I've done a bit of teaching at art schools but never felt that I fitted in well. The
full time lecturers seemed weighed down with internal politics and some students, who I
thought were talented, just seemed to be having their confidence sapped. I never could
understand how 'art' was supposed to be marked.
Teaching at the architects winter schools was fun,
particularly having the chance to poke fun at architects' arrogance. I did one with Bob
Perndred, (see below), and one with Gary Alexander, when we made a rather obscure video
soap opera about life in an architects office.
I also taught an Open University summer school course
on Design and Innovation for several years. Every year, I took in a variety of old
machines (photocopiers were the best) and got the students to spend a week making absurd
contraptions out of the parts. Unfortunately I became less and less confident about my
role as the students were mostly experienced engineers who knew a lot more than