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Tord Boontje to leave RCA

Head of Design Products Tord Boontje announced today that he is to leave the Royal College of Art at the end of September 2013 

By Editor / 20-06-2013

Appointed in September 2009, Professor Tord Boontje has led the Design Products department at the RCA for the last four years. Born in Enschede in the Netherlands in 1968, Boontje studied industrial design first at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and then at the Royal College of Art, where he received his MA in Industrial Design. Following graduation he set up his eponymous design company, Studio Tord Boontje. In 2000, Boontje returned to the College, this time as tutor in Design Products, teaching for four years before moving to France in order to establish his studio there.  After 15 years - bringing his design career full circle - Boontje returned again to the RCA, this time as Head of Design Products programme, replacing Ron Arad.

During his tenure leading the world renowned department, Boontje strengthened its academic reputation by raising support for research. Along with increased student recruitment, he also increased the size of the department’s academic and technical teams.

Commenting on his time at the College, Boontje said: 

“It has been an amazing experience and a great pleasure to lead Design Products for the last four years; I’ve been lucky enough to work with incredibly talented and committed colleagues and students. It has however become increasingly difficult to combine the role with running my own design studio, engaged as we are with numerous international projects and activities. As this requires all my focus at the moment, I have decided it is time to halt my academic activities after four very successful years.’Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art added: 

“Tord’s tenure as Professor has been characterised by challenging and thought-provoking briefs, notably around new materials and sustainability. As a Professor, Tord has shown great sensitivity, generosity of spirit and openness towards his students. He has grown the MA programme, engaged an interesting and diverse range of faculty and been a great colleague to work with. We’ll miss him a lot, but wish him and Emma Woffenden every success with their studios.” The College will undertake an international search to find a new Head of Design Products. The RCA graduate show, including the work of Boontje's Design Products students, opened today in Kensington. This will be Boontje's last graduate show as Head of programme.

For more info visit the RCA website

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