Leeds School of Arts

Meet our BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design Staff Team

As we can't currently meet face-to-face at open days and other events we have compiled some information about our dynamic Interior Architecture & Design staff team to assist prospective students in getting to know us and learning who to get in touch with about the course.

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Our highly experienced team is comprised of both practitioners and educators from a variety of complementary backgrounds who are united by a common interest teaching the importance of creative, sustainable, human-centred design throughout the three years BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course.

Design Tutors

Amanda Wanner

COURSE DIRECTOR

Amanda is an alumna of the course and is both an interior designer and an architect with experience of running her own award-winning practice, Studio Three, Liverpool. Amanda’s research expertise explores collaborative processes, and crafting ceramic architectural building components. She is a Director of ECAlab (Environmental Ceramics for Architecture Laboratory) and this work has been exhibited at Tate Liverpool, RIBA North and The Building Centre. Amanda tutors in both second and third year.

Visit Amanda Wanner's staff profile.

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Joan Love

FIRST YEAR CO-ORDINATOR

Joan is an artist and interior designer and is an alumna of the course. Joan’s research expertise encompasses the autism-friendly design of schools, colleges and residential accommodation for autistic children and adults. Joan’s tutoring draws heavily on design inspiration found in the overlap between fine art, sculpture, music, literature, film and the sensory experience of interior space. Joan tutors in first year.

Visit Joan Love's staff profile.

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Evie Martin

Evie is an alumna of the course and is a part II architectural assistant at Building Design Partnership and works across their studios in Leeds and Sheffield. She is involved in the housing and mixed-use sector, working on heritage and new build projects. Evie’s tutoring focuses on the relationship between user and space from function to atmospheric experience, whilst bridging educational material and methods with approaches to design in practice. Evie tutors in first year.

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Lauren Crawley

Lauren is an interior designer at Bruntwood, Manchester, and is an alumna of the course. Lauren is currently specialising in workplace design; taking a holistic approach, her design intentions are to inject well-being through creativity into spaces. She hopes to create a brighter more agile future for the places we ‘choose' to work, helping to connect people to intelligent spaces. Lauren tutors in first and second year. 

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Sarah Joyce

SECOND YEAR CO-ORDINATOR (maternity post)

Sarah is an architect and through her research is part of a global network of spatial designers developing new ideas for the design of the birth environment and maternity facilities. Her research is rooted in the user’s experiences of spaces and the co-production of new architectural knowledge with those people who will put it to practical use. Sarah tutors in second year. 

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Jen Chalkley

Jen has experience in architectural design practice and her research explores how play with architectural toys can improve students form manipulation skills. Jen is currently on maternity leave and will return in the academic year 21-22 as second year co-ordinator and tutor.

Visit Jen Chalkley's staff profile.

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Maryam Osman

THIRD YEAR CO-ORDINATOR

Maryam is an architect with experience working on a wide range of projects from commercial, high-end multi-residential to transport and hospitality, both in the UK and internationally. Some of the known projects she has worked on include, the Manchester Corn-Exchange building restoration and renovation, Tottenham Court Road redevelopment with the London Underground and the new 1688 Residences in Sydney, Australia. She is a director of Elite Dwellings LTD a successful development and interior design company. Maryam tutors in third year. 

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Patrick Cook

Patrick is an alumnus of the course and a designer at Gagarin Studio. After graduating, Patrick became a member of Gagarin Studio, a new practice focusing on regional design in the North. Gagarin’s holistic view of design has allowed Patrick to work on a range of projects and across disciplines to include architecture, interiors, furniture, product and graphic design, ensuring every detail of every project is a considered part of the whole. Over the past six years Gagarin has grown into a multi-award award practice winning national awards from residential projects to pedestrian bridges. Patrick tutors in third year. 

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Theory and Research Tutors

Joanna Leah

Joanna is a fine artist and practitioner engaging with alternative, unusual and experiential sites through drawing, installation and performance. Current work has engaged with waste urban/rural liminal space – Edgelands to develop bodies of work that reread the sites to construct and articulate new spaces. Research interests follow all things diagrammatic, engages with choreographic drawing, writing and installations, kineticism, movement patterns, materiality and new materialisms, interdisciplinary practices that intersect with notions of space, body and text. Joanna tutors Contextual and Critical Studies in first and second year but teaches across the Arts School. Her approach is practice-led with an emphasis on the synthesis of theory and practice.

Visit Joanna Leah's staff profile here.

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Will McMahon

Will is an architectural historian especially interested in how architecture might work outside of humanist frameworks that centre around the individual, and how we might instead understand design as a collaborative, ecological process. He tutors Design Research in second and third year.

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Visiting Lecturers

We are also joined by a series of external visiting lecturers throughout the year including graphic designers and structural engineers, so that students can learn from their specialist design expertise.

Joan Love

Senior Lecturer / Leeds School Of Arts

Joan Love is a senior lecturer and an artist who has experience of interior design in architectural practice.  Her research explores autism-friendly design containing a special interest in spatial transitioning environments.  

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