Academic Staff

Sven Mehzoud

Spatial Design Program Leader
Associate Professor, Spatial Design, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Sven leads the Spatial Design program at Massey’s Design School in Wellington. Sven and the spatial teaching team have developed an exciting new program that offers students an educational experience in new and emerging spatial practices and professions while maintaining a foundation in the traditional design competencies.  He has taught interior architecture and spatial design for over 20 years and has managed design programs in both New Zealand and Australia. His creative work lies at the intersection of exhibition, scenography, and interior architectural design and centres on curatorial practices for experiences of the everyday. Projects are often collaborative, and are undertaken as commissioned or invited exhibition designs and curatorial projects, ranging from urban festival designs, to public and independent museums and gallery projects, and engagements with councils and independent community groups.


Meg Rollandi

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Meg Rollandi is an award winning 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.


Jen Archer-Martin

Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

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.


Dr. Julieanna Preston

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

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  Master of Fine Arts (art and design), the Master of Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Design.


Dr. Jacquie Naismith

Senior Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Dr. 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

Senior Lecturer, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

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.


Georgina Stokes

Senior Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design 

Georgina is a recent graduate of the B.Des and M.Des degrees at the School of Design. 
Her research focuses on designing for Aotearoaness; who we are and where we are in our unique corner of the world. She teaches first and third year spatial design studios as well as supporting the all levels with technical support. 


Kate Linzey

Visiting Senior Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Guest Tutors:

Mercia Abott

Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Tony De-Goldi

Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design

Amber Strain

Tutor, Ngā Pae Māhutonga – The School of Design


Last modified: July 16, 2020