University of the Arts London highlights six interior design projects

Dozen School Offers: An app that uses abandoned car parks and a community café feature in Dezeen’s latest school show by students at University of the Arts London.

A museum examining the role of female workers in the Industrial Revolution and a scheme aimed at integrating the physical and digital worlds to connect people to their surroundings are also included.


Establishment: University of the Arts London
The school: Camberwell College of Art
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design

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For the following projects, undergraduate students in Interior and Spatial Design at Camberwell collaborated with students at IED Kunsthal, a design university located in Bilbao, Spain.

The students focused on renovating Zorrotzaurre, a post-industrial district in Bilbao built on an artificial island.

“The project goal was to design proposals for a former site for a biscuit factory, which required working remotely online with students at IED Kunsthal as they research and explore the area together.

Each student created a map of the urban landscape through a variety of media including textiles, projection, and interaction.

Some of Camberwell’s students also visited the site in Bilbao, where they presented maps of the urban fabric of Zorozzuri’s current state and design proposals for the island’s future.

“They have also taken part in a show at the university, as well as giving presentations and workshops as part of DRS2022.”


Society and Colloquial Language: The Physical and the Virtual, Leah Fakhoury

“Society and Slang is an extension of my thesis on the idea that people in today’s society are passive consumers who use only the spaces in which they live, and are not actually part of the process of designing it.

“My project explores merging the physical and digital world to help revitalize the connection between people and space.

The physical world comprises six separate pavilions suspended across the site of the Artiach Cookie Factory in Bilbao, Spain.

“The virtual world houses unified pavilions suspended together to represent the community’s capabilities to inform and transform its terrain.”

student: Lea Fakhoury
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design


A visualization of a multi-use outdoor space

Mobile Community Repair Cafés by Mia Bizzard

“Using my research on themes of exploring accessibility, connectivity, and communities, this project continues my investigation of connectivity engineering—connecting people, the city, and the environment.

“This project proposes a series of workshops and exhibition spaces that have essentially become repair cafés, all connected by retractable awnings, and this project promotes waste reduction and sustainable, community-focused lifestyles.

“The idea is to build a bridge and connect these places – located around Zorrotzaurre Island in Bilbao, Spain – as well as the local community through this fragmented series of spaces.

It aims to enable residents to take an active role in shaping their communities, as well as build on the legacy of the site by adding an engaging and engaging design that helps enhance and attract people to the area.

student: Mia Bizzard
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design


A visualization that shows a multi-use space

The Art District in Zorotzori by Maya Mahmoud

“The project offers a unique experience to its visitors by taking them on a designed tour through three spaces: a gallery, an auditorium and a multipurpose social space.

“The project targets the local community and those who share a common interest in Bilbao’s growing art scene.

“Spatial planning explores the act of observing, using thresholds and viewing frames to get visitors to see, experience, and ask about their surroundings.

“The point is to use the display frames as a tool to observe portions of other spaces, allowing for surprising interactions to occur between visitors.

“It also constitutes a deeper understanding of the visitor’s experiences and how it is affected by the creation of the space.”

student: Maya Mahmoud
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design


3D view of the building layout on a white background

Time Traveler by Qiao Wang

“I have created a temporary exhibition to promote the local cultural heritage in Zorozzuri, Bilbao, Spain.

“This solar-powered installation is based on the streamlined shape of the Zorrotzaurre, which is intended to provide visitors with a quick tour of the island.

To pique the interest of visitors, they will feel as if they are exploring a maze as they walk inside the facility, just as they are discovering and seeking knowledge in an unfamiliar city.

“This project promotes the region’s industrial heritage culture to visitors from all over the world while boosting the local tourism economy and providing educational cultural dissemination.

“In the installation, I used the factory’s bobbin structure and woven fabric, which was inspired by my map. All materials used are sustainable.”

student: Qiao Wang
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design


Imagine showing the entrance to the exhibition

Women’s Textile Museum by Shiyuan Liu

The Museum of Textiles and Women aims to identify places of inequality that women experienced in the workplace during the Industrial Revolution.

“The project is based on research into Artiach’s history during the Industrial Revolution when nearly 80 percent of workers were women.

“Although Artiach offered employment opportunities to the women, their working and treatment conditions were poor.

The design translates women’s inequality in the workplace into four thematic rooms: control, inconvenience, isolation, and vulnerability.

“The interactive exhibition helps visitors understand the conditions that working women experienced in the workplace during the Industrial Revolution.”

student: Xuan Liu
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design


A visualization showing an outdoor cinema made of a converted multi-storey car park

(Junk) scape – Rethink and Recycle Places That Don’t Exist by Kiwi Chan

“This project represents innovative ways to transform car parks from non-spatial and anonymous spaces to urban spaces.

“scape (Junk) is a system and service that makes efficient uses of ‘wasted’ space and energy around ‘non-places’, i.e. parking.

“This app rethinks and recycles completely underutilized parking lots using the rental and scheduling system.

My primary design proposal explores ‘unmanned’ people, hoping to provide support to the local homeless community and raise awareness about this ‘invisible separation’ through the film.

“This proposal also aims to integrate responsible engagement with Bizitegi, a non-profit organization that has contributed to building services for individuals from the world of exclusion and mental illness in Bilbao.”

student:kiwi chan
a path: Bachelor’s degreeInterior and Spatial Design

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This school fair is a partnership between Dezeen and University of the Arts London. Learn more about Dezeen Partnership content here.

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