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Dr Vanja Garaj

Dr Vanja Garaj
Reader in Design


Head of the Department of Design and Module Leader for the Professional Design Studio module within the MSc Integrated Product Design programme. Previously, Director of Postgraduate Research for Design.

Before joining Brunel Design in 2017, Programme Director for MSc Digital Design and Branding in the Digital Media Subject Area, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Brunel, leading a range of modules on the subject of digital design at postgraduate and undergraduate levels—covering product, service and graphic design aspects.

Teaching promotes goal-oriented experimentation, while placing emphasis on rigorous design process and practice-based approach in collaboration with industry. Co-ordinated a number of live student briefs, across design fields, with organisations including Cancer Research UK, NHS, Pan Macmillan, Help for Heroes, Friends of the Elderly, Corney & Barrow, Shell, Ibis and BT.


PhD in Systems Engineering (Human Factors), Brunel University London

PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University London

BSc in Product Design, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Project Leader for Co-Innovate: Brunel Co-Innovate Journeys and Bridging the Gap

Newest selected publications

Cosco, G. and Garaj, V. (2020) 'The Practice of Design Innovation in the Academic Context: The Project Portfolio by Brunel Design'.The Design Research Society 2020 International Conference (DRS2020). Brisbane, Australia. Design Research Society.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Al-Dmour, Y., Garaj, V. and Clements-Croome, D. (2020) 'The flourishing of Biophilic workplaces: ‘Second Home’ offices as a case study'. Intelligent Buildings International. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 1750-8975

Journal article

Turnock, P., Boult, J. and Garaj, V. (2020) 'Back to the future'. New Design, 2020 (144-145). pp. 78 - 79. ISSN: 1472-2674

Journal article

Massey, J., Phillips, K., Lawrence, J., Davies, A., Harris, L., Cocca, A., et al. (2019) 'Developing a High Chair to Meet the Needs of Infants with Achondroplasia: A Collaboration Between Evelina London Children's Hospital and Brunel University'.9th International Conference on Children's Bone Health. Salzburg, Austria. 1 - 25 June. Bioscientifica. ISSN: 2052-1219 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Garaj, V., Pokinko, T., Hemphill, C. and Sesay, N. (2019) 'Inclusive Design of the Immersive Reality: Eliciting User Perspectives'.The 7th International Conference for Universal Design (UD2019). Bangkok, Thailand.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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