Director of Brexit and Sustainability

Professor Ian Montgomery

Research & Impact

Belfast campus

Room BA-02-020,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Art and Design Research

Director of Brexit and Sustainability

Professor Ian Montgomery


Professor Ian Montgomery is Professor of Design and has supervised to completion numerous PhD’s locally, nationally, and internationally.

He was previously PVC for Global Engagement during which time he established many international collaborations.

Prior to that he was Dean of Ulster University’s Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment since summer 2008. He was previously Head of the School of Art and Design and Director of the Research Institute for Art and Design at Ulster University. His main research interests are in the areas of design theory, knowledge transfer, and design perception.

Ian obtained his first degree in 1988 and began his academic career in 1991 following a period in industry. He was awarded his PhD in 2000 under the outstanding supervision of Professor Kenneth Agnew and Professor Brian McClelland.

Ian completed two terms on the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland since 2007.  He was a Management Board member of the Higher Education Academy’s Art Design and Media Subject Centre and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the International Society of Typographic Designers, and the Design Research Society. Ian has examined and chaired validation panels in the UK, Europe, and Hong Kong, and has established numerous international academic partnerships in the US, the Middle East, China, Hong Kong and Europe.

He is on the Editorial Boards of ITERATIONS Design Journal (Ireland) and City Street Conference (Lebanon) and the Board of Governors of Belfast Royal Academy and Carrickfergus Grammar School.

He enjoys spending time with his family, walking, and pottering in his fabulous garden.

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