I’ve been a commercial interior designer for over a decade and I have taught in a number of institutions developing a passion for ambitious and progressive interior design practice and education.

My postgraduate studies focused on the psychology of how and why people use space and how companies and organizations can manipulate space to improve revenue. Since completing the course, and in light of environmental and political issues, I have become very aware of the negative impact that ‘fast-changing’ and ‘style-led’ commercial interior design industry can have upon the environment and also public behaviour. Leading me to question the consumption and disposability of interior design. This enquiry has made me curious of Kantian theories in taste and the argument for and against subjectivity and universality, and how these can influence our relationship with interior design. Finding methods to reduce transient trends of interior design and instead provide alternative ideas towards sustainable spatial longevity is now more important than ever. As such, discovering what makes us find a space appealing and/or comfortable by exploring our relationship with materials, spatial volume, atmosphere, history and construction is paramount.

Process and practice as a form of learning and development of interior design is inherent in my approach to design and one which I will promote on the course through practical exploration of media and model making. I have been very privileged to be part of a recent pilot project supported by Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and KFI (Knowing from the Inside: Anthropology, Art, Architecture & Design, University of Aberdeen). The project, which occurred in Bauhaus, Dessau in Germany, brought together a select group of multi- disciplinary graduates and undergraduates and aimed to explore the pedagogical benefits of learning through making and material experimentation. These tactile and experimental practices aim to challenge our preconceptions of design and encourage innovative and creative discourse. I aim to bring these pedagogical methods into the learning practices at
the OCA.

As an interior designer, I never work solely on the interior space and I see great value in cross-disciplinary design. As well as creating and leading my own projects, I also work collaboratively with artists, furniture designers, textile designers, graphic designers, ceramicists and many other practitioners. I am part of a small international group of cross- discipline designers that use a variety of techniques and influences to inform our work. We have collaborated on various pieces together from knitted spaces to exhibitions.

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