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Benjamin Mackay

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Art
Areas of Expertise:
Interior design , Narrative and Placemaking , Design Education

Benjamin is a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design and School Recruitment Lead at Cambridge School of Art. Human and place narratives guide Benjamin’s work while his design projects have taken him from his native Sydney to New York City to Ahmedabad (India) as well as London and Cambridge.

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After working as a children’s swim teacher, Benjamin began design studies in Sydney before a move to the UK to complete a BA (hons) Interior Design. Further studies in Narrative Environments at Central St Martins provided a stronger foundation for Benjamin’s design approaches. Recent design work has included a ‘Future Campus’ project with ARUP for Imperial College London and a collection of play equipment for children with behavioural and physical differences in Ahmedabad, India.

Benjamin is now building a body of research looking at Art School narratives asking what makes a ‘school’ and can collective art learning be viewed through a rehabilitated historical lens. This investigation builds on and furthers Benjamin’s (currently paused) PhD studies.

Research interests
  • Late 19thC/Early 20thC English Art Schools
  • Female Gaze & Women’s roles in Placemaking

Benjamin currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Studio Culture 1
  • Studio Culture 3
  • BA (Hons) Interior Design, ARU
  • PG Cert. Learning and Teaching, ARU
  • MA Narrative Environments, UAL