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Gem is an author and senior academic specialising in the interrelations between human behaviour, speculation, and spatial design.

Currently teaching at the Royal College of Art, she was awarded a coveted National Teaching Fellowship in 2019, is Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE, and founding chair of QuEAN – Queer Educators in Architecture Network. Gem’s work in the future(s) space comes to life through her advisory, research, teaching and leadership of superFUTURES at the RCA, her directorship of the Experimental Realism platform and consultation services offered through her Office for Speculative Spatial Design (O-SSD).

superFUTURES at the RCA is a research-led speculative spatial design unit sitting within the Interior Design MA – where specialist staff and inventive students practise the future together, everyday. We have three core research areas; futures of genders and identities, futures of relationships and interactions, futures of pleasure and entertainment. superFUTURES is a process, a methodology, a practice, a point of view, a mindset, a philosophy centred on widening the scope of our collective imagination, to consider the world as it might be. We are embedded in the plural possibilities of this transformation, not in its prediction.

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