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About The Art & Design Research Institute

ADRI is the home of research in art, design, visual culture and electronic arts, comprising world leading research and innovative practice at Middlesex University.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 25% of our research in art and design, and over 50% of our research in the history of art and design, was graded "world leading" or "internationally excellent".

Our research has attracted funding from major grant-awarding bodies, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, and the Paul Mellon Foundation.

Our curatorial work includes important collections of computer arts materials, as well as collections related to home decoration and furnishing, whilst the critical history of ADRI reaches back through several decades of ground-breaking cultural criticism.

We currently have a vibrant community of over 40 research students pursuing a range of projects in the history, practice and theory of art and design. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively, and we currently have projects with the ICA, MODA, National Maritime Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum and Tate.

ADRI comprises eight research clusters: Art practice as Investigation; Community Practices; Design and urban Cultures; Diaspora, Difference and Other Cultures; Electronic and Digital Arts; Feminist Practice and Theory; Interior: Fashion; Visual Culture and Curating.

The current head of ADRI is Prof Suzanne Buchan.

Contacts and Areas of Responsibility

Director of ADRI:
Dr Suzanne Buchan, Professor of Animation Aesthetics
E-mail: s.buchan[at]
ADRI Team:

Jon Bird, Professor of Art and Critical Theory
E-mail: j.x.bird[at]

Emma Dick, Lecturer in the History and Theory of Fashion and Textiles and ADRI seminar series coordinator
E-mail: e.dick[at]

Dr Catherine Dormor, Lecturer in Visual Culture: Fashion; Research Coordinator: Fashion and ADRI seminar series coordinator
E-mail: c.dormor[at]

Dr susan pui san lok, Reader in Fine Art
E-mail: s.lok[at]

Dr Luke White, Lecturer in Visual Culture and History of Art and Design and ADRI seminar series coordinator
E-mail: l.white[at]







Director of Research Development:
Dr Graeme Evans, Professor in Design Cultures
E-mail: g.evans[at]
Director of Research Degrees:
Dr Anne Massey, Professor in Design
E-mail: a.massey[at]
Director of Knowledge Transfer, Impact and Engagement:
Prof Paul Haywood, Deputy Dean
E-mail: p.haywood[at]

The Grove
Middlesex University,
The Burroughs,
London NW4 4BT

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The Art and Design Research Institute was set up in 2007 by Stephen Boyd Davis, David Durling, Mehmet Karamanoglu and John Seth to be a subject-specific umbrella institute for research in art and design. In addition, strong connections existed with the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, and product design and engineering. Art and design research has a long history at Middlesex, stretching back to the Hornsey College of Art, and including groundbreaking art and cultural theory through visual culture studies and Block magazine, as well as innovative doctoral programmes such as D.Arts and PhD by Public Works, and Design Advanced Research Training (DART). ADRI was originally led by Professor David Durling and then by Stephen Boyd Davis.

For many years ADRI was based at the University campuses of Cat Hill and Trent Park. In 2011 it moved to a new £80million building – the Grove – on the main University campus in Hendon, north west London.