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Lucy Marlor

Assistant Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Lucy graduated in 2007, with First class BA(Hons) in Interior Design. She immediately began work in commercial practice at Ward Robinson, where she designed across a range of sectors including in high end hospitality, leisure, workplace, healthcare, civic and education. Whilst working in industry full time, Lucy taught periodically as a visiting lecturer at Northumbria University, delivering digital communication and visualisation skills as well as commercial design project studio sessions. In 2012 she joined Northumbria University full time as a Senior Lecturer on the Interior Design programme.

During her time at Northumbria Lucy's roles have included Programme Leader, Link Tutor for the international franchise partnership with Academy of Design in Sri Lanka and International Admissions Tutor. Lucy is currently undertaking an MRes in Design whilst teaching on the BA(Hons) Interior Design programme part time. Her area of teaching interest and specialism lies in digital communication, leading the programme’s digital visualisation delivery throughout years 2 & 3. Throughout her time in practice and academia, Lucy has maintained a freelance portfolio, working on live commercial interior design projects in the North of England.

Lucy Marlor

Campus Address

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

Most recently Lucy's research has explored the changing nature of the interior, the notion of 'place' and 'placemaking' and the conceptually and experientially elusive state of 'interiority'. Additional research interests lie in the adaptive re-use and re-purposing of existing architecture and interiors, how we may better utilise unused or ruinous spaces. 

Recent publications include:

  • "Interior hapticity: the empowerment of spatial sensing through an embodiment of the object.", Marlor, L., Adams, R., Sensorial Modernities, Routledge, 2023.
  • "New Territories: Reimagined Interiorities", Iuav Design Talks, Venice, 2022.
  • "The New Urban Interior", Design Research Seminar Series, Northumbria University, 2022. 
  • "New Territories: Reimagined Interiorities", Marlor, L., Interiority Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2021.
  • "Reimagined Interiorities", REPURPOSED Conference, Northumbria University, May 2020.
  • "Spatial Diorama: The act of the Interior (5 Act Play)": Vol 3: Section: Abstracted. Chapter 4, Adams, R. & Marlor, L., Interior Futures. New York: Crucible Press, p. 28-40 12 p. 2019.
  • "Breaking the Binary Opposition of the Interior : A Momentary Permanence", Adams, R. & Marlor, L., Interiority Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2019.


Previous practice based research outputs range from conferences to live design competitions and consultancy:

  • North Star Housing Project - Interior Design Consultancy 2016
  • Utopian Dreaming” architecture and interior design project. YAC Competition, International Architecture & Design Competition, Italy, 2016.
  • Utopian Dreaming” research paper and artefacts. Praxis and Poetics Conference, Northumbria University 2013.
  • Modularity: Six Scenarios One Solution” architecture and interior design project. RIBA Forgotten Spaces, National Competition, UK, 2013. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interior hapticity: the empowerment of spatial sensing through an embodiment of the object, Marlor, L., Adams, R. 1 Jul 2023, Sensorial Modernities, Taylor & Francis
  • New Territories: Reimagined Interiorities, Marlor, L. 2021, In: Interiority
  • Breaking the Binary Opposition of the Interior: A Momentary Permanence, Adams, R., Marlor, L. 30 Jul 2019
  • Spatial Diorama: The act of the Interior (5 Act Play): Vol 3: Section: Abstracted. Chapter 4, Adams, R., Marlor, L. 1 Jul 2019, Interior Futures, New York, Crucible Press

  • Design Studies MRes September 10 2021
  • Education PGCert January 16 2014
  • Industrial Design BA (Hons) September 01 2004
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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