Rowan Gatfield is a Senior Lecturer, with 25 years experience within the print, publication, design and advertising industry, having served as a Junior Art Director at Matthews and Charter/ Olgilvy and Mather, and then as a partner at Gatfield and De Freitas/ Polyhedron Advertising. Later he became Co-Creative Director of Citigate Advertising, a member of the Incepta Group, working on accounts such as the Third World AIDS Conference, the International Convention Centre, Durban; Metrorail, Sanitas, Mooi River Textiles and Technikon Natal.
Rowan studied Graphic Design at Technikon Natal, and then later completed a BTech (Hons) in Graphic Design at the same institution – renamed Durban Institute of Technology. He then completed a Masters inGraphic Design at the same institution, renamed Durban University of Technology.
During his studies he was awarded the Marcus Starfield Award (Top graduate in Graphic Design), the CREDO Award (Top Graphic Design graduate in KwaZulu Natal) and the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship (Top graduate in the Faculty of Arts and Design). Rowan has completed a PhD in Visual Anthropology, at the School of Social Sciences, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Rowan has lectured at various institution for the last 15 years. Between 2010 – 2015 he served as the Year Leader of the BTech Honours Graphic Design degree course, within the Department of Visual Communication Design at the Durban University of Technology, where he co-founded Workspace, a Work Integrated Learning Design Studio in 1999, as part of an international research project partnered between DUT and the University of East London, England. The unit served as the official advertising agency of the DUT in 2011 and in 2012 resulting in the student-staffed studio winning 24 national awards. Rowan also started two Community development Projects, the Ntombi Handbag Project and Durban Rickshaw Renovation Project.