The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal College of Art undertakes design research and projects with industry that will contribute to improving people's lives.
Our approach is inclusive and interdisciplinary. Our work is organised in three research areas:
We are the largest and longest-running centre for design research at the Royal College of Art.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design has its origins in the DesignAge action research programme, which was founded in 1991. It became a fully-fledged research centre in 1999, widening its focus from design for ageing population to design to improve people's lives across a range of social needs.
We collaborate with business, academic, government and voluntary sector partners. We engage with communities including students, new graduates, and academics. We develop innovative and empathic research methods – and we exchange knowledge via education, events, publications and industrial collaboration.
The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is endowed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting innovative projects that will effect lasting change and improve quality of life. The centre's Director is Rama Gheerawo.