Ro Spankie

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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). 

External Activities

· 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 Basics Interiors 03Drawing Out the Interior (AVA Academia, 2009), “The Art of Borrowing” in The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (Bloomsbury, 2013), ‘The ‘Old Cinema’ a dissolving view’ in The Magic Screen: A History of the Regent Street Cinema. (2015), and An Anecdotal Guide to Sigmund Freud’s Desk (Freud Museum, London, 2015).

Recent conference presentations include: giving 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.

2019

Within the Cimeras: Spaces of Imagination (2019)
Spankie, R. 2019. Within the Cimeras: Spaces of Imagination. in: Psarra, S. (ed.) Production Sites: Architecture, Media, Text Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.

2018

Lines of enquiry: Drawing Out Sigmund Freud’s Study and Consulting Room (2018)
Spankie, R. 2018. Lines of enquiry: Drawing Out Sigmund Freud’s Study and Consulting Room . in: Marinic, G. (ed.) The Interior Architecture Theory Reader Routledge.

2015

The ‘Old Cinema’ a dissolving view’ (2015)
Spankie, R. 2015. The ‘Old Cinema’ a dissolving view’ . in: Penn, E. (ed.) The Magic Screen: A History of the Regent Street Cinema London University of Westminster. pp. 15-64

2013

The art of borrowing (2013)
Spankie, R. 2013. The art of borrowing. in: Brooker, G. and Weinthal, L. (ed.) Handbook of interior architecture and design Oxford Berg. pp. 428-440

2011

Patterns of occupation (2011)
Spankie, R. and Ana, A. 2011. Patterns of occupation. in: Meade, T. (ed.) Occupation: negotiations with constructed space Brighton University of Brighton.

2017

What is interiors? An essay on lining, concealing, and making one’s mark (2017)
Spankie, R. 2017. What is interiors? An essay on lining, concealing, and making one’s mark. Interiors Design/Architecture/Culture. 8 (1-2), pp. 16-20.

2012

Drawing out the censors’ room (2012)
Spankie, R. 2012. Drawing out the censors’ room. Interior territories: IDEA (Interior Architecture Educators Association) Journal. 2012, pp. 73-87.

2009

Review of ‘Speculative Models; Air Grid & the Blossoming of Perspective (2009)
Spankie, R. 2009. Review of ‘Speculative Models; Air Grid & the Blossoming of Perspective. Journal of Architecture. 14 (4), pp. 533-540.
Modelling the interior: opening up the dolls house (2009)
Araujo, A. and Spankie, R. 2009. Modelling the interior: opening up the dolls house. Interior territories: IDEA (Interior Architecture Educators Association) Journal. 2009, pp. 62-71.

2016

‘Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind’ (2016)
Spankie, R. 2016. ‘Revisiting Sigmund Freud’s Diagrams of the Mind’ . Diagrammatic: Beyond Inscription?. CRASSH Centre For Research In The Arts, Social Sciences And Humanities), University of Cambridge, 02 - 03 Dec 2016

2015

Within the Cimeras: Spaces of Imagination (2015)
Spankie, R. 2015. Within the Cimeras: Spaces of Imagination. Production Sites: Resituating the Culture of Architectural Knowledge. Bartlett School of Architecture UCL 28 - 30 Jul 2015

2015

The Magic Screen: A History of Regent Street Cinema (2015)
Hunningher, J., Morgan-Tamosunas, R., Osborn, G. and Spankie, R. Penn, E. (ed.) 2015. The Magic Screen: A History of Regent Street Cinema. London University of Westminster.
Sigmund Freud’s desk: An Anecdoted Guide (2015)
Spankie, R. 2015. Sigmund Freud’s desk: An Anecdoted Guide. London Freud Museum.

2009

Drawing out the interior (2009)
Spankie, R. 2009. Drawing out the interior. Switzerland AVA Academia.

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