Andy is a senior lecturer, educator, and spatial researcher with 20+ years experience teaching at creative institutions in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee. He is Director of interiors at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design DJCAD, University of Dundee. He is an RSA Fellow and an Higher Education Academy Fellow and worked for the RIAS Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland and for award winning practice NRS. He initiated and co-founded Interiors Forum Scotland [iFS] with research colleagues from The Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art [University of Edinburgh], Napier University and Glasgow Caledonian University which led to two international conferences and he is co-editor of ‘Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interior Theory and Practice’ (2011), and ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’, (2007). Journal publications include Co-Design and IDEA and he has published on a range of interior research themes including the altered states of culturally significant interiors [re]housed in museums in ‘Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design’  L. Weinthal and G. Brooker [co-editors]. He is interested in the shifting relationships between our domestic experiences, new technologies and utopian ideals in ‘Domestechtopias; Domestic / Technologies / Utopias’  featured in ‘Interiors Education Futures’.
Andy has brought a spatial perspective into UK funded research as a Co-Investigator on ageing and dwelling in FLEX Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living exploring adaptable living for future generations of the elderly in existing housing stock with Northern Architecture and University of Northumbria, and ‘SPARKS: Social Parks Urban Green-Space as a Focus for Connecting Communities’, with Universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen, West of England and Abertay. Both are Arts & Humanities Research Council projects linked to Connected Communities, Culture and Design themes. He was research co-investigator in Building Banter / The Energy Project for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [EPSRC], and Technology Strategy Board ‘User Centred Design and Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ with UCL The Bartlett and Universities of Southampton, Leeds and industry partners ARUP, Moixa, Vitamins and Federal Mogul. This research project aims to improve energy efficiencies and prompt behaviour change in non domestic buildings. Andy was also a member of Artworks TRiGGER research team in the ‘Developing Practice in Participatory Settings’ linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AHRC and Creativity Culture & Education. Andy leads the international year 2 Border Crossings project alongside colleagues from USA, Slovenia, Netherlands and other nations.
Gary Kennedy originally trained as a civil engineer and later in Interiors. He is a graduate of the RCA’s Architecture & Interiors MA and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design – both leading design institutions. He is a passionate and committed design practitioner with extensive experience within the creative industries. He is co-founder of the Architectural practice, Kennedy Twaddle, which was established in London in 2000 and has set up a Dundee branch of the practice in 2009.
In a highly competitive London design scene, Gary and Kennedy Twaddle have been the focus of a substantial article in Blueprint (May 2008), that acknowledges the practice as amongst the leading young design groups in the UK. They have also been featured in the book ‘Architects Sketchbooks’ (2011) along with Sir Norman Foster and Wil Alsop pubished by Thames and Hudson. Gary worked for Tom Dixon and was tutored at the RCA by Nigel Coates, Zaha Hadid, David Adjaye, Eva Jiricna, Alex De Rijke (dRMM), Urban Salon, Muf Architects, FAT Architects and Ron Arad.
He has an extensive background in the creative industries across a range of disciplines achieved over a sixteen year period in designing built and virtual environments from interior design, architecture, film making, furniture design, to drawing and painting. Gary and Kennedy Twaddle are recognised for the very distinctive position they occupy as talented Interior graduates competing with architectural practices, and is a very productive studio with an exciting folio of projects.
Gary has made a valuable contribution to the Design & Craft restructuring proposal. Gary is an author in the GIDE, the Group for International Design Education publication, ‘Design for Innovative Communities’ book, (published by Maggioli Editore and Politecnico di Milano), and recently co-authored a paper at the Interior Futures 11 Conference at University of Northumbria on domestic technology and utopias. This will be part of Interior Directives published by Libri in 2012.
Malcolm is a gifted furniture designer and craftsman who also provides technical and workshop support to Interior Environmental Design 3D making across all levels of the programme, from furniture design, model-making workshops to installation. He continues to play a critical role in ensuring that the departments annual degree show and presence at national interior exhibitions are successful. Malcolm has made an invaluable contribution to the on-going development of object making within the department of Interior Environmental Design and has been involved in GIDE related staff exchange workshops in Mechelen. He will represent Dundee at the forthcoming international week in Mechelen working with designers from Vaxjo, Sweden in late February 2012. Malcolm runs his own furniture practice from his workshop in Angus.
Linsey is a lecturer on the BDes(Hons) Interior Environmental Design programme at DJCAD, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, of which she is a graduate. Linsey has played a critical role in the organisation and promotion of the GIDE Dundee 2012 International Workshop & Exhibition, and currently delivers inter-cultural projects between DJCAD Dundee and VCUQatar, leads the year three interiors module, and lectures in materials, construction and structures to year two interiors.
She worked in industry as an interior designer within the award-winning Scottish architecture/interior design practice Nicoll Russell Studios where she was involved in a range of healthcare, retail, leisure, residential, commercial and landscaping projects. Whilst in industry Linsey was a visiting lecturer in Interior Environmental Design, and the Design History, Theory and Practice programme at DJCAD.
Linsey contributed to the paper ‘Drawing Sounds’, which explored the relationships between drawing and sound studies for New Perspectives in Design Education at the 10th Engineering & Product Design Educational International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2008, alongside fellow GIDE researcher, Andy Milligan, and GIDE Dundee 2012 guest, Kristen Baikie.
In 2011, Linsey graduated from the Master of Design course at DJCAD where she developed ReTent – a service offered to music festivals incorporating the use of social media which aims to give campers an incentive to reuse their tents, rather than leave them behind on the campsite to be discarded in landfill. She also acted as the co-ordinator for the Forensic Jewellery Classification System project where she worked with fellow MDes researchers and the University of Dundee’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification in order to provide a more fast and effective way of identifying victims of mass disasters.
Linsey is currently collaborating with leadership / innovation / transformation designers Taylor Haig for the Dundee Partnership, using a co-design process to work with local communities to make services better for young people in Dundee as part of the Totally Dundee project. She is also working on Project Blueprint with Angus Council and independent art and design consultancy, Ginkgo Projects, researching how the process of creative consultation within schools can have an impact upon learning environments.