Skip navigation

Dr Roderick Adams

Associate Head of Design

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Designer, Book thief, Navigator and Mechanic…

Rod Adams - Interior Design BA Northumbria University, Newcastle100 words or less
As one of the leading Interior Design Educators in the UK, I am committed to forging a synergy between education and practice. Using teaching to inspire, engage and transform, I foster connections at the highest level of the Interior sector and build strong academic and creative achievement. My research activity contributes to the empowerment of knowledge and ensures students are equipped to fully interlock with the practice of design on completion of their degree.

I am passionate about what I do and the students I teach, but the power of laughter should never be underestimated.

Random fact about me
I know more about Vintage Volkswagens than Quantum Physics.

Best advice
Simplicity takes more time to perfect than complexity.

Guilty pleasure
Cohiba Siglo I Havana.

Earliest memory
Watching Neil Armstrong / Buzz Aldrin walk on the Moon.

Things that really baffle me
Meteorites, Marmite, Meringues, Magic, Marzipan, Mondays and microphones (I don’t need one!).

Rod Adams
Rod Adams

Interior Educators Charity
Director and Trustee:
Rod Adams

Campus Address

School of Design
Northumbria University, City Campus East 2
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 3021


MA, BA (Hons)

Talking Point

The big questions or design issues that I am focusing on at the moment:

Currently Exploring the concepts of work, and how this changes how humans live and exist. This in turn alters how society is formed and  structured. I am also examining the impact of big business on working environments and human habitation.


Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

A summary of the main elements or themes within my research:

I have a number of Key research interests, which include, Interactive environments, Bio-sensory and Bio-perceptive Spatial Design Environments, Office and work Modernism, Visual Culture, Architectural Sustainability, Design Education, Visual Identity, Visual Dyslexia and Ethnography.

I am currently in the final stages of my PhD at the University of Lincoln. My research is exploring the interrelationships between Humans and the Spatial Environments they inhabit, with a particular emphasis on work and office design.


Recent Research:

Production of PhD research and conference papers

Initialisation and organisation of the inaugural Interior Educators Conference Northumbria University - March 2011

Sponsors and Collaborators

A list of key academic/industrial partners that I’ve worked with recently:

Member of Interior Educators Group – Vice chair for Finance

Involvement and organisation of national education group concerned with the enhancement of the Interior Design subject and its position within the education and design communities.  

Current/Recent Projects

An overview of the courses and modules that I currently teach on:

Interior Design BA (Hons):

Interior design Projects
Leisure and Recreation design including Bars restaurants and hotel design etc. 
Exhibition and Retail design
Theatre Design 
Furniture Design and context 
Ergonomics and anthropometrics
Regeneration and Renewal of buildings
Visual Culture
Design History

Key Publications

A list of recent or key publications that best represent my current research interests:

2009 Materiality in Interior Environments
2007 Perspectives of Spatial Education
2006 Education, Interior and Space

Full list available at Northumbria Research Link (NRL)


Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.


Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news
More events

Upcoming events

I'm a Law Student... Get Me Out of Here!
Newcastle Jobs Fair
National Student Pride Careers Fair

Back to top