• Spatial Design, Bachelor of Design Major

    Spatial Design begins with interiority. Not just the inside of a house, a shop, or an office, but the experience of being enclosed or enveloped in environments of many kinds. Such spaces can be defined by four walls, but equally they might radiate outwards with few physical boundaries and change with time. They might be defined by proximity: how far you can reach or travel; intimacy and the desire for closeness; immersion and the sense of being fully engaged or even out of your depth; drama and suspense; touch, warmth, pressure, the feel of the breeze or the shock of pain; or connection, whether through genealogies, social networks, or remote technologies. Spatial designers recognise that we experience our world from within.

    Our design approach is strongly driven by ideas and theoretical insights. We aim to bypass clichés and creatively question the conventions of interior, event, architecture, landscape, performance, furniture, urbanism and art. We foster hands-on, studio-based learning and experimentation with emergent technologies, full-size prototypes, installations, furniture, modelling, moving image and a range of graphic and computer skills. Because our staff are active researchers, often with many years in design practice, we are well-placed to deliver not just vital industry skills, but the creative capacity to thrive within the changing world of spatial design.

    More info: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/art-design/study/certificate-undergraduate/bachelor-of-design-spatial-design


    • Tracy Kuo – Interior Design Project : Tea house, contemporary response to traditional tea ceremony.
    • Felicia Wan – Artichoke Prize Winner – Interior Design –, Restaurant – concept, playing with encoding and recoding human public behaviour using movable screens
    • Ruby Lloyd – Red Awards Winner – Interior Design – Floating Popsicle Café, dynamic façade system revealing interior performance.
    • Cathy Interior Design – Ecological Research Center.
    • Patricia Urban – Urban Farming strategy utilizing redundant time and space in light industrial areas.
    • Howard Oh, Urban - Disaster Warning System.
    • Emily O’Hara, Theatre Set Design.
    • Yosop Ryoo – No mans land, project investigating the nature of ground in the DMZ between North and South Korea.
    • Huirui Wang & Ruoyu Wang, the red line, regenerating public space within the West Auckland motorway system.
    • Celia Harrison, Art In The Dark.
    • Halo, Event / Installation as part of Luxcity Event, at FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture) in Christchurch . Halo constructed of 8000 paper lanterns which light us as they are inflated by the festival audience collectively donating their breaths to relight the Christchurch city center.