Professor M. A. Hann

Professor M. A. Hann


I  hold the Chair of Design Theory at the University of Leeds. I am also Director of ULITA – An Archive of International Textiles, an important international archive. I have published across a wide range of subject areas, and made numerous key-note addresses at international conferences. I am an acknowledged international authority on the geometry of design, particularly regular patterns. My recent book publications include: Structure and Form in Design (Berg), Symbol, Pattern and Symmetry (Bloomsbury) and Stripes, Grids and Checks (Bloomsbury). Forthcoming are Patterns: Design and Composition (Routledge) and The Grammar of Pattern (Taylor and Francis) I have held adjunct, visiting or invited professorships at institutions in Belgium, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and China.  I was the first appointed Pro-Dean (Research) to the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (2003-2004), and have, over the past fifteen years, been the lead academic on various overseas education missions on behalf of the University of Leeds (Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, USA, Pakistan, China and South Korea). In recent years I have held several invited professorships, at institutions in Seoul, Hong Kong, Brussels, Bandung, Shanghai and St. Petersburg. Subject interests include fundamental aspects of design geometry and the development of methodologies to synthesis and analyse designs. I am also director of ULITA - An Archive of International Textiles.


  • Chair of Design Theory, Director of ULITA - An Archive of International Textiles

Research interests

Geometry of regular patterns and, in particular, how underpinning gemetrical structures encorporate cultural meaning.  This is highlighted in various forthcoming publications including the following books: Patterns: Design and Composition (Routledge) and The Grammar of Pattern (Taylor and Francis).  

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  • BA; MPhil: PhD

Professional memberships

  • FTI
  • FRSA
  • FRAS

Student education

Delivery of two modules per annum, each to around 100 students; supervisions of undergraduate dissertations; regular examination of PhD theses.

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