BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces


We’re developing and validating a new course, the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces, to replace the  BA (Hons) Spatial Design. The new course is due to start at London College of Communication in September 2017 (subject to validation).

Click here for more information about the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces.


Designing with the Senses

Second year students are working on a collaborative project to redesign the public areas of the Royal National institute of Blind People in Judd street. Throughout the term the students will be working in groups to create a space that represents RNIB’S vision and aims, that is functional for people of all seeing abilities and that works with all senses. Students are asked to design for the emotional properties of sensory space and create an inclusive space experience.

This morning the students were briefed by Hugh Huddy, who explained the RNIB’S aims as well as how blind and partially sighted people navigate space.

Hugh Huddy talking to the students at the RNIB

Hugh Huddy talking to the students at the RNIB

Students spent some time documenting the space, mapping the sensory properties and the atmosphere of the space as well as the user journeys through the spaces.

Students documenting the space at RNIB

Students documenting the space at RNIB



In the afternoon, Mik Scarlet, access consultant,  came to lecture the students about inclusive design.

Mik Scarlet talking to students at LCC

Mik Scarlet talking to students at LCC

“What is inclusive design? Design that allows any user to interact with a space,  product or building in as similar manner as possible. […] it ensures shared experience for all users”. “It’s designers that design the barriers”


Never Mind the Bollards

Last Friday staff at the RIBA very kindly gave some of our exchange students a short tour of the library and its research facilities, to assist them with their summer research projects. All were impressed by the help offered by the learning team, and access available to our students. It was a valuable trip, students have already made use of their online catalogue to develop their bibliography proposals further.  IMG_1489 From there we headed over to Store St. to visit The Building Centre, and more specifically to look at 2 exhibitions, Public London and Never Mind the Bollards both part of the London Festival of Architecture Public London exhibition slightly shocked our overseas spatial design students, as the giant interactive model and exhibition combined, revealed to them quite how many transformative spatial and architectural design projects are happening all over London, The exhibition inspired visits this weekend by one of our group, to areas of London until now unknown.


Outside in the South Crescent, an installation, called ‘Never mind the Bollards’ looked at the place everyday items of street furniture play within our streetscapes, and perhaps asked us to question their history, usage and design, and the contribution these sometimes overlooked items can play in shaping out public spaces.


IMG_1494Curator Sarah Gaventa also prompts us to question the design future of our public spaces, and highlights how little data has been gathered about how we use our public realm in the past, in the accompanying free newspaper publication – Secrets of Public space revealed



A trip to Shoreditch: Campaign & The Geffrye Museum

Last week our some of our students went on a research trip to Shoreditch, to both widen their understanding & experience of the UK’s spatial design industry, and to do a little research at one of London’s smaller museums.

First stop, a design studio known for its conceptual, innovative & technologically integrated approach to branded spaces, in particular the retail experience

‘We create engaging consumer experiences for discerning clients’ – Campaign

Creative Director, Philip Handford welcomed us to his studio, and gave us all an insightful overview of his company and it’s development, his personal design ethos and his hopes going forward for the company. He also shared some illuminating facts about the way Campaign approach larger scale projects.

It became evident to the students that successful collaborative skills are essential on any kind of large scale retail design project, where increasingly a variety of design disciplines are coming together to create exciting three dimensional ‘experiences’. These might include interactive, digital, sound, lighting, graphic applications or film, but it is clear the pivotal role Campaign play in developing the overall spatial concept design, narrative, structure, and atmosphere of a space. It is good to see this, as it makes us all appreciate how well placed the BA Spatial Design course is at LCC, being surrounded by fellow students and lecturers on parallel courses to collaborate with, not only while at college but also in their future careers.

As we were shown around the office, it was also very interesting to see how the latest three dimensional printing technology is being used in house, as a testing and prototyping tool for the development of design ideas. For each project also how important it is to always have samples of the materials you are designing with close to hand….

Next stop Museum of the Home, only a short walk up the road, but a very different spatial experience to our previous stop.



These 18th century almshouses are home to the Geffrye Museum

Our overseas students were interested to find out about the residential interior’s of the UK’s middle classes through the century’s, as two of them are thinking about looking at furniture design in relation to spatial design a summer research projects. It was also interesting to try and explore how the term ‘middle classes’ has evolved in the context of our social history, and impacted on the development of London housing stock

1830's Drawing room

1830’s Drawing room

1870's drawing room

1870’s drawing room

A living room in 1965 photographed by Chris Ridley

A living room in 1965 photograph by Chris Ridley

The 1965 room and it’s furniture proved the most popular amongst our students, along with the beautiful gardens to the rear of the building, these were also divided into areas of planting and design of the 16th century through to the 20th century.


A moment to relax in the herb garden

Enjoying the herb garden

Students commented that the Museum feels a bit like a small ‘oasis or time capsule’ in the the middle of what is a very urban and quite commercial part of the city.

Prototyping Generosity – Transience and Placemaking in Lewisham

Some of the second year students are currently working on a project based in Lewisham, led by design collective Eclective. Lewisham is a place currently in a state of change with a planned regeneration in progress, the recently opened overground station and and influx of new residents fleeing high rents and housing prices in other areas. The aim of the project is to create design interventions that encourage generosity and collaboration between transient or new residents and permanent residents of Lewisham by creating touch points for interaction.

Last Thursday the students went to the site with prototypes of their ideas. The aim was to test their design ideas prior to finalising their designs, and to collect primary research by observing residents’ reactions to and interactions with their prototypes.


