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Mobility Design, Mobiliy Material Innovation, Sustainable Materials, Perceived Quality, Smart Building, Future Cities, Service Design Management, Healthcare Design and User Experience

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  • 24 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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I studied Interior Architecture in the University of Bedfordshire and I did my masters in Architectural Conservation at the Edinburgh College of Art.

I worked in architectural practices and I did several placement in different organisations to get experience in creative design and materials . My design projects were mainly office and domestic building refurbishments, facade retention and bespoke furniture design. Few years later, I did a PhD in Environmental Management of sustainable and conventional office buildings followed by  postdoctoral research in Low Carbon Communities at Oxford Brookes University and in the Expereincial Engineering and Sustainability at WMG-University of Wrawick. The research projects I lead were mainly  funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK and involved smart heating monitoring, energy behaviour change, co-design and prototyping of solar trees, co-design and prototyping of bespoke healthcare digital technology, participatory interior design referbishments of healthcare interiors,  co-design and develpoment of  smart textile design concepts for managing and treating chronic diseases. From my PhD until present I have supervised over 20 master students in the areas of service design and innovation, automotive perceived quality and automotive sustainable materials and preference of high-tech technologies, design of future buildings, definition of luxury for Chinese.

Having worked in WMG-University of Warwick I was surrounded by automotive research wich I found challenging and worth trying. Therefore, In July 2017,  I switched my career and I trasferred my skills over to the auotomotive industry. I joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2017 and I felt in love with cars. I worked in Perceived Quality (PQ) of Surface Materials. My role was mainly to lead benchamrking analysis and customer studies using a variety of different participatory methods and tools to undersdtand customer requirements. The programme vehicles that I lead were Vellar 22MY, I-PACE 22  and 23MY, Discovery 23MY, XFL Work Stream in China. I did a number of  trainings in: leather production, plastic graining, yellow belt and green belt of 6 Sigma, Lean Processing, sustainable materials, lightweight materials. Following PQ, I worked in the Material Innovation Research Department that reports to Colour & Materials. I was leading two projects the Natural Fibre Composites and the Natural Wood Structural material. I was involved in doing research to write projects goals, objectives, stataments, to understand material development challenges and opportunites and business benefits. I developed processes to understand stakeholder requirements and to define better milestones and work that had to be done in each milestone. Also, I supported my deprtament with my connections from the academia and I initiated the development of a Polymer Research Centre between WMG-University of Warwick and Jaguar Land Rover.

In August 2019, I joined Geely Design Automotive in Coventry where I was promoted to Design Quality Specialist. My role was to lead interior design quality and to review design from concept to all dimentional development stages up to clay and physical model. I used mainly the Virtual Facilities for my reviews and created new tools and processes for design reviews. The reviews focused on flush, gaps, radii, symmetry, design language approach, easthetic appearance and customer perception. I also did reseasrch in design language themes to influence designers with new ideas. I created a process for attributes that Design Quality could bew responsible for. Additionaly, I identified the most curent state of the art databases for benchamrking and customer feedback. I was also partially involved in supporting Colour & Materials with innovative material research.

Following my work at Geely, I decided to return to academia and persue academic career as Assisntant Professor in the area of Design Futures. The centre has dynamic research and teaching in the areas of my expertise. I am interested to focus and grow my research in the fields of co-design, customer research, product design and innovation helping companies and other organisations to co-create/design through enagament and participation in the design and development process of a new or existing product. 

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Research Output

  • 24 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 4 Paper
  • 3 Article
  • 2 Conference proceeding

Using a bespoke situated digital kiosk to encourage user participation in healthcare environment design

Mackrill, J., Marshall, P., Payne, S. R., Dimitrokali, E. & Cain, R., Mar 2017, In : Applied Ergonomics. 59, p. 342-356 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    A model for evaluating participation in healthcare environment design: A Pilot Study

    Mackrill, J., Dimitrokali, E. & Cain, R., Jun 2015.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Design method with user in mind

    Cain, R., Dimitrokali, E. & Mackrill, J., Jul 2015.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Digital co-design: a future method?

    Shi, L., Dawson, C., Mackrill, J., Dimitrokali, E. & Cain, R., 13 Jul 2015, Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference on - British HCI '15. ACM, p. 295–296 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Digital Co-design Applied to Healthcare Environments: A Comparative Study

    Shi, L., Macrill, J., Dimitrokali, E., Dawson, C. & Cain, R., 30 Aug 2015, INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction. Springer, Cham , Vol. 9299. p. 518-522 5 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)