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Seton Wakenshaw

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Seton Web

I joined Northumbria University in 2002 and have since progressed to Senior academic and also a branded-environments and drawing enthusiast within the Design School.


I graduated in 2000, with a First Class BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design – Furniture and Interiors. Since then I have worked freelance, primarily in exhibition and furniture design, before joining Northumbria full time in 2004. My work is influenced by the critical importance commercial interior design plays in the continued development and delivery of a programme of study that produces graduates that can go out and shape the industry. Primarily this is evidenced through solid design processes and particularly the importance of drawing in idea generation, development and communication. In 2014 I graduated with Distinction from the Masters in Architecture and Urbanism Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Programme input

Teaching across all levels of the Interior Design Programme and until recently Programme Leader for 10 years, I am passionate about all areas of the subject and delivery. Working as part of the staff team, it is important that we continually question our offer to ensure that we deliver a highly respected and successful programme of study. I particularly enjoy the close working relationships developed with our students that continue into their future design careers in industry. Qualified in both Design and Architecture, I am particularly interested in creativity and individuality within designed environments, and how they are meticulously executed with an attention to detail and user experience.


Design development drawing is a passion that will always form a key element of the design process, whatever advances in technology take place. This forms a key aspect of the teaching process and the first stages of an output will be the ‘Drawing, Dialogues and Documents’ exhibition within the Design School in 2019, integrating both freehand drawing and digital technologies. The work sits in the context of the professional fields of both commercial design and design education. We must ask the question regarding the importance of freehand drawing in the context of a perceived environment that is becoming more digitally driven - How do we think creatively without being able to instantly document our thoughts and ideas?

Additionally, I have exhibited and presented works at the Praxis and Poetics Conference (Northumbria University / Baltic 2013) – “Utopian Dreaming” (research paper and artefacts) and also the Interiors Education Futures Conference in 2012 – “Border Control” (research paper and publication). I have also exhibited Furniture and products at the Milan and Stockholm Furniture Fairs.

Campus Address

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


  • Architecture MA December 05 2014
  • Academic Studies in Education PCAPL June 26 2008
  • Design Studies BA (Hons) June 30 2000
  • BTEC Foundation September 01 1995
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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