Department of Architecture academic staff

These courses prepare you to take a position in the field of architecture and its allied professions. You will be provided with the knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of career outcomes in interior design and architecture.

You will be encouraged to develop your individual creative ability and support this with the development of a high level of technical skills.

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Professor Lawrence Zeegen

Professor Lawrence Zeegen 

Dean of the School of Design

Professor Lawrence Zeegen is Dean of the School of Design at Ravensbourne where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research in Communication and Product Design, Architecture and Fashion.

Lawrence has lectured at conferences and institutions and acted as a design education consultant nationally and internationally – across 20+ countries, at last count. Having practiced as an illustrator since graduation with BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts (1st class) from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1989; Lawrence’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Lawrence was a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper between 2005 and 2010.

Lawrence was a founding partner of London-based illustration studio Big Orange, was a founding director of Heart – one of the UK’s foremost contemporary illustration agencies, then launching AgencyRush before departing to take a more active role in design education.

As a design writer, Lawrence has contributed to numerous publications and blogs including Computer Arts, Computer Arts Projects, Creative Review, Digital Creative Arts, Grafik, It’s Nice That, MacFormat and Varoom. The author of nine published books on the subject of illustration and graphic arts since 2005 and a contributor to many more, Zeegen's latest books, Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King) was published in 2014 and Ladybird by Design (Penguin) in 2015.

Lawrence is a trustee of D&AD, a Trustee of the De Le Warr Pavilion and a member of the Design Council Sounding Board. In 2011 Lawrence was appointed to the Executive Board of ico-D (icograda) - the International Council of Design and reappointed in 2013.


 Lawrence Zeegan Work 50 Years

Fifty Years of Illustration (Laurence King).
Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts. 2014

 Lawrence Zeegan Work Ladybird

Ladybird by Design (Ladybird / Penguin).
Lawrence Zeegen. 2015

Layton Reid

Layton Reid BA(Hons), D Arch Urb Des, DMPL Arch, MA , MCSD, RIBA , RIAS, FRSA, FHEA, MRI, AoU, Reg Arch, Ch IE UK, Pres IE UK.

Associate Dean: Department of Architecture


Layton Reid is the Associate Dean of the Department of Architecture with cross-institutional responsibility for student experience, international liaison, and special projects.

Layton is the founder and director of Desitecture, a research based practice, which has been published internationally for its work on future and sustainable prototypes, with a focus on high density and ultra tall buildings. Desitecture exhibits internationally and the practice’s work is presented at international conferences on a regular basis. He has extensive experience as an external examiner and validator, both in the UK and internationally in architecture, interior architecture and design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has formerly been a visiting professor of design.

Layton is Chair/President of Trustees of the Interior Educators, the national academic subject group, and a vice Chair of the RIBA Schools of Architecture visiting panels. He travels extensively promoting architecture, design and its benefits and the need for greater links and engagement between the public, users and the academy.


Layton's work sites itself alongside the debates on the use of technology and the need for the city to reinvent itself and as a result received numerous invitations to present through lectures and presentations internationally including London Culture Exchange 2015, Vertical cities symposium Hong Kong 2013, High density mass housing housing symposium Singapore 2014, MIPIM shortlist 2015

His recent work is showcased in international publications such as Geo, Design Exchange Dezeen,Time.

Recent exhibitions include Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

Editor of 2 online journals in architecture design and education.

Visions Of The Future - Layton Reid

Visions of the Future -Architecture for the 21st Century

A guide to the latest thinking on sustainable and dynamic architectural solutions Re-inventing architecture and interiors, and in ten Evolo skyscrapers publications .

Idrees Rasouli

Idrees Rasouli BA (Hons) MA. RCA MSc. ICL FRSA

Course leader: Department of Architecture - IDEA

Idrees is the Course Leader for BA (Hons) IDEA/Interior Design Environment Architectures course at Ravensbourne, with responsibility for directing the design strand, delivering outstanding architectural and design education, and leading authority on the creative, technological and technical aspects of the courses in the Department of Architecture.

Trained at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London — Idrees is an award-winning innovation design engineer, conceptual architect, urban innovator, business design lead, and creative researcher, with a focus on disruptive market innovation. He cultivated his design leadership skills through extensive practice and collaboration with a number of world-famous architecture, design, engineering and branding firms before founding Foreign Works and X-Crop; with direct involvement in projects across a wide range of industries, including technology, automotive, healthcare, transport, fashion, aviation, consumer goods, manufacturing and construction throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Baizhou Cai

Baizhou Cai BA (Hons) MA

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

A Ravensbourne graduate of BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures and MA Environment Design, Baizhou has been practising interior design and architecture internationally with a focus on the future of mixed-use buildings, eco-friendly and green design, and new technologies. He is Head of Marketing and Research for Desitecture, a research-led design practice, which has been published internationally for its work on future and sustainable prototypes, with a focus on high density and ultra tall buildings.

