If you are thinking about studying Interior Architecture, but are not too sure where the degree might take you, here is news from six of our alumni. This will provide you with a small flavour of the breadth and diversity of work which is available to you once you qualify from our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design course at Leeds Beckett University:
Evie Sudlow (graduated 2014.)
‘I'm currently working as Lead Spatial Designer at StoreyStudio, London, working on a diverse range of projects within high end retail, exhibition and installation design. As a studio we work fluidly between various creative disciplines to explore the concept of space, creating immersive and engaging environments across our projects.
We have just finished a pop-up store in LA for an emerging beauty brand called Roven, where we designed a retail space which explored the concept of surreal nature. We are currently working on several new projects, including the design of ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’, an upcoming exhibition at the V&A due to open in February 2020:
Evie has also led the design for: A project for Nike in Chicago last summer, which involved transforming a 19th century church into a pop-up basketball court for the local community; and a Moroccan inspired set for Wallpaper magazine.
Marcus Haworth (graduated 2012).
‘For the last four years I have been working in BleeHalligan's Turks and Caicos studio, in the West Indies, heading up the design of the Blue Cay Estates project which is a fifteen-villa residential development. It is due to complete early next year and we have actually just been awarded the Best Architecture for Multiple residence at the international property awards. I have also been acting as the on-site architect for a private house called 'Windbreak Villa' which we handed over last month.’
Stefanie Taylor (graduated 2008.)
Stefanie joined Make Architects London studio in 2012 and has experience across a wide range of projects in the UK, Asia and Australia. Working closely with architectural and wider project teams, Stefanie delivers bespoke macro-to-micro interior design solutions that harmonise with architectural concepts, ensuring each project is finished to a high level of quality and detail. Her portfolio spans across a variety of sectors including retail, residential, hotel, hospitality, workplace and FFE design.
Stefanie relocated to the Make’s Sydney studio in 2017 to work on an experiential installation with an emphasis on local materials, craftsmanship and bespoke detailing. The project above was shortlisted within the Installation Design category at the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards.
Jonny Moreland (graduated 2016.)
‘All is going well in Hong Kong; I’ve been on a few great projects and filling the creative roles which is rewarding...both at Sugar and Spatial Concept. Also working on some creative artworks and exhibitions on the side in collaboration with a few artists, too, just to keep that going.
My work in Hong Kong is providing creative solutions in corporate design. Each project is unique; carefully balancing between aesthetic and function, while the nature of this market is orientating dramatically towards openness, inclusivity and wellbeing: It’s great to be at the forefront of this.’
Sarah Dodsworth, Creative Director, (graduated 2005.)
‘I started working at SpaceInvader in Manchester 9 years ago and have helped build our team of dedicated interior designers from 3 to over 30. In 2017 I had the opportunity to set up a studio in Leeds which has been the most immense 2 years, creating our gorgeous studio within the Green Sand Foundry in Holbeck and building our presence in the Yorkshire market. At SpaceInvader everything we do is focused on our belief that we have the power to inspire people to live healthier, happier, more productive lives through our designs.’
‘The Harrogate scheme is a refurbishment of a 1970s building; we are pulling away the 40 years+ of layers to reveal the rather lovely waffle concrete ceilings. We are also breaking through the façade to create better links with a remodelled internal courtyard, with a café and social spaces.’
‘The Leeds scheme is in Holbeck, next door to our own studio and part of the wider Southbank redevelopment which is amazing. This is a new build with RIBA award winning London architects doing the masterplan and base-buildings, whilst we are looking at all the interior spaces including events space, food and beverage, co-working, business lounge and small office studios.
The concept is hinged around creating a community and creating spaces and environments which support people to work better, better productivity, socialise, and support overall wellbeing.’
Nine of our IAD alumni work across the SpaceInvader Leeds and Manchester studios.
Martha Radtke (graduated 2017.)
‘I work on hospitality and residential projects throughout London for Conran Design Group, seeing ideas through from the seed of a concept to completion. I find it really exciting to push the boundaries of conceptual thinking whilst applying it to real life situations. It’s so rewarding to watch your ideas come to life. I see Charlotte Conroy every day (Conran Partners) (also an alumnus from IAD, graduated 2015) - we are good friends! Sometimes we work together on projects. It’s really nice having a connection from uni.’
Some other alumni who have senior positions and who have spread their wings:
- Charlotte Wilson is Co-lead of Interiors at Make Architects, Sydney.
- James Aitken is Senior Lead at wework in New York.
- Amanda Marshall is Creative Lead at Checkland Kindleysides, London.
- Sonia Brown is a Director at Quadrant Design, Reading.
- Catriona Stewart is an Associate Director at Lumsden Design, London.
- Llinos Hughes is Team Director at Orbit Architects, London.
- Martin Dourish is an Associate Director at Naomi Cleaver, Manchester.