Valerie is Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. This innovative course integrates interdisciplinary practices to inform the design of experiential spaces. As Course Leader and external examiner, Valerie has gained extensive experience in teaching and curriculum developments. She previously led the BA (Hons) Spatial Design, the FdA Graphic and Spatial Communication and the Interior Design Diploma courses at LCC. She also taught on the BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Branding Graphic and Identify, and MA Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures also at LCC.
Valerie develops international partnerships for the Design for Branded Spaces course with a network of universities across Europe and further afield in Canada, Indonesia and Australia. She also initiates collaborations with external partners including Southbank University acoustic lab, Southwark Council, Southwest Trains, Team London Bridge, The Foreign Design Policy Group in Singapore, MUZA Heritage Malta. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is the recipient of three teaching awards, including more recently the Outstanding Teaching Award 2019-2020.
Valerie’s research is grounded in phenomenological-ecology and situated in multi-sensory practices for experiential design. In her work, she integrates interdisciplinary perspectives to investigate embodied experiences, emotional qualities, and synergies between the micro and macro-scales of perception; to enhance and enrich relational contexts between people and environment. She is conducting PhD research at Central Saint Martins, and to redefine personalisation as a dimension of intimacy for the public realm, Valerie’s PhD investigates how design can cultivate visitors’ ability to develop positive emotional connections towards the environment the public interior, and aims to develop a sensori-emotional framework for experiential design.
Valerie regularly contributes to journal publications, conferences and seminars, and through her research, has designed sensory activities for a number of universities including the Royal College of Arts, Central St Martins, ESDI Higher School of Design and the University of Navarra. She is also guest editor on “Multisensory Research and Design for Health and Wellbeing in Architectural Environments”, a Special issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and contributed a chapter on ‘Transient Domesticity in the Urban Interior’ in ‘Interior Futures’ published in 2019.