Through his work for Desitecture, Baizhou has been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival two years in succession and has had project work publisihed in Ideal-Space magazine, Bazzar Arts, LiuZhou Daily Newspaper and the Shenzhen Daily Newspaper in China, and in Hong Kong's Commercial Daily as well as work featured on Central China Television (CCTV).

Diana Cocharne

Diana Cochrane 

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

Diana has wide ranging experience spanning over 20 years in the design, delivery & communication of projects including architecture, exhibition, domestic, film & tv, lighting, retail and workplace design. She worked for Fitch Retail, Ulster Television and Concord Lighting before co-founding Urban Salon a London- Based multi- disciplinary architecture and design practice. A studio with a strong collaborative ethos, Urban Salon worked for a wide range of clients  across  a broad spectrum of work. Office interiors for BBH, Mother and Edcoms focused on changing work cultures and establishing brand identity and a major collaboration with M&S over several years included projects to document their history, design new store interiors and manage their CO2 footprint. Urban Salon’s work was recognised through a variety of awards shortlists, competitions and publications including Blueprint, Frame, Retail & Design Week, Europan, YAYA (Young Architect of the Year) and the RIBA.

Within the education sector, formative experiences within education influenced Diana’s desire to teach design part-time on BA Interiors Courses including Kingston University, Chelsea College of Art, Glasgow School of Art and at the Cass, and on Masters Architecture courses at the RCA and the University of Kent. Her current research work focuses on the history, social and economic life of the mile-long Walworth Road; a typical inner London High Street that directly links two significant large scale post-war housing regeneration sites in South London – the Heygate and the Aylesbury. Committee membership of various local community groups such as The Elephant Park Advisory Group, the Walworth Society and the Old Kent Road Forum which consults with Southwark Council demonstrates Diana’s commitment to the ethos of live projects and the social agenda.

Tom Fitzsimmons

Tom Fitzsimmons BA(Hons) MA DipArch ARB RIBA

Associate senior lecturer: Department of Architecture

Tom Fitzsimmons is a registered architect; he leads his practice Tom Fitzsimmons Chartered Architects based in London.

He came late to architecture, graduating from Edinburgh University after first obtaining a degree in English Literature and Social Anthropology from Rhodes University. Tom worked with the housing practice ARP Anthony Richardson and Partners for eight years. He went on to become a Director of Edward Cullinan Architects. While there, he worked on RMC International Headquarters (recently Grade 2 listed) and Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre, both given RIBA National and Regional Awards, amongst others. He also participated in winning national invited competitions for Offices in Petershill (to the immediate south of St Paul’s Cathedral) and a Learning and Conference Centre for BP in Berkshire.

At the same time as starting his practice, Tom entered academia, joining De Montfort University as a Lecturer in Architecture, initially teaching on and developing the experimental undergraduate Architecture and Urban Studies Course at the Milton Keynes branch, and then going on to lead the Post Graduate Master of Architecture Course in Leicester as a Principal Lecturer. Under his leadership the MArch’s top students enjoyed sustained professional recognition, collecting awards annually, most recently winning the 3DReid national prize for Part 2 in 2014. Its alumni benefitted from a high employment rate with architectural practices, including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick Studio, Make, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Malachy McAleer

Malachy McAleer BSc (Hons) DipArch RIBA PGCE

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

Malachy McAleer is a practising architect and educator who in the past had a spell with SOM but from 1992 has run his own practice in South East London. The practice is currently seven strong and works mainly in the residential field on bespoke houses and property development. Malachy specialises in the technical side of the profession, covering construction, structure and materials within a holistic approach in the context of improving sustainability in architecture and architectural education. Inclusive accessibility is another key area of his interest, whilst delivering professional studies.

Malachy became a RIBA chartered architect in 1986 and is the current chair of SELSA (South East London Society of Architects), the local branch for chartered architects in Bexley, Greenwich & Lewisham. As part of our partnership, SELSA is involved in judging the architecture and interior design environment architectures degree show annually at Ravensbourne, and awards the best student work at the show.

Malachy has been undertaking informal research on the artistic expression of segregation and separation in major cities (Belfast, Jerusalem, Nicosia) over the past five years with a view to progressing a formal thesis in the near future. Outside of mainstream architecture, Malachy has wide interests and involvement in art, culture and sports, dabbles in art at his studio next to his office within a group of artists' workshops in Lee Green.

Tim Molloy

Tim Molloy FRCA FRSA

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

Born in the Lake District during the Festival Of Britain, Tim studied Interior Design at Manchester School of Art, then the Royal College of Art. He taught a lot, worked in many commercial studios and then founded an award-winning design practice Simpson Molloy, specialising in exhibition design.

