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Design for Social Spaces

Design for Social Spaces

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Manuela Mannino


Join Design for Social Spaces and gain an overview on the future of planning spaces for living, working and meeting, on this seminar based course. 
With the increasing demand for inspirational, social spaces, to work and live -  residential, corporate, retail and hospitality design are gradually merging.

This course will focus on the meaning of a circular design process, exploring new ways of interacting between spaces and users to challenge and push new design innovation. Creating flexible spaces which stimulate social collaborative relationships, networking and creativity.

You will look at practical case studies that focus on the hospitality sector including planning for events, flexible lobbies for work and relaxation in hotels, co-working spaces and hospitality services for residential design.

A dynamic course, providing you with up-to-date design concepts that will challenge you to think both critically and outside the box in relation to the future of design.

Topics Covered

  • How technology changed the way people live
  • A new life style, how work and life are merging
  • A new architecture, how in and out are merging
  • Global travel, local travel, mobile economy
  • Transitional hospitality
  • Co-working spaces are creative spaces
  • Planning flexible spaces
  • Hospitality services in residential design
Course Outcomes
You will have gained an overview of the latest developments in commercial design, with a focus on hospitality.

Who Should Attend
Practicing or aspiring interior designers, architects or event planners keen to learn about the current trends in social design for commercial spaces. This course could lead to further studies in hotel or commercial design.


View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [2938kb]

Tutor Description

Manuela Mannino is an Italian Architect and owner of THDP, a London and Turin Architecture and Interior Design practice specialising in hospitality design. THDP was established in 2004 with partner Nicholas Hickson. The studio has brought together some of Britain’s and Italy’s diverse design talents to serve the most prestigious International clients. THDP’s first project was the interior design for the Olympic Hotel Project ‘Pragelato Village Resort and Spa’ in Italy. Clients include Hilton, IHG and private investors. Working in London from 2000, she gained contract experience on residential developments projects: ‘Riverside Quarter’ and ‘Albion Riverside’ and designed the interiors for the contract design company CP Hart.  She brings her contemporary eclectic approach to projects, combined with her skills in design concept, to take care of the aesthetic link between architectural function and decorative details. Manuela is also a chartered member of RIBA.


Please bring along:

  • A notepad and pen

Available dates