I had the huge honour to go in Shanghai to be a Senior Teaching Fellow Interior Design responsible for representing the work of Edinburgh University in interior design within the context of Donghua University – Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation (and the wider MoE of China).
I taught Interior Design from year 1 to 4 the key skills associated with the discipline, giving tutorials, supervised activities and presentations, organised visits and assessed the work of the students, providing feedback at the end of the 5 weeks projects.
I had the pleasure to work with amazing colleagues: Sam Booth, Designer and Founder of Echo Living was my direct colleague in Interior Design (thank You Sam for these two amazing weeks, I feel very lucky of being able to work with you and mostly meeting you and your beautiful values), Emily Ford-Halliday and Elena Tsyplakova from Fashion (thank you too for your kindness and energy) and the all team in Shanghai: Linn, MingJu and Steve (thank you for let us feel welcome and your support).
I was blown away with the standard of the work the students produced, amazed by their determinations, passion and hard work. Thank you all, I am missing working with you, it was a truly exceptional experience.
You can watch and read this short interview of Rachel Simmonds, the teacher I was replacing, to get some insights of what I experienced there.