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Austin Houldsworth is a double graduate of the Royal College of Art. He is an Interdisciplinarity design practitioner, researcher, educator with a focus on critical & speculative design practice within the context of product and interaction.  

Austin works as a lecturer in Product Design at Huddersfield University, associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, visiting lecturer at Chester University and the Royal College of Art.  His research and practice strive to leverage change through the application of design within unfamiliar disciplines. Like reimaging and redesigning monetary systems (‘For moneys sake’ 2018).  Building the world’s first prototype human fossilisation machine.  Or recently founding the ‘Intergalactic Space Agency’ at the Eden Project.  

He also runs Ahaaa; a design consultancy that works with industry to develop and run design competitions.  Like the founding of the ‘Future of money design awards’ for Consult Hyperion, V&A, Money2020 and the ‘Creative Insight Awards’ for Worldpay. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Speculative design
  • Critical Design
  • Monetary & Payment Design
  • Redefinition Design
  • Product Design

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Research Output

  • 4 Exhibition
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Artefact

The Intergalactic Estate Agency

Houldsworth, A., 24 Oct 2019

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact

Open Access
  • Counterfiction: Designing within Alternative Worlds

    Houldsworth, A., 28 Apr 2017, Memories of the Future: On Countervision. Wilson, S. & Jaffé, D. (eds.). Peter Lang Publishing Group, p. 185-204 10 p. (Cultural Memories; vol. 6).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Quids In

    Houldsworth, A., 31 Mar 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • ‘IT Fauna’ and ‘Crime Pays': Using Critical Design to Envision Cyber Security Futures

    Ashenden, D., Benque, D. & Houldsworth, A., 2013, Prixis & Poetics : Research Through Design 2013 Conference Proceedings. Wallace, J., Yee, J. & Durrant, A. (eds.). Northumbria University, p. 43-46 4 p.

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

    Open Access
  • The Relativists Clock

    Houldsworth, A., 12 Sep 2011

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Activities

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    Austin Houldsworth (Speaker)

    10 Feb 2020

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    Invited Talk

    Austin Houldsworth (Speaker)

    5 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (External organisation)

    Austin Houldsworth (Member)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of a Society or Institute


    Austin Houldsworth (Participant)

    9 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    Invited Talk

    Austin Houldsworth (Speaker)

    23 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk