curriculum vitae


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Pulley completed a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art in 2019. His research focused upon the role of creative practice in primary education. Robert is also an award-winning furniture designer-maker with extensive professional experience in higher education. He was subject leader for three dimensional design at Ravensbourne; dean of art and design at Falmouth; and principal at West Dean, a postgraduate college of the University of Sussex. Pulley is a visiting lecturer at the RCA where he teaches research students and innovation design students. In January 2020, Robert was invited to give a key address at the Indian Institute of Technology conference ‘Designing for Children’, based in Mumbai.


2019                 PhD (RCA) Innovation Design Engineering

1994                 MBA (Open University)

1981                 MDes (RCA) Furniture Design



2016 cont.          Visiting Lecturer: Royal College of Art (MRes and MA Programmes)

2013-15             Head of School: Craft and Design, UCA Farnham

2000-12             Principal, West Dean College

1994-2000         Dean of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts

1989-1994         Subject Leader, 3-Dimensional Design, Ravensbourne College



2012 cont.          Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2013 cont.          Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

2010 cont.          Member of Advisory Board, Craft Research (since 2010)



Keynote address:
Pulley, R., Hall, A, Burkitt, E. (2020), ‘Blueprint Exchange’, Conference paper for ‘Designing for Children with focus on Play and Learn’, IDC School of Design, IITB, Mumbai

Work selected for exhibition by AHRC Design Leadership:
Pulley, R. (2019), Design Research for Change Showcase 2019, Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6DR

PhD thesis:
Pulley, R. (2019) ‘Theatre of the Imagination’ (doctoral thesis). Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Work in Progress at the Royal College of Art:
Pulley, R. (2018) ‘Theatre of the Imagination’. Royal College of Art, London, UK. [Online] Available at (password: Theatre): [Accessed on 20th August 2018]

Article for ‘Does Design Care’ symposium, University of Lancaster:
Pulley, R. and Moradi, H. (2017) ‘My father was a great furniture designer.’ In: “Does Design Care?” An International Workshop of Design Thought and Action Imagination, 12 & 13 September 2017. Lancaster: Lancaster University.

Paper: ‘LearnXDesign’ at Ravensbourne College:
Pulley, R., Hall, A. and Burkitt, E. (2017) Make Your Move: Exploring a Pedagogic Toolkit for Creative Development and Global Learning in Primary Education. London: Ravensbourne Publications. [Online] Available at: [Accessed on: 20th August 2018]

Paper: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future:
Ashley Hall, Mike Khan, Laura Ferrarello and Robert Pulley (2017). Encouraging Creative Risk to Reduce Risk to Life. International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 7 September, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway [pp. 44-49]

Paper for Ministry of Design colloquium at University of the West Indies:
Pulley, R. (2015) ‘Theatre of the Imagination’: Blueprint Exchange. In: From Cottage Industry to State Enterprise [eds. Noel, L.A. and Poy, M.L.] [Volume 2, pp.205-227]

Exhibition and gallery workshop at UCA, Farnham:
Hylton, R. and Pulley, R. (2014) Theatre of the Imagination, [Online] Available from(password: Theatre): [Accessed: 25th August 2018]

Article for Craft Research (Intellect Journal)
Pulley, R. (2011) ‘Feeling Good’. Craft Research 2, pp. 97-114

Collaborative paper with IITB:
Sen, A., Poovaiah, R. and Pulley, R. (2009) ‘Across the Web: The Colours of India as a cross-cultural collaborative initiative for learning’, IIT Bombay: Design Thoughts, July, pp. 8-23. Sen, A. [Online], Available: [Accessed: 18th Jan 2018]


Pulley and Pulley designers (established 1981)
Furniture and products designed and made for Conran Associates, David Davies Associates, Peter Leonard Associates, Michael Peters and Partners, The Design Council, Gordon Russell PLC, Spitting Image Studios, British Airports Authority, British Telecom, The British Council, 3M, Falmouth College of Arts, and West Dean College.

2011                 West Dean College reception area and bedrooms

2008                 Valet Chair designed for study bedrooms at West Dean College

1999                 Furniture design for studios at Falmouth College of Arts

1996                 Exhibition Design for Met Studio in Taiwan

1990                 Auditorium seating system designed for Koski Solomon Architects

1989                 Conference Chair designed for Gordon Russell PLC (exhibited in Cologne)

1984                 Work for British Council Exhibition ‘Young British Designers’ in Vienna

1983                 ‘Designers Make It’ work exhibited in the Design Council Gallery, London

1983                 Pulley and Pulley: one man show at Aspects Gallery, London

1983                 ‘Young British Designers’: Work selected by Bernard Gay at Camden Arts

1982                 V Table selected by RCA for Printemps exhibition, Paris

1981                 Design Council Award and product selection

1981                 Crafts Council Award and setting-up grant

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