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 ran the BA (Hons) Spatial Design, Graphic and Spatial Communication and Interior Design courses, taught on the BA (Hons) Interior Design and MA Social Innovation and Sustainable Futures at LCC. She regularly contributes lectures and workshops across universities including, the Royal College of Arts, Central St Martins, ESDI Higher School of Design and Politecnico do Milano. She is the recipient of two teaching awards, the Outstanding Teaching Awards in 2015-2016 and 2019-2020.
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.
Valerie’s research is situated in multi-sensory design with a focus on the experiential, to explore and redefine the relationship between people and environments. In her work, she integrates interdisciplinary practices to investigate embodied experiences, the qualitative and emotional contexts of environmental experience. She is a PhD candidate at Central Saint Martins, exploring personalisation as a dimension of intimacy, how design can cultivate visitors’ ability to develop positive emotional connections with the public interior. 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.