Lecturer and Final Year Coordinator
Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) program, School of Architecture & Urban Design at RMIT University, Melbourne
2007 - 2008 Sessional Teaching in Interior Design
2008 - 2011 First Year Coordinator
2012 - 2017 2nd and 3rd Year Coordinator
2018 - present Final Year Coordinator
PhD by project, RMIT University 2009 – present. Titled Surface Encounter
Graduate Certificate in Teaching & Learning 2010
BD Interior Design (First Class Honours) RMIT University 2005
BA Fine Art (First Class Honours) RMIT University 1999
Philosophy & Approach
In 2008, Phoebe joined the Interior Design program in the School of Architecture & Urban Design at RMIT University, Melbourne as a full time continuing lecturer. She has coordinated and taught across all four year levels in the Interior Design program.
Phoebe’s current position is the coordinator of the final year. She also teaches design studio to second & third-year students, specialisations to third and fourth-year students and supervises final year students in their self-directed research major project.
Phoebe's research has flowed directly into to her teaching. Her studios are a place for experimentation, exploration and research into contemporary ideas and issues of interior design. Her design studios engage with material-led processes alongside theoretical and philosophical ideas. Her students are encouraged to read, write, theorise, make, design, respond, critique, discuss, play, experiment, explore and iterate. Her approach to teaching, much like her approach to design and art, aims to be sensitive and yet critical, to actively engage with processes of observation and to be open to exploring ways of designing through responsiveness, through gentleness and with empathy.
Having a multi-disciplinary practice informs her approach to teaching and the kinds of subject matter addressed in her studio projects. This approach is instrumental in informing her creative research practice, and conversely, her creative research practice informs her teaching. Phoebe considers each of her design studios as projects in which she can experiment with ideas, theories, techniques and approaches in relation to her research and creative practice of surface.
Phoebe considers Interior as not a fixed place or static condition but a situation, in dynamic relation with its milieu, with outside forces, materialities and temporality. Phoebe often collaborates with other practitioners in her design studios, in order to examine her research practice and conceptual thinking from various disciplinary perspectives. Over the years she has taught with Landscape Architects, Photographers, Artists, Lighting Designers, Curators and Exhibition Designers.
Painting, photography, sculpture as an interior practice
Surfaces and materiality
Experimental and socially engaged ways of practising interior design
Unstable, fragile and temporal ways of working
Concepts of sensation and assemblage theory
The relationship between design and art
Exhibition processes and design