Valerie is Course Leader at the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication) where she teaches experiential spatial design practices. She is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Her research explores multisensory practices for design to enrich relations between people and their environment with a focus on embodied experiences, emotions and wellbeing. Previous work includes investigations into architectural atmospheres, notably a project called ‘Sensing the Urban Interior’, and, more recently, a phenomenological study of transient domesticity in the urban interior published in ‘Interior Futures’. She is currently developing PhD research project, investigating the concept of personalisation as a dimension of intimacy, to explore how spaces where the sensing body becomes intimately connected to its environment can have a positive influence on people’s emotions and contribute to wellbeing.