Lee Miles

Associate Professor

Roles and Responsibilities

I’m presently the Director of Studies for the BA (Hons) Interior Design programme, and pathway co-ordinator for the MA Interior Architecture and Design programme. In these roles I’m accountable for the management and leadership of both programmes, primarily in the UK, but in conjunction with our Dubai campus, in addition to being a key personal tutor.

I’m also the School’s Director of Learning and Teaching, and work with the School and University to develop and implement key learning and teaching strategies, alongside quality assurance. This role involves enhancing the general quality of the Schools learning and teaching, and ensuring compliance with all University policies – ensuring the School is well represented at University level.

Biography

Before joining Heriot-Watt I was a key figure in successfully launching the first BA (Hons) Interior Design programme in Singapore (with the Glasgow School of Art) and also supported the establishment of a new Design Institute with Raffles Education Corp in Manila, the Philippines. Prior to teaching in South East Asia. I lectured extensively in London at my alma mater Ravensbourne University; following time spent in industry working in branded environment, retail, office, and residential design. As an internationally experienced designer, I’ve won awards from Arup, Hermes Real Estate, the World Architecture Festival, and 100% Futures amongst others, and have completed projects in the UK, Europe, and the Middle and Far East.

I hold an MA in Environment Design, and a BA (Hons) in Interior Design Environment Architectures, both from Ravensbourne. I’m also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the British Institute of Interior Design, and a member of Interior Educators.

Research:

Much of my time is spent between teaching and directing learning and teaching – however my research interests include pedagogic innovation, particularly around the potential of digital skills for design, and the potential of sustainable and responsible interior architecture and design in emerging communities.

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