School of Art, Design and Fashion
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Subject Areas: Interior Design
Nigel’s background is in interiors and architectural practice, working for several leading companies on commercial, cultural and media projects. This combination of academic and industry experience has enabled exploration of the relationship between learning and design practice. He is interested in historical and theoretical contexts for interiors, his current research focuses on the representation of duration and movement in built space.
In addition to his academic roles, Nigel has worked in numerous design and architecture practices in London, Manchester and Sydney. He has played a major role in the design of many high profile projects in the fields of retail, museum exhibition and television. His own practice, Simpkins Design, has designed several award-winning cultural projects including the Peoples History Museum, Manchester and Touchstones Museum and Arts Centre, Rochdale.
His Masters dissertation explored notions of duration, performativity and contingency in architecture, looking at dance-architecture works by choreographer, Frederic Flamand. He has developed this theme into a wider interest in the bodily occupation of interior space, and has delivered papers at conferences in London, Newcastle and Perth, Australia.
Nigel is a member of the school group for International Partnerships and, as the Interior Design link for partners in Greece and Singapore, has been responsible for several successful academic exchanges involving students and staff from NAFA in Singapore and AAS in Greece.
BA.(Hons.) Interior Design, Middlesex University, 1983
MA. Architectural History, The Bartlett, University College London, 2010
Simpkins,N. 'Body Regained:translations between dance and interior,' IDEA Symposium, 'Interior: A State of Becoming', Curtin University, Perth WA, 2012.
Simpkins,N. 'From Body to Building', Conference, 'Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: the past, the present and the future', Ravensbourne College, 2012.
Simpkins, N. and Kearns,J. "Interior Design: Engaging Practices", Conference, 'interiors,education, futures', Northumbria University, 2011.
Simpkins, N. "Lighting for Social History Exhibits", symposium, 'Now you see it, now you don't', Museums Association, London, 2004.
Simpkins,N. and Kearns J."Interior Design: Engaging Practices", Rogers,P. (ed), 'interiors, education, futures: contemporary insights', Libri Publishing, 2012.
Member of Interior Educators,UK
Course Leader BA(Hons) Interior Design
Level 6 Personal Tutor
Moderation of partner courses
Interior Educators, UK
Currently working with Performing Arts to explore the representation of gesture and bodily interaction with built space and the potential for application of motion capture technology as a learning tool for interiors education.
Papers given at:
IDEA Symposium, 'Interior: A State of Becoming', Curtin University, Perth WA, 2012.
IE Conference, 'Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: the past, the present and the future', Ravensbourne College, 2012.
IE Conference, 'interiors,education, futures', Northumbria University, 2011.
Museums Association symposium, 'Now you see it, now you don't', London, 2004.