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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.

Diana Cochrane

Sessional lecturer

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