After leaving RISD, I worked as an architect, curator, teacher and writer on design, technology and culture. I had previously taken a BA at Boston University in Art History and later completed an MFA in Sculpture at Pratt Institute. After working for many years teaching in schools of art, design and craft, I wrote a PhD in Design History at Teesside University. While teaching, I had also begun writing, publishing my first book, 'American Design in the Twentieth Century', with Manchester University Press in 1998., That book linked design theories, critical approaches, style, and technology through the history of design in the USA. Having had charge of a small university gallery for several years, I took the opportunity to curate a large national touring exhibition, 'Making Buildings', for the British Crafts Council in 2001, addressing the ‘crafting’ of structure, space and surface in contemporary architecture. My study of mobility in the machine age, 'Transport Design, A Travel History', published by Reaktion Books in 2007, charted the evolution of transport vehicles, from yachts and flying boats to city buses, to identify relationships between mass transit and the personal travel experience. In 2011, Reaktion published 'Ship (Objekt)', my take on technology, design and culture of the maritime world over the past 200 years. Currently I'm Course Director of 'Art & Design 1900-2013', a year-long lecture programme at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Also, I tutor Critical and Historical Studies dissertations for MA Vehicle Design students at the Royal College of Art in London. My next book, 'Car (Objekt)' is listed for publication by Reaktion in 2014.