21 May Visit of Valerie Mace, expert in Spatial Design at London College of Communication
Valerie Mace is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) Design for Branded Spaces at London College of Communication (LCC). Her interdisciplinary profile is reflected in her interests in spatial design, branded spaces, public interiors and urban environments. As a spatial designer, Valerie usually works with 3D architectural environments. She has more recently been integrating photography, information design, film and time-based media into her work.
In 2016, Valerie received the UAL (University of the Arts London) Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Her research interests are situated in spatial and sensory practices with a focus on atmospheres in the built environment. As she says, “Projects today demand highly sophisticated creative practices which straddle ground and relationships between interior and exterior spaces, communication, experience, technology, psychology, ecology and sustainability“.
Valerie Mace visited ESDi Higher School of Design from May 21 to 23, 2019. During these days, she offered two lectures on perception of the senses, within two subjects of the Degree in Design. Firstly, for the subject Project Basis of Professor James Gilpin, together with the first-year students. The second, for the subject Design Themes of Professor Pilar Bonet, together with the third-year students of all the specialties. The teaching sessions of the invited professor Valerie Mace stood out for their multidisciplinary, philosophical and social vision on the perception of space. From different cases of study, she dealt with the sensory dimension of space (interior and exterior) and the possibilities of creating places of sensory experience and community.
Workshop at Roca Gallery
In addition, Valerie held the workshop “Exploration and design of multisensory spaces” at Roca Gallery. Aimed at 2nd year students of the Official Degree in Interior Design, this exploratory workshop provided them with an evaluative insights into sensory information in the environment and addressed their influence on perceptions and behavior. Students learned active sensory research methods, which will allow them to integrate the principles of multisensory design. Always with the purpose of designing spaces and interiors for health and well-being.