I am an architect-trained designer with a special interest in strategic ways of approaching design challenges. In my work, research and engagement with users and stakeholders inform design briefs and frameworks that underpin design approaches.
I hold a PhD in Communication Design from the Royal College of Art in London for my practice-led research that explores the relationship between physical and digital spaces. Common to my work spanning a range of scales and disciplines — from architecture & urban design to workplace research and public engagement — is a strategic way of approaching design, bringing together research and user engagement. For me, the process is as important and insightful as the designed outcome.
Urban Design & Masterplanning I first started working in architectural practice in 2006 and have since worked on a broad range of interdisciplinary design and research projects, from small-scale interior projects to large-scale masterplans, crossing the boundaries of academia and industry. Large-scale urban projects include the masterplan for the 2012 Athletes Village in London, the competition-winning design for a new urban centre in Riga, and recently the strategic mixed-use masterplan for a new town in Russia.
While a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design — a research centre focusing on methods for in-depth qualitative user engagement — I developed the ‘Workscapes’ project with partners including GlaxoSmithKline and HermanMiller. This resulted in a design framework for space use, which uses qualitative user insights to inform design briefs. The framework has been tested in case studies with an NHS trust and the Royal Bank of Scotland to improve the design of the workplace and to enhance wellbeing.
As part of my doctoral research, I led a range of interdisciplinary and collaborative design research projects at the intersection of architecture, interaction design and communication design, working with architects, designers, artists, curators and developers. They explore the application of architectural principles in digital contexts. Creatively engaging public audiences, these projects have been showcased by institutions including FACT Liverpool and the Wellcome Collection.
In addition to my design and research work, I have taught extensively on a range of university programmes, including at the University of Greenwich, Middlesex University, and the Royal College of Art.