Alya Rizvi

Roles and Responsibilities

My passion is to inspire a new generation of interior design practitioners and build the skills that employers need and harness your creativity for the many challenges that the world faces. My education, teaching, research and industry experience has been focused on this goal.

As architect and design educators, it’s important that we keep learning. Learning keeps our knowledge fresh, and also allows us to experience what our students are going through, which makes us better teachers. Throughout my career, I have periodically returned to university, completing higher degrees: in the practice of teaching university students; in computer imaging for architecture and interior design; and in the history of art and archaeology. My research project involved using computer modelling to reconstruct the frontispiece of an 8th. Century manuscript – part of the famous Sanaa Manuscripts collection.


I have been teaching Interior Design and Architecture at universities and further education colleges in the United Kingdom for 20 years. During that time my students have progressed to some of the UK’s leading design practices or have taken advanced qualifications at top universities in England and Scotland.

I trained as an architect and came to academic life after a period in industry. I worked initially in an architects’ firm that specialized in architectural conservation of some of the country’s historic buildings, including Eton College in Windsor. I later changed focus and worked for an interior design practice where I helped design the interiors for leading hotel chains including Hilton and Mercure in Dubai.

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