In The Studio: Athina Leontiou – MA Interior & Spatial Design
Originally from Cyprus, Athina Leontiou has been studying MA Interior and Spatial Design this year at Chelsea. We caught up with Athina to hear how their practice developed throughout the year.
Describe your experience at Chelsea in 3 words
Inspiring, demanding and fun.
Please tell us about your work over the last year
My work aims to identify, investigate and challenge working patterns in order to develop a vision that will improve peoples’ lives through their daily working routines. My project proposes a network of hybrid spaces, which will be embedded in the existing networks and trajectories of users of London’s Paddington station. The proposed infrastructure would provide satellite hubs for work, leisure and socialisation. The architectural and programmatic design supports existing activities with necessary facilities, promotes social cohesion and provides a playful urban environment for everyday visitors.
What was your greatest challenge in working towards the degree show?
The greatest challenge was to manage and distribute my time correctly in order to bring all my work to the desired level of analysis and representation.
What do you see yourself doing after you graduate, what are your career ambitions?
I am looking forward to working in creative and inventive architectural design practice. I consider spatial design as a collaborative act of sharing ideas and knowledge, so I want to contribute to design-orientated research, design exciting projects and deliver creative environments.
What have you enjoyed most about studying at Chelsea?
I really enjoyed the inspiring and motivational environment at Chelsea. I also enjoyed using the workshops, since their outstanding facilities and staff really supported the development of my work to a great extent.
What have you most enjoyed about the area around Chelsea? Any tips?
Chelsea is situated in a fantastic area, where you can engage with many other activities; walking next to the River, visiting Tate Britain next door to Chelsea and of course so it’s close to central London!
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing your course? Any advice?
The course is a great opportunity for anyone who is willing to take risks, question theoretical and practical ideas and develop new methodologies for research and design.
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