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Dr Cristiaan de Groot

Senior Academic Leader Business and Innovation
School of Creative Industries
Location: Building 076, Room 2027


BSc (Hons) South Bank University., MA I.D Central St. Martins., PhD University of Central England.,


Dr. Cris de Groot is both a commercial and consultant designer, and a research academic. Trained as an industrial designer and with a PhD in experience design, Cris then spent several years in London as an innovation consultant, setting up both the 'nowhere' group of companies and also the not-for-profit Design Transformation Group. Here at Unitec in Auckland Cris has lectured and supervised at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and in recent years has established New Zealand's first collaborative design and innovation research facility (aka the Hothouse).

Cris' interests include: Qualitative Design Research techniques, Phenomenology, Experience Design, Black-Boxes, Magic, Systemic and Strategic Design, Sustainable Design, Collaborative Innovation, Psychology and Physiology of Creaticity.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Cristiaan de Groot as Principal Supervisor

Sips, Nicole (2018). 'Not durable, but sustainable': print technology and ephemerality in product design (Master of Design)
Key, Robert (2013). What is a design language in the service of the experience of light? Exegesis. (Master of Design)
Gamble, Simon (2011). Horological furniture: An investigation into temporal form (Master of Design)
Shaw, Robert (2011). Designing the Shaw 9 metre: How does the process of design inform the development of a 9 metre racing yacht? (Master of Design)
Teinaki, Victoria (2008). Tactile technologies (Master of Design)
Gargiulo, David (2008). Active objects, passive dramas: How may design re-appropriate tools from the art of dramaturgy in the service of developing more meaningful products? (Master of Design)
Halfon, Amitai (2007). How can products adapt to the challenges of the experience economy? (Master of Design)


de Groot, C., Jarrett, B., Renata, H., & Fritsche, D. (2019). Narratives of Bicultural Participation, Innovation and Collaboration. Talking Teaching Conference 2019: Diverse Learners, Inclusive Teaching; Ako Aotearoa, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland.

de Groot, Cristiaan., & Yee, Nigel. (2019). Autonomous Hive-Mounted Miticide Delivery Device. Pheromite Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand.

de Groot, Cristiaan. (2018). Sustainable Design & the Circular Economy. Emerging Futures Summit , organised by Education New Zealand,

de Groot, C. H., & Witehira, J. (2016). Inside the Aotearoa House. 'Open Design for E-very-thing'/Exploring New Design Purposes: Cumulus Conference Hong Kong, Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong, China.

de Groot, C., Jarrett, B., & Rowlandson, D. (2015). Ruaumoko. Auckland, New Zealand, Unitec/Audiosine Ltd.

de Groot, C.H. (2011). Provisional Patent No. 458409, 'Improvements in Teaching Furniture'. IPONZ.

de Groot, C. H. (2011). 'Developing Digital Tools for Sharing Geographical Narratives', in 'You Are Here: Mapping Auckland', by Waghorn, K. (ed). Published by The Centre for New Zealand Art, Research and Discovery (NICAI, University of Auckland) . Auckland: 2011. 'You Are Here: Mapping Auckland', by Waghorn, K. (ed), 978-0-9876548-1-6.

de Groot, C., Waghorn, K., and Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. (2011). Waghorn, K. E., De Groot, C., & Kei konei koe: Tapuwae ki Tamaki Makaurau You Are Here: mapping Auckland . Exhibition in the Pictorial Gallery, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira (September 30, 2011 - 12 August 2012). Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira (Pictorial Gallery).

Davies, Renee, Simcock, Robyn, Ussher, Graham, de Groot, Cristiaan, Boult, Martin, and Toft, Richard (2010). ELEVATED ENCLAVES - LIVING ROOF BIODIVERSITY ENHANCEMENT THROUGH PROSTHETIC HABITATS . delivered at the "CitiesAlive 6th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference", Vancouver. Conference Proceedings: "CitiesAlive 6th Annual Green Roof & Wall Conference".

de Groot, Cristiaan, Parfitt, Bonnie, Reeves, Dory, and Waghorn, Kathy (2010). Demonstrating New Possibilities for Playful Collaboration: Claystation Making Auckland. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, ISSN: 1747-4205 (online) (Vol. Vol.5, Issue 2).

de Groot, C.H. (2009). Collaborative Innovation: the Hothouse - chapter in 'Design Management:Vision and Values', ed. David Hands (AVA; Germany) 2009. Pages 171-178. 'Design Management:Vision and Values', ed. David Hands (AVA; Germany) 2009. 978-2940373796. 978-2940373796.

de Groot, C.H. (2008). C.H. de Groot, & Hughes, B. (2008), Magic as a Phenomenological Tool for Designing Technology, in Design & Emotion Moves, Desmet, P & Hekkert, P (eds). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Design & Emotion Moves, Desmet, P & Hekkert, P (eds). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2008, 978-1443800167.

Prebble, D., De Waal, G., and De Groot, C. (2008). Applying multiple perspectives to the design of a commercialisation process. R&D Management (Vol. 38 3, June).

de Groot, C. H. (2008). Claystation Making Auckland. A collaborative participatory exhibition on the future of Auckland City's infrastructure and architecture, held at the Gus Fisher Gallery over a period of 3 days. Gus Fisher Gallery.

Prebble, D., De Groot, C., and De Waal, G. (2006). Applying multiple perspectives to the design of a commercialisation process. Proceedings of the R&D Management Conference 2006 Taiwan 'Creativity innovation and entrepreneurship' (Vol. CD Rom).