Professor Penny Sparke is a writer, academic and the Pro Vice-Chancellor in the Arts at Kingston University. She has taught the History of Design to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Brighton Polytechnic since 1975 and, from 1981 to 1999, at the Royal College of Art. She has also worked in the field of late nineteenth and twentieth century design history and has lectured and published widely in the UK and elsewhere.
Penny's books focus on design and culture, as well as one work on the relationship between design and gender.
Professor Sparke is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the Society of Arts.