Pamela Flanagan

BA(Hons) Interior Design; PG Cert in Learning & Teaching; Pg Cert in Supervision

Pamela graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 with a BA Hons Interior Design, and she has been teaching within the Interior Design department across both Undergraduate and Postgraduate cohorts since 2013.

Her practice-based research interests are centred around her industry expertise within the specialism of Fashion Retail Interiors and experiential brand environments. Her professional background encompasses global brands to bespoke interiors, working on diverse projects from commercial retail, exhibition, residential and leisure environments. From 2000-2005, Pamela was a designer at Imagination on events and exhibition design for Ford Motor Group and Nike. From 2005-2013, she was an Associate Director at Brinkworth where she designed for a variety of clients; Allsaints, Alexander McQueen, Biba, Heineken, House of Fraser, Mary Portas, Moroglio Fashion Group, Selfridges, Supremebeing and Whistles. Her role and responsibilities included concept development, furniture prototypes, detail construction and documentation of brand guidelines for global retail roll outs. Pamela is interested how the evolution of Interior Design has manifested within our everyday encounters of the built environment, and how practice fosters an interdisciplinary approach which confronts the contemporary commentary of interior design via spatial interventions, narratives, experiences and adaptive re-use.

My current research encompasses the themes of phenomenology, feminism and ethics within the realm of Interiors. In particular the constructed spaces of film/tv, fashion and retail create fascinating dialogues between space, fiction/reality, consumer/character and how design informs, imagines and creates new ideas within a spatial dimension. Her papers include, The Handmaids Tale: The Subtlety of Gender in the Interior (2017) presented at The Handmaids Tale Symposium at University of Worcester, Mise-en-scene: Performative Spaces for Fashion (2018) presented at FCVC (Fashion Costume and Visual Culture) Conference at University of Zagreb, Croatia and The Curated Representation of Saga Noren (2019) at FCVC in Roubaix, France.

In 2018, Pamela and a small group of students collaborated with the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice’s FLTTN project as part of the transition and relocation to a purpose-built site in Bellahouston Park. The project offered an opportunity to engage in meaningful design collaborations with bereaved young people’s group, through which the project endeavoured to create new ways of learning through collaboration and making. The project culminated in an exhibition of the collective works at Cass Art in December 2018.

Pamela is currently undertaking a Masters in Education (MEd). Her research considers how Ethics is embodied and fundamental to Interior Design education and practice. The research will focus on how Ethics as Interior Design translates and manifests in contemporary practice; questioning what are the roles and responsibilities of designers, the value and impact of design, and how education can foster meaningful and critical approaches to Ethics in Interior Design.

p.flanagan@gsa.ac.uk

 


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