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Naomi House - Senior Lecturer Interior Architecture and Design

Naomi House

Senior Lecturer Interior Architecture and Interior Design, Leader in Spatial Cultures and Critical Contexts

Naomi House is an Interior Designer, Educator and Writer with an approach to the Interior that is framed through forensic investigation. A Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Leader in Spatial Cultures and Critical Contexts, she is also a Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies and Liaison Tutor for Interior Design at the Royal College of Art.  Naomi is an experienced academic and designer. With a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Interior Design and an MSc in Architecture from the Bartlett, UCL, she worked in practice for a number of years for clients including the RIBA, Anish Kapoor and the Tate, and has taught at the Bartlett – UCL and London Metropolitan University.

A highly experienced teacher, Naomi has been involved in the writing and development of undergraduate and post-graduate courses across the broad discipline of architecture and design.  Specifically this has focused on the relationship between studio practice and contextual studies, and how these might overlap to create a more holistic and integrated approach to design education. Naomi’s particular expertise is in the field of interiors, contextualised within the broad landscape of architectural, environmental and theoretical discourse. With a rigorous approach to ‘reading’ buildings and articulating relationships between old and new, Naomi’s own research and practice in this area is concerned with the interrogation of the interior. Adopting a forensic approach to these investigations, she is concerned with making visible the hidden biographies of the ‘interior’ through a process of perceiving every surface as contaminated, each situated object as suspect and all protagonists as guilty.  Positioning the designed interior as a pseudo crime scene, she is exploring the complex ‘entanglement’ of people, environments and things that are brought together through fictionalising their interactions and engagements. Thresholds and other liminal devices are another perennial interest, particularly where they provoke and reveal the edge condition, or where they blur places and typologies.

Naomi is a founding member and Superintendent of C.I.D – the Council of Inordinate Design.  Alongside her RCA colleagues Barry Curtis and Monika Parrinder she is currently editing a collection of essays for Routledge that stems from a College-Wide Symposium at the RCA in February 2015 entitled The CSI of Things: Crimes Scenes and Suspect Objects.  This publication is part of a larger research project that focuses on forensic methods as a strategy for exploring and questioning how objects, environments and their interactions can be analysed, interpreted and animated. C.I.D have a long-standing interest in detective fiction, ghosts and haunting, and thinking about ‘things’ as signs and elements in ‘mise en scenes’, revealing their extraordinary instability, and potency. One ambition is to test the potentialities of recent philosophical and curatorial engagements with ‘the object’ and their contextualised interactions.

 

Collaborations:

MRes Visual Cultures Project Team at Middlesex University with Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff, Catherine Dormer, Susan Pui Lok and Luke White.

Member of the Making Places Research Cluster at Middlesex University.

C.I.D - Council of Inordinate Design

Publications:

Harriet Harriss and Naomi House, 'Interiority Complex'. A Gendered Profession (London: RIBA, 2016). To be published October 2016.

Barry Curtis, Naomi House & Joe Kerr, 'The Architectural Documentary', Screen - Television and Architecture, ed. Matthew Harle, to be published in 2016.

Naomi is co-author of The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture (AVA Publishing, 2007).

Book Review: 'The Domestic Space Reader, ed. Briganti and Mezei' (University of Toronto Press, 2012), in Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, March 2014, pp.122-124.

 

Naomi House’s research in the University Repository

‘The mediation of building can never be neutral’: architecture and the built environment as televisual experience screen

House, Naomi and Curtis, Barry and Kerr, Joe (2017) ‘The mediation of building can never be neutral’: architecture and the built environment as televisual experience screen. Screen . ISS...

Traces, clues and palimpsests: toward a forensic design pedagogy

House, Naomi and Parrinder, Monika (2016) Traces, clues and palimpsests: toward a forensic design pedagogy. In: Design and Time: Design History Society Conference 2016, 08-10 Sept 2016, Middlese...

Interiority complex

House, Naomi and Harriss, Harriet (2016) Interiority complex. In: A Gendered Profession - A Question of Representation in Space Making. RIBA, London. ISBN 9781859469972 ...

Draft two

Murialdo, Francesca and Fern, David and House, Naomi and Mortimer, Jon and Koslowski, Benjamin and Thomas, Peter and Evans, Graeme (2016) Draft two. InteriorsMDX. ...

The fundamentals of interior architecture

Coles, John and House, Naomi (2007) The fundamentals of interior architecture. AVA Academia. ISBN 9782940373383 ...