Associate Professor Matthew Holt

Applied Cybernetics Lead and Associate Director (Education)

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Historian. Designer. Playwright.#

Matthew is the Applied Cybernetics Lead and Associate Director (Education) at the School of Cybernetics.

Matthew is a historian of design with experience in academic leadership, business development and transnational education. He has a PhD from the University of Sydney.

Widely published, Matthew’s research is in the history and theory of design as it co-evolved with post-industrial practices and knowledge systems, above all cybernetics and systems thinking. His teaching career has encompassed design history, design research and design thinking, art history and theory and media and communications studies.

Matthew also has an ongoing creative practice which has included publishing, graphic design, fiction and has had three of his plays produced. He hopes soon to write a play on the origins of cybernetics… watch this space.

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