MA Interior Architecture (2018/2019)


Tutors: Lara Rettondini (Course Leader), Matthew Haycocks, Filip Visnjic, Bruce Irwin, Tomasz Dancel-Fiszer, Dusan Decermic, Dr Maja Jovic, Lola Lozano Lara, Debbie Kuypers, Joe King

Lara Rettondini is a Senior Lecturer and a Course Leader for the Interior Architecture MA in the School of Architecture and Cities. She joined the University of Westminster in 2014 after holding teaching and leadership roles at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Central Saint Martins (UAL), and Kingston University. Lara is an architect and co-director of London-based practice Studio X Design Group. She is Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was recipient of the Westminster Teaching Excellence Award 2017. Lara is presently External Examiner at the University of Hertfordshire and undertaking a PhD in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University.

Our Interior Architecture MA promotes a conceptual and speculative approach to the design of interior environments. In doing so, it places and emphasis on research that seeks to expand the boundaries of the discipline as well as challenge standardised processes and traditional methodologies. The programme affords multiple avenues of creative engagement giving you the opportunity to pursue your particular issues of interest in interior architecture, or specialist areas of three-dimensional design, through in-depth and focused studies, under the guidance of research-active and industry-experienced staff. Over the years, the course has continued to grow and is now an internationally sought-after Master’s programme that sits within the School of Architecture and Cities, based at our well-equipped Central London Campus.

Our course covers a range of specialist areas, both theoretical and practical. The curriculum is delivered through a diverse set of taught core modules including design and theory subjects, as well as the student-led thesis project. We also deliver specialist modules which promote the use of digital technologies to expand the students’ skill set. With a critical pedagogical agenda, we’ll challenge you to strive for a rich, mature synthesis of your learning from these modules, a process aimed to prepare you towards the challenges and opportunities of the complex professional world.

Our three distinct theory and practice research areas, Domestic, Urban and Expanded Interiors, inform the development of our students’ thesis topics. By embracing the intellectual, spatial, and material and complexities inherent in the subject of interior, you’ll engage with the research areas both by working in collaborative groups and individually. Our end of year catalogues (2018 and 2019) document the results of a wide range of thesis projects that our students have developed following a process involving meticulous investigation and detailed design resolution. Some have uncovered traces of history by carefully repurposing buildings and places; others have dealt with social, cultural and political issues through critical spatial proposals. The work that our students produce is rigorous and ambitious; a reflection of the quality of our programme and an indication of the diverse professional careers that our students progress onto once they graduate.

For more details on the course and how to apply please visit here.

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