University of Brighton

Exhibiting at IE Summer Show @ The Old Truman Brewery, London

The experience of space at both personal and the collective levels is what distinguishes Interior Architecture from other disciplines. While a common language centred on human habitation may be shared with other courses, the speciality of Interior Architecture is the cultivation in each student, of his or her spatial intelligence. We believe this is something, that every person carries with them, uniquely produced from their history in space. The development of spatial intelligence entails a range of investigations, including site specificity, temporality, materiality, scale and detail that in turn require a range of distinctive processes of drawing, collection and documentation. The activation of the spatial imagination of our students, releases their capacity to think and to design in three and four dimensions.

Design is at the heart of all our activities and students engage with design work in which human activities, events and habitation are linked to specific places and spaces. We are interested in developing a complex understanding of the spaces we inhabit and ways to negotiate our way through them. Notions of interior are fundamental to this understanding, offering tremendous opportunities for design. Any concept of interior raises questions about ‘how, what and when is the interior?’ An interior may be more than just the inside of a room, it may also relate to a person’s inhabitation of that room, or may be formed through an ephemeral event or installation. Interior Architecture may thus be described as a profession concerned with the ‘intimate’ and with the ‘specifics of inhabitation and bodily presence’. All this makes the discipline wonderfully fluid and mobile, which is one of its great advantages and a fitting reward for those who fully engage with it.