Emeritus Professor Knowles started his professional career training to teach 3D design at Southfields College, London. After entering into the industry he worked with many leading London designers before setting up his first studio, Mike Knowles and Associates in London in the mid-eighties. A ‘Ruskinite’ he is a passionate believer in the societal value of design and craft skills.
Mike moved to India to develop job creation and export projects and helped establish the In Group. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and up until recently headed the India Fellowship. In 2008 he established a Skills Academy for the University of the Arts London in New Delhi and was conferred a Visiting Professor UAL in 2009. In 2010 he was given the responsibility of developing the Sushant School of Design at Ansal University where he was Director for 8 years, growing the school from a handful of students to one of India’s leading Design Schools.
His recent role of Professor Emeritus at the School of Creativity Rishihood University sets forth exciting opportunities to change the face of Design Education in India at the tertiary level. He is responsible for mentoring a multitude of young scholars into careers within the Creative Industries, both in India and the UK.