Archive 2020

Steve Jensen Year One Leader, Interior Design
Year One Leader

The first year supports a foundational approach to the study of the interior providing a structure to experiment and explore creative ideas through different cultural themes. Students are then invited to examine and develop these ideas in response to the fundamental elements and principles of the interior. These elements have been split into three key focus areas Proximities, Inhabitation and Identities. This year we were invited to work for the whole year in the Belgium city of Kortrijk where we analysed the problem of the High Street and Retail.


Site, place, situations, locations, contexts and relationships between people, communities and buildings, along with the spatial and atmospheric interfaces between them, all are proximities that can provide agencies to influence the design of the interior. The analysis and understanding of these proximities affords the designer the possibility to generate new meanings, understandings, spaces and elements. The documentation and subsequent translation of this material can be utilised to affect the design of the new interior. 


Occupancy, interactions, participation, dwelling, their edges, lines and boundaries, are forms of inhabitation that can be analysed and developed to create new ways of thinking about being in the built environment. These can be reflected in a number of ways, ranging from designing new and innovative uses of space through to the adaptation of existing buildings, elements, spaces for new forms of inhabitation. 

IDENTITIES (Summer Term)

Surfaces, matter and materiality, both applied and found, are the detailed and inscribed overlays that narrate the stories of proximities and inhabitation. A successful detail or a constructed identity will be able to portray an account of the entire content and trajectory of a project. The legacy of such material considerations and their application will also form the basis for any future appropriations of a site. The creation of distinct and significant identities forms the fundamental understandings of a designed interior space. 

At the mid-point of the year the School-wide ‘Work In-Progress’ exhibition provides an opportunity to share the programme’s activities with the rest of the College is used to show the college what the programme is undertaking. 

All of year one is underpinned by Media Studies which forms part of the MA Architecture, City Design, Environmental Architecture and Interior Design Programmes.

The unit examines how the analysis and use of media can help develop our critical understanding of spatial design, Students utilise a vast range of media and conceptual approaches – including photography, filmmaking, sculpture, graphic design, photogrammetry, performance and product design and fabrication – to explore and develop their work, alongside this menu, a weekly series of lectures, talks, seminars that underpin the current project being undertaken with key ideas, texts, theories and discussions. 

A yearlong dissertation is undertaken in the CHS module.


Visiting Critics -

Roy Lowe
Peter Higgins
Katherine Skellon
Henry Harker
Natalie Badenduck
Carola Ebert
Naomi Cleaver 
Marlies Boterman
Ramona Bittere
Rachel Forster

Students -

  • Ang Liu
  • Gang Pan
  • Liuxi Lin
  • Regina Gutierrez Badillo
  • Xihe Chen
  • Zhengxiao Wang
  • Caroline Bang
  • Grigorios Tsilimidos
  • Luigi Filippo Rodrigues Durando
  • Rita Louis
  • Cindy Wu
  • Haoran Qin
  • Nathalia Borges Garcia
  • Ruoxi Zhang
  • Yajing Ding
  • Zi Ye
  • Chaerim Shin
  • Heman Xia
  • Ning Wang
  • Saule Pribusauskaite
  • Yara Nahas
  • Chi Xu
  • Paola Saade
  • ShanErh Yang
  • Yiran Chu
  • Chu Guo
  • Pia Steinhardt
  • Styliani Livieratou
  • Yu-Cheng Yang
  • Lu Yan
  • Jiahui Li
  • Pingwei Gong
  • Ti Huang
  • Yuwei Ren
  • Daniel Nolan
  • Jiayue Zhao
  • Prakruthi Rao
  • Ken Man
  • Yuxiang Yang
  • Dara Khakpour
  • Liming Huang
  • Qian Wang
  • Vanda Hajizadeh
  • Zeina Magazachi
  • Gaia Giulia Luna Arnone
  • Lisa Breschi
  • Qihao Tang
  • Weronika Walasz
  • Zheng Xu