BA INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE sets a balancing act between place-making and experience design. Ranging from the scale of the building to that of the room, and to the interiorities of the urban context of London within which we operate, the course encourages students to study and design spaces from a user perspective. It challenges them to reimagine existing buildings and relate them back to the community in critical and creative ways.
To understand how complex interior environments can be reimagined, sustainably adapted, and reinhabited, we investigate new typologies that support the emerging life, work, and design patterns, and students experiment by drawing out atmospheres, testing innovative material applications and by exploring immersive technologies, to deliver novel experiences using both traditional and multidisciplinary methods.
Across the three years of the BA, a range of themes were explored including retail, exhibition, performance, narrative, and circular design, all driven by the course’s regenerative ethos that promotes climate awareness and action. Students engaged in craft, making, fabricating, and, upcycling ‘hands-on’ workshops, and participated in ‘live-projects’ with real clients. First- and second-year interior students collaborated in a week-long competition to design Body Contraptions; bespoke wearable devices that operate in unison to collectively perform a dedicated act, while third-year students won a ‘live-competition’ to design a student-centered social hub for our university campus, in Marylebone.
The course has set up strong links to practice, which manifested in our Interior Matters open lecture series delivered by invited guest practitioners, a list of esteemed critics, and the realisation of our subject-specific Employability Week which offers intensive workshops that coach and prepare students for practice. All the above were made possible through contributions from numerous international and London-based leading practices that included among others, Perkins + Will, TB Bennetts, Stufish, Haptic, Gensler, and, Heatherwick Studio.
Cross-disciplinary in its outlook, the course participated for the third year in the Co-Production Workshop: Mental Health, Design, and Wellbeing, held with medical students from Imperial College. With guidance from practitioners, clinicians, experts, and patient advocates, our group considered how design affects our health and proposed small-scale healthcare interventions in the public realm. A ‘live-project’ and a transformative learning experience that enabled our students to reflect on their own practice, while highlighting the importance of listening and working collaboratively in order to meaningfully contribute to real-world issues.