Amanda Hopkins

Senior researcher BA Architecture Spaces & Objects

Central Saint Martins


A graduate initially in psychology, Hopkins returned to university in 1990 to study Art & Design. My practice, which has developed out of these disciplines, nurtures ideas and outputs rooted in reflective, human experience. 

She works for clients in both public and private sectors - Islington Council, Essex County Council, French Kier Anglia, Stephen Pimbley architects - making permanent and temporary work which seeks to reconnect people with places around them in unusual and surprising ways. 

She has taught at various HE institutions including Goldsmiths, London Metropolitan University and has been a member of staff at CSM since 1998.

Research interests

Exploring nature as a souvenir versus nature as enveloping, relational and used: examining the unspoken, the uncomfortable and the world beyond appearances. Developing cross-disciplinary thinking skills.

Research statement

There are two principal strands to my research

  1. Exploring ways to reconnect ourselves with places around us through heightened sensitivity to the world beyond appearances. 'Prospects' for example, explores the micro aspects of a newly developed art, science and nature park in the Lea Valley, Hertfordshire using collections to examine the transience, biodiversity and movement of species across the different bio regions of the park. 'Ropetackle lenses' explore the world turned upside down, magnified and manipulated in various ways via a series of lenses permanently installed on the banks of the Adur River. 'Raw' (2010 and ongoing) takes the usedness of allotments as its starting point for an exploration of transience in nature and our relationship to cycles of change and the idea of the souvenir.
  2. Developing practice-based tools for enhancing thinking skills for use across different disciplines and in socially responsive design.

Selected research outputs