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Ms Rosemarie Elaine Fitton

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7584




Personal profile

Rosemarie teaches on undergraduate modules in Interior Design, having joined DMU as a full time member of the Interior Design team in September 2011. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of Heterarchy (, an interior design practice based in Leicester, working across the UK primarily within the hospitality, leisure and private healthcare sectors. The company also specialises in the design of spiritual environments and were responsible for the interiors of the new Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Leicester, the second largest Hindu Temple in the UK. Rosemarie is also a nominated member of the Leicester Council of Faiths and has recently completed an MA in Inter-religious Relations to further support her interest and work in the field of designing sacred/spiritual buildings and interiors. She has recently introduced a new pathway within one of the Interior Design course modules on the Design of Spiritual Environments, passing on her specialist area of interest and knowledge to the next generation of designers. Her key research interests are the design of spiritual environments, including multi-faith space and life-long learning in the design industries.

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

  • The design of sacred/spiritual space.
  • Multi-faith space.
  • Lifelong learning in the design industry.

Areas of teaching

  • Employability in the design industry
  • Presentation skills
  • Technology and materials in the built environment
  • Final year major design project
  • Sustainability and inclusivity
  • Creative idea generation
  • Design for spiritual environments


  • Bachelor of Education – Art/Education 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 3 Dimensional Design – Interiors 1999
  • Master of Arts  Inter-religious Relations  2012

Courses taught

  • Interior Design BA (Hons) (Interior Architecture and Spatial Design)

Membership of external committees

Leicester Council of Faiths (Nominated Member) 2011-current

Conference attendance

Methodist Inter Faith Relations Multi Sector Chaplaincy Conference –paper Design and Use of Multi-faith worship space – Challenges.  Wednesday 23rd May St Philip’s Centre for study and engagement in a multi-faith world.

'Mapping Faith and Place and Leicester' Leicester University, research project funded by  AHRC 18th October 2011- presentation The Design of the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple, Leicester.
Rosmarie Fitton