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Bernard Hay

Programme Lead

Bernard Hay is Programme Lead for Design at the Design Council, where he leads a portfolio of research into regenerative design practice and the value of design. 

A design researcher, writer and curator, Bernard previously worked at the Design Museum where he helped to establish the Future Observatory programme, and oversaw the museum’s adult learning, higher education and community programmes. Passionate about the role design can play in creating a more sustainable future, his previous projects include the annual symposium ‘Design with the Living’ and ‘Walking The City’, a nomadic walking school exploring the role of design in urban ecologies. 

Currently Bernard leads Design Economy - a national programme of research into the social, environmental and economic value of design to the UK – and the Design for Planet Fellowship. He also co-convenes the Design Council’s expert network to explore new design skills and methods to address the climate and biodiversity crises. 

Outside of the Design Council, Bernard is an Associate Lecturer in design theory and social innovation at University of Arts London; a Fellow of the RSA; and a visiting tutor in design curation at various universities. In his spare time, you can find him hiking, gardening, photographing London, and occasionally skateboarding.

Bernard Hay