Each MA Interior Design student is assigned to a 'practice mentor' at the start of the academic year. Practice mentors are professional, practicing interior designer who offers you a professional perspective on your studio work and long term career intentions. Practice mentors and students meet four times a year and offer a vital link to practice in London. Some mentor relationships have developed into internships and part-time work.
'I love knowledge sharing and collaboration and the practice mentor programme is the ideal platform for cross fertilisation of ideas.
As an alumnus of the RCA I feel it is extremely important to share professional expertise, guidance and insights on promoting design excellence in the constraints of a commercial environment with emerging RCA talent.
The programme is a fantastic opportunity to encourage my mentee to find her voice in the design debate while helping her position her design skills in the context of professional practice.
Working with my mentee has been a great pleasure, her commitment to the work and engagement sessions has been exceptional, inspiring and energising.
I look forward to continue working with her and seeing her develop her full potential as a practicing Interior designer.'
– Mijail Gutierrez, Design Director, Associate Principal
2015/16 Practice Mentors
Current second-year practice mentors include: Suzi Winstanley, Philippe Malouin, Lucas Tizard, Lionel Real De Azua, Craig Riley, Martin Young (and colleagues), Michelle Wilkie, Gareth Payne, Holly Porter, Eddie Blake, Mario Brown, Mark Leib, Robbie Turner, Jonas Lencer, Stewart Dodd, Jen Forakis, Greg Shannon, Marta Nowicka, Naemi Prahm, Sally Mackereth, Leon (Jenny Jones Studio), Irina Listovskaya
Current first-year practice mentors include:
Guy Ailion, Beth Cowan, Kieran Morgan, Greg Shannon, Anne-Laure, Chris Boyce (& colleagues), Jonas Lencer, Ciaran O’Brien, Matt Smith, Jo Sampson, Morag Morrison, Harbinder Birdi, Rob Vinall, Owain Roberts, Tut Zhu, Ab Rogers (& colleagues), Johann Schnaus, Jenny Dunn, Tom Shell, Kevin Brennan, Mijail Gutierrez, Sophie Lewis