Theo Roe

Theo Roe

  • 01202 966673
  • troe at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Poole House P314, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Theo Roe’s work pursues a hypothesis that artistic process can release possibilities of verity for use by the practical world. In semiotic terms, if words had the job of representing concepts fixed and inert, one would be able to find exact equivalence for words between the different languages of our world. This is not the case. Truth (unlike fact) is a living moving thing. Roe's research interest is in design that has ‘Brio’ (that is design that is alive with some aspect of truth, verity or art). All design has a physiognomy, an outward face. If inwardly design is insincere and its outward face bears witness to that. What value does it have in a community of scarce resources?

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Design Aesthetics [MA InDe L7]

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Contextual Design [BA InDe L4]
  • Industrial Design Projects 1 [BA InDe L4]
  • Industrial Design Projects 2 [BA InDe L5]
  • Humanistic Design Studies [BAPD L6]
  • Industrial Design Projects 3 [BA InDe L6]


  • MDes in Industrial Design (Royal College of Art, 1984)
  • BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design - Furniture (Council for National Academic Awards, 1981)
  • My specialist area of interest is in the relevance of, and the discovery of, the mechanisms of creative activity for designers. I am married to the Fine artist, Jan Roe, and this is as much a working partnership as a familial one because, as Walter Gropius founder of the Bauhaus stated, "Modern Art has released countless suggestions which are still waiting to be used by the practical world". I argue that; Contemporary art today continues to be relevant in this way.,