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Andy Milligan

Andy Milligan

Course Director (Interior & Environmental Design)

Tel: 01382 385304
Room 8002, Level 8, Matthew Building,
DJCAD, 13 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4HT


Andy is a senior lecturer, educator, and spatial researcher with 20+ years experience teaching at creative institutions in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee. He leads various international initiatives including GIDE Group for International Design Education, and is module leader for the Border Crossings collaboration. Research interests include the interrelationship between our digital, spatial and domestic experiences. Andy has brought a spatial perspective into future ageing, behaviour change and urban green space research. He contributed to the Engineering Development Trust Go4SET initiative with S2 high schools to promote design thinking. He has published widely in interior and design conferences on interior pedagogy, digital learning, interdisciplinary, spatial narratives amongst others and has presented at the AHRC Connected Communities Summit Showcase, 2013.


  • ‘FLEX: Flexible Dwelling for Extended Living’ with Northern Architecture and Northumbria University exploring future modes of dwelling as we age, AHRC Communities, Culture & Design [2012-13]
  • 'BUILDING BANTER / THE ENERGY PROJECT' supporting energy saving interventions through behaviour change, persuasive design and user centred strategies in the workplace with ARUP, Moixa, Vitamins Design, UCL, Southampton and Leeds Universities, Technology Strategy Board / EPSRC [2010-12]
  • ‘SPARKS: Social Parks and Urban Green Space’ exploring how urban green-spaces might refocus and reconnect communities through research, AHRC Connected Communities [2011-12]
  • ‘ARTWORKS SCOTLAND: TRIGGER : developing practice in participatory settings and exploring collaborative creative practice across formal and informal settings. TRiGGER is linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative, AHRC, Creativity Culture & Education and the Cultural Leadership Programme. _ core member [2011-2014]
  • ‘THINKING INSIDE THE BOX: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’, published by Libri, co-editor [2007]
  • ‘INTERIOR TOOLS INTERIOR TACTICS: Debates in Interior Theory and Practice’, published by Libri, co-editor[2011]‘
  • BETTER BY DESIGN: A GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE TO IMPROVING DAY CARE CENTRE DESIGN’ member of the steering committee in the UK’s only homeless day care guide

REF Outputs

  • Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interiors, Theory and Practice’ [2011] / Libri Publishing /  co-editor and author of 4 book chapters. With 24 international contributions exploring the tools, tactics and strategies across interior education, research and practice. Examines issues of materiality, digitality, modelling, alteration and adaptive reuse and strategies of work in the 21st century
  • Occupations: Negotiations with Constructed Space’ [2011] published by University of Brighton / exploring new televisual collective occupation in the Big Brother setting as a parallel to Hotel Particulier’s in Paris. One of 50 theoretical perspectives on contested occupation across temporal, memorial, appropriated or site specific contexts / co-author /editor Terry Meade
  • ‘Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design’/ [2013] published by Berg / book chapter that contributes an international theory perspective / ‘Programme, Function and Fabrication: the Interior as Museum Experience’ / co-author/ co-editors Weinthal and Brooker. Chapter explores the altered states of culturally significant interiors that are housed in the museum.
  • ‘Domestechtopias’ [2012] Libri Publishing / in ‘Interiors Education Futures: Contemporary Insights’, edited by Professor Rodgers. P., Northumbria University. Chapter explores the neglected origins of interior professional practice and opportunities to rediscover new ways of exploring the domestic as a site for dwelling and interaction, behaviours and rituals.

Academic External Examiner

  • UCLAN BA[Hons] Interior Design * incl Schools in Thessalonika & Singapore '14-'18
  • LJMU Liverpool John Moores University BA (Hons) Interior Design [2009-2012]
  • University of Lincoln BA (Hons) DEM, Design for Exhibition and Museums [2005-2009]
  • Forth Valley College / OUVC (Open University), BA Art & Design [2006-2009]

 Academic External Validation/Revalidation

  • Domus Academy, Milan_ reviewing nine Masters programmes (University of Wales) 2010
  • Leeds College of Art / OUVC (Open University)_ BA (Hons) Interior Design 2011
  • University of Westminster_ Masters of Interior Design 2009
  • Edinburgh College of Art/ Edinburgh University _ IMIAD the International Masters in Interior Architectural Design 2008
  • Edinburgh Napier University_ Masters in Interdisciplinary Design 2007
  • University of Hertfordshire & IDS, the Interactive Design Institute / online Interior Design programme 2007-‘09

Industrial & Commercial

  • NRS Nicoll Russell Studios, Architects & Interior Designers. Design team member of an RIBA Gold medal award project
  • Chartered Interior Designer (via professional assessment with CSD Chartered Society of Designers)
  • RIAS, the Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland (Commercial)


  • Fellow of the HEA Higher Education Academy [2000-present]
  • GIDE Group for International Design Education a consortium of seven institutions in Italy, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia and Scotland. International coordinator and researcher[2009-present]
  • IE Interior Educators, a UK consortium of 40+ leading interior degree and master programmes [2008-present]
  • IFS Interiors Forum Scotland, a research consortium of Scottish degree and masters programmes initiated and co-founded in [2005-present]