Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Jane Scott

Dr Jane Scott

My research is located at the intersection of programmable materials, knitted fabric design and biology. As an award winning designer and academic my research challenges the established understanding of smart materials for architecture; applying principles derived from biology to the development of environmentally responsive textile systems composed of natural and sustainable materials. 

As a NUAcT Fellow I will be joining the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment; working alongside global leaders in the new transformational discipline of Biodesign. The NUAcT Fellowship is a unique opportunity for me to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of microbiologists, architects and engineers, designing with biology using textile fabrication processes. During the fellowship my research will develop a new generation of living textiles for architecture; knitted fabrics that change their properties in response to external stimuli, acting as a programmable interface to maintain a healthy environment in buildings.

 Before moving to Newcastle I worked as a senior teaching fellow in the School of Design at The University of Leeds, leading undergraduate and postgraduate modules in textile design and technology. Alongside this, I held a visiting research fellowship in biomimicry at Central Saint Martins and supervised MArch Design for Manufacture students at The Bartlett. I completed a PhD through the Textiles Futures Research Centre at The University of the Arts, London, where I developed Programmable Knitting. In 2016 this work was awarded the Autodesk ACADIA Emerging Research Award by the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). I became a member of the Board of Directors of ACADIA in 2017 and have recently taken over as Membership Officer for the organisation.

My work has been exhibited internationally; in 2019 Bioknit Pavilion formed part of the public interventions at Design Junction, (London Design Festival) and in 2018 Growing Medium was exhibited as part of the Material Innovation in the North at The Baltic (Gateshead). I have recently presented research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Pompidou Centre, The Design Museum, London, The University of Michigan, and the Microsoft Research Centre, Cambridge.

As a designer I believe that making is a powerful tool for education and engagement. In collaboration with partner organisations I enjoy delivering a range of public events using textiles as tool for thinking about science and design. In 2016 my public engagement work at The University of Leeds was recognised in the role of Public Engagement Champion, and in 2018 my work received the Public Engagement with Research Award.