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Russell Gagg

Course Leader – Interior Architecture and Design

BA (Hons) Architecture; MArch (Manchester); RIBA


Having graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture, Russell has held Chartered status with the Royal Institute of British Architects since 1998.Russell has worked in practice across the UK, Asia and Australasia on a diverse range of projects from leisure, commercial and retail to educational, correctional and residential for large practices such as OPUS Architecture and DP Architects of Singapore. A large proportion of his work has concentrated on urban regeneration and renewal across the north west of England where he worked on many award-winning schemes for architects such as Ian Simpson, Roger Stephenson and AEDAS.Russell joined AUB in 2006 from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he was lecturer and studio leader on both the BA (Hons) Architecture and the MA Architecture programmes. Since joining AUB, Russell and his team have developed Interior Architecture and Design to become one of the leading courses in the UK which includes its membership of the leading academic subject group Interior Educators as well as being recognised by the ECIA (European Council of Interior Architecture and Design) and SBID (Society of British and International Design). Russell is also the author of “Interior Architecture: Textures and Materials” which is published by Bloomsbury and is currently working on a new book, “Architectural Thinking”, also for Bloomsbury, which looks and how architects conceive of and produce their designs. Focused on interviews and case-studies, this book will also form a basis for PhD study which will be looking at the place of inspiration and the apparently non-rational and non-programmatic thinking processes that take place in the creation of architectural form.

Professional practice

External Examiner BA (Hons) Design Studies, BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Interior Product Design at Birmingham City University. Former external examiner BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design at University of West London.

Professional memberships

  • Royal Institute of British Architects - Chartered Member
  • Member of Architectural Humanities Research Association
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Interior Educators

Research Specialism

Identity, symbolism and meaning in the materiality and form of the built environment. Semiotics of architecture. Craft-Art-Architecture. Design thinking in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Interior Design. Architectural thinking processes.

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