Emma East graduated in 2011 from the University of Derby in Architectural Technology & Design, however her love of interiors was found during her year in industry, working for an Office Fit-Out company in London. Emma went on to win 'Best in Show' at her degree show and a place at the New Designers held in London. 

This kickstarted her career in industry working for Resolution Interiors based in Somerset, where as a Junior Designer she worked for brands such as The National Trust. Wanting to expand her experience, Emma's next move was to high street retailer Lush. Here she was thrown into the deep end and worked closely with the Store Design Creative Directors on the flagship store in Oxford Street which transformed the brands vision for large scale stores across the globe. She worked collaboratively with Global Design Teams and Partner Countries to deliver countless store designs internationally. Her last project was as joint Lead Designer on the Flagship store in Tokyo, Japan. 

Her latest role is back at Resolution Interiors where she has built a sister-design agency Field, who specialise in retail and commercial interiors, and has recently been short-listed for Overall Store Collaboration at the Creative Retail Awards. Emma continues to work at Field alongside her role here at Falmouth with the intent to bring more live briefs to the students, as well as, build relationships with suppliers and design agencies for the students to pursue to gain valuable industry experience.

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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2011 BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology & Design University of Derby

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Passionate about sustainable materials and circular design, Emma is keen to explore these topics and bring them to the forefront of the discussions in the studio. Alongside this, Emma is keen to link students with industry partners, supporting the 'Doing it for real' initiative.


Areas of teaching

  • Design Innovation (Micro Living and Brand Project)
  • Professional Skills
  • Negotiated Project

Professional Engagement

Independent professional practice

New Designers - 2011
Short-listed 'Overall Store Collaboration' - Creative Retail Awards - 2022