In 1993, Tim joined the Science Museum, based in South Kensington. Over a twenty-year career as Creative Director, he developed a unique role and an international reputation for nurturing creativity, collaboration and experimentation. The Science Museum became a laboratory for change, winning seventeen major design awards and consistently delivering world-class, game-changing experiences to three million visitors annually.

During this time, he was awarded Fellowships of the Royal College of Art and The Royal Society of Arts. Tim has held several visiting professorships, has taught, advised and examined at many design courses nationally and internationally and regularly contributes to awards, advisory and educational panels.

Tim retired early from institutional life in 2013 to establish an independent consultancy providing strategic, innovative creative services to museums and similar institutions. Increasingly, he finds the working practices of the artist, rather than the designer more interesting and vital to his own professional development.

As a consequence of all of this, Tim encourages students to see their world differently, to challenge what they see and to respond accordingly, always with a desire to provoke change.

Dr Richard Patterson

Dr. Richard Patterson BA (Cantab) AA Dipl RIBA

Associate senior lecturer: Department of Architecture

Richard Patterson was born in San Francisco in 1945. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Davis in 1967, where he had studied under Wayne Thiebaud and William Wiley. He was assistant to sculptor John Chamberlain. Patterson completed his BA (Cantab) in Architecture in 1972, the AA Dipl in 1976, qualifying as a registered architect in 1980. During this time, he studied under Robert M. Young, Robin Evans, Robert Gutman, Anthony Vidler, David Coffin, Hans Aarsleff and Anthony Grafton. He received his PhD in 2008 by publication in architectural semiology.

Richard Patterson has worked in architectural practice from 1972, initially for Evans and Shalev and then ABK, followed by larger-scale corporate projects with TTSP and epr, and residential and urban development for Conran Roche. His own practice, set up in 1991, was concerned with the restoration and refurbishment of 17th to 19th century buildings, predominantly for London premises of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon. Richard Patterson has taught at Kingston University, De Montfort University, University of Brighton and Arts University Bournemouth. He has been a member of the Prescription Committee of the Architects Registration Board, and is currenlty Secretary to the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture, is a member of the Architectural Association Council and is associated with Pilgrims Group for the procurement of forensic sciences services.

Prof. Alan Philips

Professor Alan Phillips RIBA

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

Alan Phillips studied architecture in England and Scotland, graduating in 1972 and opening offices in London and Brighton that combine practice, research and education. Early projects included proposals for parliament buildings, hotels, offices and social housing, with building completed for factories, banks, restaurants and nightclubs. Alan Phillips’ work has been published internationally in books and magazines including The Architectural Review, The Harvard Architecture Review, Architektur Aktuell and Artscribe.

Alan is also a prolific essayist and contributor to design and architecture journals, as well as a critic, reviewer and columnist for Building Design Magazine. He has taught in universities throughout the world, including in the USA, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria and Western Europe. His drawings are regularly exhibited and published, most recently in a one-man retrospective show at the Beardsmore Gallery in London, which covered his first 20 years of practice.

Graham Stretton

Graham Stretton 

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

As a practising designer for more than forty years, Graham has worked in most areas of interior design, on major interdisciplinary projects in the UK and around the world. He is a Teacher Fellow of Interior Educators the body that monitors the content and standards of the current 40 undergraduate interior design courses in the UK. He is also a Trustee and the Chair of Interior Educators membership panel. He has acted as both careers advisor and professional membership assessor for the British Institute of Interior Designers and the Chartered Society of Designers.

Graham studied at Leicester College of Art & Design and Trent Polytechnic before completing his MA at De Montfort University. Alongside his busy practice Graham has continued to work part time as an educator and has tutored in interior design at foundation level, undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses and contributed as a supervisor to research degrees. An acknowledged subject specialist, he has extensive experience as an external examiner and as a panel member at institutional validation events.

Graham’s research work concerns the representations of space and questions the conventional use of perspective and orthographic projection in relation to developments in digital technology and vector-based CAD software. He is also actively supporting proposals for the professionalisation of Interior Design. His published work includes the essay ‘Protected Title in Britain: An Educational Necessity?’ and The Handbook of Interior Design. 

Milot Pireva

Milot Pireva 

Sessional lecturer: Department of Architecture

Milot graduated from Ravensbourne in 2014 with a degree in BA (Hons) Architecture and completed an MA Environment Design programme in 2015. His experience in practice so far includes working in London as an architectural assistant for Pringle Brandon Perkins and Will, for Barclays Bank PLC and in Singapore for the World Architecture Festival. As well as his design skills, Milot brings to the studio particular expertise in 3D software and digital graphic and visualisation techniques to support undergraduate students. He also contributes as a tutor on the foundation course introducing students to architecture and interior design.