&L EDI - HEA Mentor and Examiner

Awards

2020 - International Institute for Information Design (IIID) awards - Practice Research
The Research project on diversity and inclusivity by design, based in the school of Design and led by Dr Anastasios Maragiannis achieves global recognition by UNESCO partner organisation. The research is recognised by the prestigious International Institute for Information Design (IIID) awards, which celebrate information designers' contribution to society. The awards, which take place every three years, look for evidence of where designers have applied creativity and design thinking to solve complex communication problems with a view to improving aspects of human life.

2019 – NWE IMPACT EU AWARD for the Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills (EYES)" project, at the latest Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) impact awards in France.

2017 - Highly Commend Research Poster

2013 - Staff member of the year- Recognition Award – University of Greenwich

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIp

IIID Member - International Institute for Information Design
AIGA Member - the professional association for design (USA)
Member of The International Council of Graphic Design Associations, (ICOGRADA)
Member of D&AD, University Network Membership, (UK)

Recognition

  • Visiting Professor World University of Design, New Delhi, India (2020)
  • Visiting Professor Politecnico di Milano, Italy (2019)
  • MISTD - Elected Member of the International Society of Typographic Designers 
  • MInstLM - Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management
  • PFHEA - Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy;  
  • Deputy Chair DRHA (Research & Enterprise) Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts International Organisation
  • FRSA – Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Maragiannis is available for Research PhD supervision.

Currently Supervising 3 Students (Design, Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

Anastasios is currently the leader for the diversity + inclusivity by design Research lab. Research explores how design inclusively engages people deeply throughout the design process, to share our practices and to amalgamate people's unique knowledge into design interventions, where design acts inclusively regardless of disability, gender, ethnicity, vulnerability, language and age. Through Collaboration Research the lab is exploring the changing digital landscape; the conceptualisation of design practices and redefining the communication process through co-design processes. Find out more at Diversityinclusivity.design

Keywords: Co-design, Participatory Design, Practice research, Interdisciplinary Design, gender, Diversity, Inclusion

Current Funded research projects participation

Key funded projects

EYES - The EYES EU funded research project (£4m) brings together 4 bilingual training sites and prepare 25 coaches to run the pilots in the Ruhr area, Greater London, Flemish triangle, European Metropolis of Lille, and Tilburg, supported by a common helpdesk.

Diversity+Inclusivity by Design: Empowering Individuals Research Project (Supported by Cyprus Embassy UK

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis has been one of the five worldwide facilitators on the international research project titled: "Design in Space for Life on Earth", organised by the World Design Organization (WDO)® and the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, where in space industry leaders and researchers joined together with designers to explore potential solutions to make our life on earth more inclusive.

Media activity

Press/ Media activity:

Recent publications

  •  Maragiannis, A. and Ashford, R., 2019. Diversity and Inclusivity in the Age of Wearables: A Buzzword, a Myth, an Uncertain Reality. Body, Space & Technology, 18(1), pp.198–214. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/bst.320
  • Maragiannis, A., 2017-2020. Diversity and Inclusivity by Design Exhibition Portfolio. The outcomes of the research include a collection of artefacts; 1 exhibition catalogue (ISBN: 978-0-244-17350-0); 1 research book publication funded by Ministry of Culture Cyprus Embassy London; an educational film (TED-ed); a series of specialist talks; Three International panel discussions; a trilogy of International exhibitions in London, Athens and Malta, part of London, Design Festival; 2 policies for International Organisations.
  • Papadaki, Elena , Maragiannis, Anastasios and Chatzichristodoulou, Maria (2018) Digital Cultural Heritage in the 'land of the ancient': the case of Greece (panel discussion). In: DRHA 2018 - Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage, 9-12 September 2018, Valletta, Malta.
  • Jefferies, J., Maragiannis, A. (2015) 'Twitter': Practice in Writing : A recipe for Creativity & Creative Interpretation, Vancouver, ISBN:978-1-910172-00-1
  • Maragiannis, A, (2015). Digital Grand Challenge research Projects http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/digitalgrandchallenge/publications/
  • Maragiannis, A, 2015. Full Papers Proceedings, London LULU, ISBN 978-1-326-38858-4 
  • Maragiannis, A, 2014. Multidisciplinary Design Processes. 2nd ed. London, ISBN 978-1-291-01050-3 
  • Maragiannis, A, 2014. Book of Abstracts DRHA2014. London, ISBN 978-1-291-97878-0
  • Maragiannis, A. (2014) Visual Technologies: Reviewing the way we read and behave on the move DRHA 2014 Conference, University of Greenwich, UK http://www.drha2014.co.uk/?p=902
  • Maragiannis, A. Pitsillides S. (2014) Virtual Embodiment: The turbulent relationship between social media and the self" DRHA 2014 Conference, University of Greenwich, UK 129197878X, pg140
  • Jefferies J., Maragiannis A., Pitsillides. S., Vellonaki, M. (2013) "Mirroring Sherry Turkle: a discussion on authenticity humanity and technology", inCleland,K.,Fisher,L.&Harley,R.(Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475, ISBN: 978-0-646-91313-1
  • Psarras.,V., Pitsillides. S., Maragiannis A., (2013) "Dérive in the digital grid , breaking the search to get lost", inCleland,K.,Fisher,L.&Harley,R.(Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475, ISBN: 978-0-646-91313-1
  • Maragiannis, A, (2011) "How to be Creative: Collaboration in Web 2.0 community with or without text". Generative Art/XIV, pp 57-67, ISBN:9788896610145
    Maragiannis, A., Kanellos, E.,(2011), "TERASlab: Typographical Experimental Research in Audiovisual Spaces", London, BCS, p 275, ISBN 978-1-906124-88-5 (pbk) ISSN 1477-9358 (online)
  • Maragiannis, A., (2009), "Visual Arts and 2D - 3D Motion Typo.graphic Design", London, BCS, pp 192-200, ISBN 978-1-906124-17-5 (pbk) ISSN 1477-9358 (online).