Associate Professor of Design Kate Catterall is a designer, design researcher and educator who studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She was initially trained in the materials and methods of the Industrial Age, and she started her career as a silversmith, product and furniture designer, designing one-off products and environments for the luxury market in the United Kingdom.
Catterall has lived in the United States since 1993, undertaking a broad range of projects through which she explored the history, form and cultural relevance of design in her new country. Her research currently focuses on the ethical dilemmas faced by designers (and society) as the far-reaching consequences of the design act and the broader role of the designer in culture are reassessed. Through experimental interventions she reframes design as a central form of cultural production and a practice that reaches well beyond commercial application, exploring the potential of designed artifacts as polemical tools capable of transforming actions, lifestyles and opinions.