What is Spatial Design?

Spatial Design at Massey University, College of Creative Arts is the practice of imagining, forming and constructing spatio-temporal environments.

As an emerging discipline operating at the intersections of architectural, interior, urban, landscape, performance, event and digital design, spatial design explores transdisciplinary practices that challenge the ways in which we think, use and make places.

Spatial designers consider qualities of space, time and sensory inhabitation in order to choreograph experience in the design of places for people. By manipulating the stuff and structures of spatio-temporal environments, spatial designers activate atmospheres, facilitate relationships and provide a framework for behaviours and activities.

Our programme explores the corporeal and theoretical conditions of environments and events, offering opportunities to rethink built and virtual spaces in ways that are innovative, speculative, and mindful of the wellbeing of people and the planet.


Who are the staff?

Jen Archer-Martin

Spatial Design Program Coordinator
Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

+64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63227

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Jen Archer-Martin is a spatial designer who works collaboratively across disciplines, with a focus on design that facilitates temporary installations, events, performances and exhibitions. Prior to returning to academia she practiced in the various fields of architectural, interior, performance and event design, and brings this industry experience to her teaching and research.

An emerging researcher, her work centres around the health and wellbeing of interconnected ecologies, and is closely linked with her teaching through the consideration of the spaces and activities of learning and practicing design. Archer-Martin coordinates and teaches primarily third and fourth year spatial design studio and research-based papers, as well as cross-disciplinary papers in the areas of critical studies and creative industries.



Julieanna Preston

Professor of Spatial Practice
Research coordinator, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

+64 (0)4 801 5799 ext 62245

Professor Julieanna Preston is a spatial artist, interior and architectural designer, theorist, and writer researching across feminist philosophy, new materialism and spatial politics. Her primary contribution as an educator stretches from PhD supervision to the new Master of Fine Arts (art and design), the Master of Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Design.



Jacquie Naismith

Senior lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

+64 (0)4 801 5799 ext 63654

Jacquie Naismith is a design theorist, writer and maker. She engages in interdisciplinary design research with a particular focus on design as agent of social and technological innovation and change. Her current research focuses on the social role of design in the formation of recreational places. Her concern is with the symbolic relationships between the visual representation of places, their built and natural environments, and the meaning of leisure places for those who use them.
Jacquie Naismith primarily teaches into the Postgraduate Diploma of Design, the Master of Design and critical and contextual studies.



Stuart Foster

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

+64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63224

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Massey Profile

Stuart Foster is a designer and researcher specialising in the emerging fields of digital interactive spatial environments and digital fabrication technologies. Foster’s research focuses on emerging technologies through the application of virtual modelling, visualising and sensing technologies to create interactive spatial environments. The founding principles of his research are drawn from architecture, phenomenology of perception and haptic technologies.



Meg Rollandi

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design


Meg Rollandi is a performance designer and artist whose critical practice explores the relationships between body, space and identity, and is strongly informed by feminist theory. Her work investigates the intersections of live performance and moving image, public and private spectacle and the roles of ‘performer’ and ‘spectator’.
Rollandi teaches across all levels of the undergraduate program into spatial design studio, critical and contextual studies, enterprise, performance design and event courses.



Oliver Blair

Technical Demonstrator, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design
+64 (04) 801 5799 ext. 63625

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Massey Profile

Oliver Blair (Oli) is a process-driven spatial designer interested in digital, urban and spatially rich landscapes that comment on contemporary culture. Oli teaches into multiple undergraduate levels of the spatial design department.



Mercia Tawhiri-Kerr

Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design




Tony De-Goldi

Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design



Previous Staff

Dr Antony Pelosi

Lecturer – 2003-2016
Spatial Design Program Director – 2012-2016

Currently: Senior Lecturer, Te Kura Waihanga | School of Architecture
Victoria University of Wellington , New Zealand



Sam Trubridge

Lecturer –


Amanda Yates

Lecturer –
Spatial Design Program Director –


Sven Mehzoud

Lecturer –
Spatial Design Program Director –


Dr Dorita Hannah

Lecturer –
Spatial Design Program Director –



Last modified: November 23, 2016