Dr Ro Spankie is a Principal Lecturer and Course Leader for BA Interior Architecture.
I trained as an architect at University College London, a have a City and Guilds in Cabinet Making. I have exhibited and published work related to the interior both in the UK and abroad. I am a Founder member of Interior Educators, a UK forum for Interior Architecture and Interior Design Educators. http://interioreducators.co.uk/ and am Associate Editor of the international journal: Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Taylor & Francis).
I am currently curating Travelling Companions an exhibition based of the work of the artists Judy Goldhill and Fay Ballard, held at ARB; Art at the Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge. 2 March to 10 April 2020
· External Examiner of PhD Thesis, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, 2018
· External Examiner for BDes (Hons) Interior & Environmental Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee 2018-21
· External Examiner for the Graduate School of Architecture, (GSA), University of Johannesburg. 2016-18
· External Examiner for BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University, 2015-19
· External Examiner for Interior Design MA, University of Brighton, 2013-17
· External Examiner for BA (Hons) Interior Design LASALLE College of Arts Singapore. 2011-14
· External Examiner for Interior Architecture and Design BA (hons) Nottingham Trent University 2009-13
· External Examiner for Interior Design BA (Hons) Kingston University. 2008 - 10.
I joined Westminster in 2009 primarily to set up and run the new Interior Architecture Degree that opened in October 2009. Now 150 students strong, I have taught across all three years and in 2015 led the Learning Futures Review of the course. I also contribute to History and Theory in the Architecture School.
Following a Masters in Computing and Design (UEL) I developed fascination for the role of the drawing in the design process that combines with research into the interior. In 2018 I was awarded a PhD in Architectural Design from UCL. My thesis, ‘Thinking through Drawing’ is focused on the role of the drawing as an investigative tool in relation to three case study interiors.
Recent publications include An Anecdotal Guide to Sigmund Freud’s Desk (Freud Museum, London, 2015), ‘The ‘Old Cinema’ a dissolving view’ in The Magic Screen: A History of the Regent Street Cinema. (2015), 'The Art of Borrowing' in The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (Bloomsbury, 2013), Basics Interiors 03: Drawing Out the Interior (AVA Academia, 2009)
Recent conference presentations include: presenting a paper ‘Shadow Space’ at the 2019 multidisciplinary conference Darkness, organised by Island Dynamics and held in 24 hour darkness in Svalbard, presenting a paper ‘Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind’ at the 2016 conference, Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription? CRASSH Centre For Research In The Arts, Social Sciences And Humanities, University of Cambridge, and presenting a paper ‘Within the Cimeras: Spaces of Imagination’ at the 2015 conference Production Sites: Resituating the Culture of Architectural Knowledge, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.