Students Gui and Lucas set up their prototype

Students Zijing Gui and Lucas Anghinoni set up their prototype

Gui, Lucas and Jessica's prototype

Zijing Gui, Lucas Anghinoni and Jessica Mavambu’s prototype

Karin setting up one of her group's prototypes

Karin Onuki Kussaba setting up one of her group’s prototypes


Close up - Karin, Stephanie and Joy's model on display

Close up – Karin Onki Kussaba, Stephanie Nylen and Joy Williams’ model on display

Stephanie creating an intervention with balloons

Stephanie Nylen creating a mini-intervention with balloons


Cindy Wong, Ella Zhao, Shiman Feng and Fin Rujikiatkamjorn marking up their space in the park

Cindy Wong, Ella Zhao, Shiman Feng and Fin Rujikiatkamjorn marking up their space in the park

The Lewisham project is part of two year UAL research project titled Cultures of Resilience (CoR). The project aims to create a new discourse around Resilience, with the hope of creating a more Resilient society, better able to cope with crisis and disaster.

The first phase of the project will culminate in the CoR Exchange at Well Gallery, from the 24th – 27th March. Our students will be presenting their work and some of their prototypes on Thursday 26th March from 10am – 11.30am.




Sustainability Library and Mobile Unit

A year 1 student project designed, built and realised by students on BA (Hons) Spatial Design London College of Communication University of the Arts London.
Supported by the LCC Staff Development Project Mode Fund

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During the academic year 2013-2014 Year 1 BA (Hons) Spatial Design students were  given a live project to promote sustainable design within LCC.
Students designed a mobile unit to house sustainable books which can be taken to  different spaces for special talks, and design the space in which it would be situated in the LCC library. The space needed to have a recognisable identity, which people within LCC  would want to be a part of and that can be recognised both within the library and as part of  the mobile unit; we decided to use a variety of materials and processes to convey this.
Throughout the summer, Joy Williams and Ashleigh Nutton, BA Spatial Design year 1  students, designed and constructed the space using individual features from shortlisted  student projects and then collaborated further to create the space. During the year  2014-2015 the space and the mobile unit will be used for a series of guest expert talks on  sustainability and books organized by Barbara Salvadori. Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (44) Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (5) Spatial_Design_Library_Installation_Lewis_Bush (2)

Donations and materials:
LCC Staff Development Fund Project Mode paid for the materials and labour
Interface: sustainable flooring company donated the tiles featured on the floor and on the unit and shelf.
LMB: clothing recycling company donated the old clothing for the seats.
Gregor Garber, 3D Workshop Technician: donated the wheels for the Mobile unit from an old shopping trolley.
Barbara Salvadori Printmaking Technician: donated the chalk shelf that was previously housed in her office.
Kidbrooke Park Primary School donated a generous amount of used pencils that were cut and reused for the installation.
All wood was reclaimed pallets and reused MDF from the LCC scrap yard.
The paint used is sustainable paint from Ecos Organic paints and little Greene for specific colours. The white is from Community Repaint. composed image

Joy Williams
Ashleigh Nutton

Shortlisted students:
Kamila Rataj
Joy Williams
Sin Chi Cindy Wong
Kirstie Everard
Chiara Ravaioli
Shelly-Anne Newman
Yu Ella Zhao
Anna Koroleva
Ashleigh Nutton

Course Leaders and tutors on the project:
Valerie Mace
Silvia Grimadi

Project idea and development:
Barbara Salvadori (Printmaking Technician)
Silvia Grimaldi
Valerie Mace

Thanks to:
The LCC Library Team
The LCC 3D Workshop Team
The LCC Finance Team
Veronica Kingsley from Interface
Rob Bell
Steffi Nylen

Photography by Lewis Bush

Download the Press Release

Download BA Spatial LCC library sustainability press images 1200px

Read about the Sustainable Library project on inhabitat and Your Personal InteriorDesigner

Spatial Experience talk

By Valerie Mace

I was invited by the MA Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art to give a talk on Spatial Experience – An Insight into Environmental Perceptions. MA students form different courses across the programmes were able to attend, they were a fantastic audience and I hope many of them will be able to use the talk as the basis for further research and inspiration for their own design practice.

Valerie Mace on Spatial Experience recording


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Valerie Mace’s thoughts on BA Spatial Design

Valerie Mace wrote an interesting blog post about BA Spatial Design. Here is an extract below:

In recent years I have found it increasingly difficult to define myself as an interior designer simply because the nature of my work is so much more complex and ‘undisciplinary’. I can say with certainty that I work with spaces but projects (and clients) today demand highly sophisticated creative practices which straddle ground and relationships between interiors, surfaces, products, graphics, architecture, environment, art, communication, technology and psychology. We are talking about spaces designed for people with all the wonderful complexities that it entails. I believe working in design has never been more exciting.

So this is what I’m experiencing as a practitioner but what about people who are about to embark on a career in design? I’m fortunate as a university lecturer to be working within the dynamic and innovative Spatial Communication programme at London College of Communication. We have been given the opportunity to redesign our portfolio and provide our students with an advanced learning programme that addresses the intricacies of today’s design industries in a stimulating and inspiring style.

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BA (Hons) Spatial at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London design focuses on the design of branded, exhibition, environmental and interior spaces. This course responds to the growth in working across disciplines such as interiors, surfaces, products and graphics to provide integrated design solutions for customers and audiences.

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BA (Hons) Spatial at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London design focuses on the design of branded, exhibition, environmental and interior spaces. This course responds to the growth in working across disciplines such as interiors, surfaces, products and graphics to provide integrated design solutions for customers and audiences.