Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy working with students and helping them learn.
I have experience in teaching design and interior design at almost all levels, and really believe all classes are best when customised to the level and aims of the student. I believe that all students have their own aims and agendas, and each learn best using methods unique to them, and so my role as an educator is to help every student reach their potential through teaching, learning, and guidance.
I can teach the following subjects:
Introduction to interior design and key principles and theories
Interior design skills such as site analysis, drawing, drafting, model making, photoshop and digital skills, CAD, presentation methods, costing and project management
Basically: I can teach almost all areas of interior design and interior architecture, to a level that suits.
I am happy to teach online to anywhere in the world, and can also cover in person tutorials and lesson in and around Edinburgh, UK.
I am currently a senior lecturer at a major UK based global university, where I teach interior architecture and design at both Masters and Undergraduate level. I also currently hold a role similar to Director of Education for the University.
I have worked for a number of years as a professional interior designer (on a variety of global projects) and also hold a Masters degree in the field.
Over the past ten years I have taught the subject globally, in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
My students have won major awards, including the Royal Society of Arts, and more. I have also won awards and nominations for my own work in innovative teaching and feedback.
I am an experienced academic, with a focus on interior design and architecture and proven experience of high quality learning and teaching, student development and academic leadership. I have significant international experience having taught and practised overseas for over five years in South East Asia and the Middle East. As a highly professional academic I excel in adapting to new contexts, and embracing new challenges.
Present and past employment:
April 2016 to date – Major UK University – Director of Learning and Teaching
Accepted opportunity to become the Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Design. Responsible for strategic direction and quality assurance of all programmes within the School, in a role similar to ‘Deputy Head of School’. Duties and achievements include:
• Set strategic direction for School and motivated development of a collective vision and purpose for the School and represented School at University Learning and Teaching board.
• Initiated and completed a complete curriculum review and restructuring of all UG and PG programmes over UK and Dubai campuses in early 2017.
• Increased retention rates by 7.3% within one year of delivering a new retention strategy. Over tenure as Director of Learning and Teaching student retention has reached its highest ever levels within the School.
• Managed and developed our partnership with our overseas campus in Dubai.
• Successfully managed ‘teach out’ of an approved learning partner (A major London college)
• Led a number of School wide ‘best practice’ discussion workshops on feedback, retention, assessment and other relevant subjects.
• Handling all quality assurance paperwork and admin, including managing all external examiners off and on campus and responding to their reports.
• Chaired numerous award, exam and progression boards
• Involved in internal audits of other Schools within the University
Jan 2015 to date – Major UK University – Associate Professor / Director of studies Interior Design
Relocated back to the UK to teach with a Major UK University. As Director of Studies I was tasked with leadership and administrative duties for the Interior Design programme. These duties and achievements include:
• Transformation of BA (Hons) Interior Design programme into a successful programme, with vastly improved recruitment figures, student satisfaction and employability.
• Updated curriculum by significantly revising Learning Outcomes and rationalising programme structure, with an emphasis on studio culture and environment.
• Improved retention by supporting the ‘Direct entry’ students that sustain the programme.
• Agreed and maintained new articulation pathways with local HE schools and colleges
• Gained the programme accreditation from the BIID and Interior Educators.
• Individually designed, gained approval, and began delivery of an entirely new Masters of Art Interior Architecture and Design PG programme for UK and Dubai campus.
• Nominated for a ‘Learning and teaching Oscar’ for innovative feedback – a student union award that highlights exceptional learning and teaching throughout the University.
• Organised and arranged field trips, and live and collaborative projects
• Involved in two internal QAA funded projects
Sept 2013 to Dec 2014 – Glasgow School of Art (Singapore) – Lecturer – Interior Design
Moved to Singapore full time to teach with GSA at their then new overseas campus. Responsible for designing and delivering the first BA (Hons) Interior Design programme in the region. Challenges included contextualising subject matter and briefs designed for Glasgow to the very different context and location of Singapore, alongside the partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology, and Temashek Polytechnic.
Jan 2011 to Sept 2013 – Raffles Design Institute Manila – Programme co-ordinator
Accepted the opportunity to move to South East Asia to teach Interior Design full time whilst also experiencing the process of starting up a brand new School. Moved to Singapore initially before then being assigned to Manila, Philippines, to oversee the start-up of a new School. Initially employed as a lecturer for interior design before then being promoted to programme co-ordinator to manage academic matters and day to day running of all other UG programmes, including fashion design and visual communication and fashion marketing.
Sept 2007 to Dec 2010 – Ravensbourne University, London – Lecturer
Worked in a variety of teaching roles, initially teaching 3d design on the HE Foundation programme before then becoming a technical tutor for the BA (Hons) Interior Design programme. Over time accepted more teaching work and roles. Departed this role to take up full time teaching overseas.
Aug 2007 to Sept 2014 – Self-employed, Freelance interior designer
Whilst initially teaching I worked for a number of design studios on a freelance basis, all within London. Mostly involved retail design work, alongside some work as an architectural assistant on public space projects. After relocating to Asia I accepted a number of small scale mostly residential projects, alongside occasional competition briefs. Ended this role to focus more on teaching and scholarship due to increasing academic work demands.
June 2006 to Aug 2007 - FutureBrand London – Branded Environments Designer
After graduating began immediately working for FutureBrand London on a full time basis. Primarily employed to design branded environments for large international clients and corporations within a very small team of interior and graphic designers. Most built projects located in the Middle East and Europe. Left to pursue a Masters due to scholarship offer.
Education, qualifications and professional organisations or institutions:
April 2018 – (ILM) Institute of leadership and management level 3 award - Pending
June 2018 – (FHEA) Fellow of Higher Education Authority - Pending
April 2016 – (FRSA) Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
April 2016 – (BAID) British Academy of Interior Design
April 2016 – (IE) Member of Interior Educators
November 2008 – Master of Arts Environment Design, Ravensbourne – Distinction
June 2006 – BA (Hons) Interior Design and Environment Architectures, Ravensbourne – First class
• Learning and teaching ‘Oscar’ nomination – Heriot-Watt university – Student Union - 2017
• City of London award and exhibition – Hafod Copperworks project - 2011
• Bluprint magazine – Shortlisted project – Philippines national pavilion - 2011
• Hermes REDesign / Arup award -– Modular roofscape project – 2009
• World Architecture Festival – Semifinalist - 2009
• Landscape institute award – Mbare project – 2008
• Royal Society of Arts – Design Directions – Shortlisted project - 2008
• World Architecture Festival – Charette Runner up - 2008
• 100% Futures - Best in show – 2003
• ‘Lost in space’ – a piece exploring design for dementia based around a student project - 2016
• Various magazine articles and features in South East Asia, including Condo Living, Space, BluPrint, and others – 2010 to 2014
• Kuokkala church and secular design article – used in book by Teemu Hirvilammi - 2010
• Various articles and features for E-Architect as a guest writer – 2009
• Newsweek Poland /MSN – Vertical city project - 2010
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