Course Leader, BA(Hons) Interior Design

Fay Freeman is the new Course Leader for BA(Hons) Interior Design having joined the University in 2015. She has worked professionally in the design industry for over 20 years, having worked internationally in Hong Kong, Sydney and London on a range of projects covering retail, residential and commercial projects.

During her time in Sydney throughout the Olympic period, she worked for Saunders Creative on concept retail stores throughout Australia, including Jurlique and Block dance stores. Returning to London in 2003 she then spend a couple of years in art direction and interior styling, working alongside Sania Pell for the likes of Elle Decoration, Monsoon, Marks and Spencer's etc. Richard Hywel-Evans then approached her to develop an interiors sector in his London studio, where she worked on some amazing projects including an underwater spa in the Maldives and an innovative glass penthouse in Nottinghill.

She is passionate about working with industry and giving students the opportunity to collaborate on real, forward thinking schemes that can be realised. In 2018 she initiated an industry led project with the award winning Campaign Design enabling students to look at the future of retail. Run as a competition the winning team worked with their sponsors Corian and fabricators to build an experiential pop-up which exhibited at the London Design Festival.

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Contact details

Telephone 01326 255848



Year Qualification Awarding body
1993 BA Hons Landscape Architecture Manchester Metropolitan University
1995 Diploma Interior Design The London Design School
2017 PGCHE Creative Education Falmouth University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Staff Excellence Award for best collaborative project

Membership of external committees

Fellow of HEA

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Particular interests would be the future of the retail industry, linking with Industry and creating projects where students can learn from 'Doing it for Real'.
I've attended Wired conferences on the future of retail and am in contact with forecasters such as Felix Scarlett from GDR which helps with keeping the students globally aware of the emerging trends and design language.

Research Topics

  • Industry Collaboration as well as Interdisciplinary and the Future of Retail

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs



CAT Session



Pop-up displayed at the London Design Festival


Areas of teaching

  • 1st
  • 2nd and 3rd Year Interior Design. Foundation skills through to Specification and materiality

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Interior Design

CPD delivered

2018 CAT session on Interdisciplinary for June 14,15th