JobDean, School of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor Richard Acquaye is an Associate Professor at the Department of Textile Design and Technology at the Takoradi Technical University. His research and practice encompasses a broader set of unorthodox ‘collaborations’ with technology, new material and colour resources to generate working designs and forms that have a high commercial value. He is a fellow and chartered member of the Textile Institute, Manchester - UK. Born on the 22nd of May, 1977, Richard Acquaye had his elementary education at St Luke’s Anglican Primary School, Kwashieman – Accra. For his secondary education, he studied at the Accra Academy. He gained admission at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, for his first degree in Bachelor of Art – Textiles. After a year of mandatory National Service after the first degree, he went back to the same institution for his Master of Art Education degree.
In 2013, he gained admission at the University of Southampton – United Kingdom for his PhD in Design (Textile Design and Production). Apart from these, Prof. Acquaye also has a Diploma in Product Design and Manufacture and certificates in Colour and Colour Properties; Dyeing and Dyestuffs; Mechanical Finishing and Computer Aided Designs from some renowned textile education providers. In September, 2005, Prof. Richard Acquaye was employed as a Lecturer at the Department of Textiles at the then Takoradi Polytechnic. Between November, 2008 and August, 2010, he was appointed Head of Department for the Department of Textiles where he performed creditably well in uplifting the Department, both internally and externally. In December, 2010, he was awarded best lecturer of Takoradi Technical University. In January 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Prof. Acquaye has worked on several statutory and ad-hoc committees in the University. He, on two occasions, acted as Dean of Faculty of Applied Arts and Technology and has initiated and contributed towards a number of progressive projects in the Faculty.
Asso. Prof. Acquaye has attended and presented papers at a number of high-profile international conferences around the world. Some are: the ATT National Conference, Lagos – Nigeria; Global Creative Industries Conference, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong; AATCC International Conference – USA in 2011 and 2017; 17th ACASA Triennial Conference, University of Ghana, Legon – Ghana; and The Textile Institute Centenary Conference (Manchester, UK) in 2010. Asso. Prof. Acquaye has published a number of books and articles in both international and local journals. He has also contributed towards a number of international publications, including serving as a reviewer for the Sage Textile Research Journal.
His textile design works have been exhibited internationally, including a joint exhibition ‘Image-Text-Object: Practices of Research’ at Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, Southampton in 2014 and more recently a solo exhibition at the Winchester Gallery (Winchester, UK) dubbed ‘Cultural Conversations’. He won a Doctoral College Grant in May 2017, for a live project – ‘Colour Retro Project’, at PGR Study Space, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom.
Asso. Prof. Acquaye is the President of Institute of Textiles and Fashion Professionals – Ghana and a Senior Member of the American Association Textile Chemist and Colourist, Raleigh – USA. He is also a member in good standing of the following professional bodies: The Textile Institute, Manchester – UK; Society for Dyers and Colourist, London – UK; Arts Council of the African Studies Association, USA; Art POWA Network, South Africa and West African Research Association, Boston - USA. His interests include both indigenous and contemporary West African textiles, digital, vintage, conventional printed textiles and design education. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2020.