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Paul Blindell

Senior Lecturer
Interior Design

Paul is the Level 6 Tutor for BA(Hons) Interior Design with practice and teaching experiences across a range of typologies and practices.

Initial Architectural practice with the renowned Architect Sam Scorer lead to an international contract as Interior Design Co-ordinator for Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the Japanese firm Taisei; responsible for the design implementation and project management of Concessions, Foreign Airline Offices and tenant co-ordination of interior fit-out works to all End-User areas.

Teaching practice has developed in scope and remit over the past twelve years and allows the range of industrial experiences to be the foundation to creative and conceptual learning. Recent consultancy includes research, design and delivery for a tactile brand and experiential design practice in Leeds.

Previous research activity explored language as a catalyst for reading the interior TMESIS (the separation of the elements of a compound word by the interposition of another) and ECHOPRAXIA (the un-conscious resonance of the body in space) leading to a current PhD Modelling Interiority: situating the model as a site of speculation and imminence.

The PhD research explores the scale model as an action, not an artefact; as transformative articulations of event, situation and idea. They provide a rich ground with which to investigate, map, articulate and trace the reflexive associations formed in their iterative development.

The work attempts to extend the power of the model as an interface for theoretical discourse and mediation through an auto-biographical exploration of the model as praxis and spatial speculation. It is through these model studies and their documentation that the interiority of the model and its praxis can be unveiled and encountered as mechanisms of imminence. 

Blindell, P. (2012) The Design, Teaching & Research Nexus, in Rodgers P (ed), Interiors Education Futures, Oxford, Libri (193-200)

Blindell, P. & Sykes, P. (2010) TMESIS: insertions and subversions of interstitial territories, in Lee G (ed) IDEA Journal, Queensland University of Technology, Australia (32-41)

Sept 2013 Blindell, P. & Pigott, J ‘Near-synchronous design collaboration’, Cloud and Crowd, Designs on e-learning 2012, University of the Arts, London

Mar 2012 Blindell, P. ‘Echopraxis: Gestural imitation through past,present and future resonances’, Reinventing Architecture & Interiors, IE International Conference, Ravensbourne

Nov 2011 Blindell, P. & Pigott, J. ‘The Sketchbook Re-Positioned’, School Teaching and Learning Workshop University of Huddersfield

Mar 2011 Blindell, P. ‘Practice Led Design, Teaching & Research’, Interior Educators Conference, Northumbria University

Feb 2011 Blindell, P. & Pigott, J. ‘Digital Dialogues: The Hyper-Layered Sketchbook’, Recto-Verso, Redefining the Sketchbook, The University of Lincoln

FRSA Fellow Royal Society for the Arts
FHEA Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of IE (Interior Educators)


A selection of recent research outputs.

Journal Articles

Blindell, PD., 2018. 'TMESIS: insertions and subversions of interstitial territories.', IDEA JOURNAL: Interior Territories - Exposing the critical interior [ISSN 1445-5412], pp. 32-41.