Carmen believe that design is integral to transport development, delivery and success.
The Royal College of Art is the world’s sole postgraduate university offering Automotive Design attracting global talent.
In 2002 the first Carmen’s Research Fellow was appointed with a brief to organise research to combat congestion.
That kick-started Urban Mobility and a year later the Department designated one of three student streams as Urban Flow. A Carman Visiting Lecturer was appointed, then became the Carman Visiting Tutor.
In the new decade the department is developing a Masters course on Urban Mobility.
Every year the Company highlights an outstanding graduate with its Transport Design Award.
Its Fellowship has evolved into the Carmen’s Research Readership, held by the Deputy Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the College, who has himself become a Carman, along with the original Fellow.
A research archive is evolving on-line.
In addition, a further link was established, between College, Carmen and Transport for London’s newly refurbished Museum at Covent Garden, with a dedicated Carman/College display case in the Futures Gallery.
In 2009 the Carmen’s Future Cities Mobility Forum preceded a research project at the Museum, and an exhibition exploring how IT will impact on London’s journeys in 2020.
Now Carmen and College are pursuing research into mobility for the ageing population.
Carmen recognise and value design, thus supporting improved movement and mobility.