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Leanda French

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Academic Biography

Leanda's specialist fields of teaching are interior design, design process and concept generation and furniture design. She has over 33 years teaching experience including periods of time at Northern School of Art, Sunderland University, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and, for the past 30 years, at Teesside University. Embarking on her creative career at Cleveland College of Art and Design, she studied a 3-dimensional design degree at Middlesex University (first class honours) and she completed her studies at the Royal College of Art in London with an MA Furniture Design. Leanda has worked as a freelance designer in the UK, and had work exhibited in London and the Far East.

Summary of Research Interests

Current research interests revolve around well-being and the design of environments, discussions in conceptual thinking for students and Dutch and Belgian design. Leanda is interested in current design debates and developing her knowledge in the field of materiality and sustainable materials alongside developing links within the interiors industry. 

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