​Professor Janice Kirkpatrick OBE

Professor Janice Kirkpatrick OBE ©Graven 2016Professor Janice Kirkpatrick OBE, BA(Hons) Design, MA(Des), DLitt, FRSA, D&AD

Creative Director, Graven

Janice Kirkpatrick graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1984 winning the Newberry Medal. In 1986 she co-founded Graven with her architect husband Ross Hunter. 

The studio employs over 30 people and has an international blue chip client list.

Janice is a designer and creative director experienced in creating and implementing brands and design projects, including complex place brands for Lanarkshire, Perthshire and north Staffordshire. Recent projects include British Airways Galleries Lounges worldwide, 5* hotels for Radisson and Carlson in Europe and the USA and retail banking environments for Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland and creative direction of RBS’s new polymer bank notes. In February 2017 she unveils her UK Partner exhibition for Ambiente—the world’s largest consumer goods fair—in Frankfurt. The exhibition is the centrepiece of the 2017 event.

Janice has also designed Graven’s ‘First Edition’ of contract fabrics and wallcoverings available exclusively through the company’s online shop from February 2017.

Janice is also a broadcaster, curator, writer and lecturer on design and issues related to business, culture, identity and place (see https://graven.co.uk/graven-design-log/) She was a Conran Foundation Archive Collector and is member of D&AD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She was a Governor of Glasgow School of Art, a member of the British Council's Creative Industries Advisory Group and for six years she was a Trustee of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) where she chaired the £20M Investment & Innovation seed fund. She has also been a member of Creative Industries Advisory Committees for both the Westminster and Scottish governments and from 2005 to 2008 she was a Trustee and Chairman of The Lighthouse – Scotland’s International Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for V&A Dundee and The Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group.

Janice is a Visiting Professor of Glasgow School of Art. In 2014 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for ‘services to graphic design’ and she received the honorary award of Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow.

Janice, and her husband Ross Hunter, an architect and co-founder of Graven, live in a hill farm near Girvan in Ayrshire where she tries to be a horsewoman, beekeeper and gardener. She is currently working on a charitable project clydesdalehorse.org in conjunction with the William Grant Foundation to ‘Preserve Clydesdale Horse Traditions’. She is also writing a book, ‘Brands for Boards’, to be published in 2017.