Prof. Tom Inns

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GSA Development Board of Trustees


Mackintosh Building
at The Glasgow School of Art

Mackintosh Building


Prof. Tom Inns

Professor Tom Inns is the Director of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), an HEI which was ranked as one of world’s top ten art schools in the 2015 QS World Rankings. With campuses in Glasgow, Forres and Singapore, GSA aims to be a global leader in studio-based education in art, design, architecture and digital visualisation.
Tom studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Design at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1990 he co-founded the Design Research Centre at Brunel University, becoming Director in 1996. His PhD explored the impact of design on innovation in small companies. In 2000 he was appointed as Chair of Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee where he became Head of Design School and then Dean before moving to GSA in September 2013.
Tom has an active interest in how strategic design can apply principles of traditional design to society’s systemic challenges. He regularly designs and facilitates knowledge sharing workshops with innovation agencies across Europe.