Interior Designer, Cachet Group
Master of Design
Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)
Bachelor of Design in Spatial Design
Spatial design covers such a wide range of things, says art and design alumnus Andrew Lowe.
“I initially considered studying architecture, but then I realised that spatial design is more multi-disciplinary and spans from interiors and architecture to art and urban design. I like that it offers more opportunities.
“My advice to other students is to be open-minded about what spatial design is. You can explore so many things within spatial design, and it’s a great area to discover your own practice. Through my studies I realised that I especially enjoy working on interior projects and installations, but there are also so many other career opportunities in this field.”
Reimagining the tea ceremony
Andrew’s passion for spatial design has already attracted some attention, and saw him winning a gold award at the prestigious Best Awards. He was also a finalist in the student category at the Auckland Architecture Association Visionary Architecture Awards and at the Interior Awards.
“I’m fascinated by the Japanese tea ceremony. My installation ‘Host of Shadows: Slowness, wabi-sabi, and the tea ceremony’ is designed to reflect the essence of a tea ceremony. It was my Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) project, and I’m extremely proud that it received a gold award in spatial design at the Best Awards.”
For Andrew, the project also helped him discover a new passion – working with clay.
“I really enjoyed working with clay for my tea ceremony installation. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I also used clay to create tiles for my master’s research project, a native bird centre.”
Surrounded by inspiring designers
The people were one of the highlights of his studies, Andrew says.
“I’ve definitely enjoyed the interactions with my lecturers and the technicians in the labs. I loved learning from inspiring designers like my supervisors Carl Douglas and Sue Gallagher. They’re designers I can really admire, and their generosity was inspirational. I couldn’t have completed my Master of Design without their support.
“I was also impressed by Harriet Stockman, who is the technician at the wet lab and an amazing ceramicist. She taught me everything about clay.”
Working in the studio alongside other design students was another highpoint for him.
“I enjoyed working in the studio with the other students – the late nights in the studio were great and just being around other designers is inspiring. There’s a great sense of support among the students.”