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Ms Rebecca Graaff

Job: Senior Lecturer Interior Design BA (Hons) and Programme Leader Interior Design MA

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8983




Personal profile

Rebecca has worked at De Montfort University since 2001 as a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design on the BA Programme, and recently additionally took on the role of Programme Leader for the Interior Design MA. 

Rebecca first came to DMU as a mature student, undertaking a Foundation in Art & Design, progressing to BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design (Interior Design pathway), and after graduating with a 1st was awarded an AHRB scholarship to undertake further study to MA level. Rebecca chose to stay at DMU and graduated with Distinction in MA Design & Manufacture: Interior Design. 

Prior to beginning this extended educational relationship with De Montfort University, Rebecca worked with the elderly and in a number of people-centred roles. This interest in people continues to permeate her academic and research work, evident particularly within design for and research into inclusive environments. Linked to this, having a long-held interest in collaborative work, and in combining the disciplines of design with dance and choreography, Rebecca is currently working with a Senior Lecturer in Dance at DMU to develop a paper/performance about ageing. Her other main preoccupation is in the theory and practice of design education, and in order to enhance her own teaching, and to ensure that the courses with which she is involved stay at the leading edge of teaching practice, Rebecca is engaged in an academic study of methods, theories and principles related to education and teaching within the HE sector.

Rebecca immigrated to the UK with her family in the 1970s, and feeling a natural affinity with international, overseas and visiting students, was keen to undertake an extra role within the Faculty International Committee for a number of years. This involved travelling to other countries to give advice about the University, the Faculty and it’s courses; developing and building relationships with educational agents; interviewing prospective students; giving portfolio advice and being a visiting lecturer. Rebecca continues to find ways in which to enrich student’s experience of being in the UK, including arranging trips for students as often as possible (although not as often as she would like!) within Leicester and to other cities.

At present Rebecca teaches on all three years of the BA and on both MA Interior Design and MA Design Innovation (Interior Design pathway). 

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

Inclusive environments; design for personal space; design for the senses; sustainable design; design for home working; contextual design; art installations; collaborative work, and the theory and practice of design education.

Areas of teaching

Interior Design BA (Hons) modules / subjects include: 

  • INTD 1002: Culture, Context and Forum (contextual studies)
  • INTD 2010 & 2011: Design 1 & Design 2 (two design studies modules)
  • INTD 3001: Design Realisation (concept proposal and contextual studies)

Interior Design MA modules include: 

  • MADI 5700: Research Methodology
  • MADI 5401: Creative Design Studio (Design studies)
  • MADI 5403: Action Research Lab (Design studies)
  • MADI 5703/4: Final Project (concept generation, design development & presentation)


BA (Hons) 1st Class; MA Distinction

Courses taught

Interior Design BA (Hons); Interior Design MA and Design Innovation MA (Interior Design pathway)

Conference attendance

Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory; 7th – 9th Dec 2011; Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, at the University of Edinburgh; Title: “Body Space” by R Graaff and students from three areas: Dance, Choreography and Interior Design; contribution type: Installation (film clip)

Current research students

Yansen Che, PhD student, 2nd supervisor

Rebecca Graaff