Professor Stuart MacDonald OBE was born and brought up in Scotland where he trained as a fine artist. He is the director of Creative Frontline, his consultancy specializing in creativity, design and innovation. He has wide experience in creative education, cultural regeneration and promoting the creative industries.
He was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Emeritus Professor of Creative Industries at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and prior to that he was Head of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He was founding director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s National Centre for Architecture, Design and the City and was Education Director for Glasgow UK City of Architecture and Design 1999 and Glasgow’s 1996 International Festival of Design.
As Director of the Lighthouse he was a key figure in the promotion of Scotland’s architecture & creative industries policies, including setting up the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club – one of the largest networks of its kind – as well as initiating the 2007 Six Cities Design Festival. He was closely involved with several major European creative, design and heritage networks including being President of the Reseau Art Nouveau Network.
He has served as a trustee of the UK Design Council, was a founding director of the Creative and Cultural Industries Sector Skills Council, sat on the UK Creative Apprenticeships Taskforce and was on NESTA’s Creative Pioneer Programme Commmittee. He was also a member of the British Council’s Design Review Group and a member of the Ministerial Working Group on the Creative Industries in Scotland. He has written and lectured widely on art, design, architecture, education and the creative industries. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and design and in 2003 was voted on to Design Week’s “Hot 50”; people who had made a significant contribution to design.