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Stephen Edge

MA Interior Design, Unit Leader

Stephen’s career spans over forty years in architecture, interior design and academia. He's a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), has a Diploma in Interior Design from Kingston University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge. He's taught around the world and directed BA and MA Interior Design courses at several UK universities.  

His research interest is in creating combined Biophilic and UVC lighting solutions for killing Covid 19 in interior environments, for safer post-pandemic future workplaces. He’s passionate about making people feel healthier when they walk out of one of his buildings, to when they walked in. 

Stephen's career highlights

  • Helping Environmental artists Christo and Jeanne Claude erect Running Fence, a twenty-four-and-a-half-mile long work of art, in Northern California
  • Co-founding the interior design consultancy Deacon Edge (London 1980-91) specialising in low energy workplace, retail, leisure and high-end residential interiors, for clients including British Rail, Canon, Citicorp, Conoco, Kuwait Petroleum, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Scottish Widows, Warner Brothers, Whitbread and Adam Ant
  • Being the Biophilic Design Consultant for The Spine*, helping embed key Salutogenic and Biophilic principles

"Design is a journey, not a destination. We are here to help you think about how you might get the best out of that journey."

Stephen Edge, MA Interior Design Unit Leader

Stephen's experience

His professional experience is wide ranging, from the conservation of buildings and pedestrianisation of the mediaeval streets in his home city of York, UK, to painting scenery for London West End Theatre stage sets, and ultimately through his London consultancy Deacon Edge, designing a £3 million low energy office interior for over 1000 employees in the new London HQ of Citicorp. He is currently practicing as a Biophilic Design Consultant. 

*To date The Spine (the new HQ for the Royal College of Physicians) is the first building in the world to attain the rating systems WELL (Living Building Institute) Platinum for the interior fit-out and structure, and a BREEAM Outstanding for the construction. Also, with 109 out of a possible 110 WELL Credits, it’s the highest of any WELL (over 4000) certified buildings in the world. It opened in Spring 2021 and is set to become one of the healthiest buildings in the world. 

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