Valerie Mace

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Senior Lecturer Spatial Design Course Leader BA (Hons) Spatial Design

London College of Communication

Biography

Valerie is Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Spatial Design at the London College of Communication. This innovative course integrates multidisciplinary practices to inform the design of experiential environments that cater for the diversity of human needs for sustainable futures. Previously, Valerie ran the FdA Graphic and Spatial Communication and the Interior Design Diploma courses at LCC. She also created a digital drawing virtual learning environment for the University of the Arts' Centre for Teaching and Learning, and taught on professional courses at Chelsea College of Arts.

As Senior Lecturer Valerie has gained extensive experience in teaching and curriculum developments for interior and spatial design practices. She also initiates collaborations with external partners, recently working with the Southbank University acoustic lab, Wimbledon Station, Team London Bridge and National Park City London. Valerie also develops international partnerships for Spatial Design at LCC and has set up a network with universities across Europe and further afield in Indonesia, Australia and India.

With a background in interior design for leisure and hospitality environments, Valerie's work centres on experiential design, sensing and atmosphere. She draws on a variety of media, from model-making to 3D digital environments, photography, film and animated narratives.

Research interests

Architectural Atmosphere, Sensory Design, Spatial Experience, Interiority, Urban Interiors.

Research statement

Mace's research interests are situated in spatial and sensory practices with a focus on architectural atmospheres and sensory design, investigating ways we can document and enrich our experience of spaces through design-led research. Grounded in architectural environments, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside while retaining an interior perspective, projects incorporate interdisciplinary design practices, studies on atmosphere, phenomenological and sensory ethnographic modalities.

In past projects, she has applied a range of digital media and scenographic techniques to the exploration of affective qualities in spaces. She also developed methods to document and map architectural atmosphere and sensory perceptions, to provide new understandings on ways in which spaces resonate with our senses. Alongside conferences and seminars, she takes part in events as guest speaker, notably at the Royal College of Arts and the London College of Communication. She is currently enrolled on a Doctoral programme in Spatial Practices at Central Saint Martins.

Selected research outputs