Benjamin Mackay

Lecturer, Interior Design;

School Recruitment Lead, Cambridge School of Art

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Interior design , Narrative and Placemaking , Design Education

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