Paul Kerlaff

Biography

Paul Kerlaff is Programme Leader for BDes (Hons) Interior and Spatial Design at Edinburgh Napier University and an internationally exhibited design practitioner. He has considerable teaching experience within the context of art schools and universities, and a track record of providing theoretical, vocational and studio tuition across a range of design disciplines including Architecture, Interior, Product and Furniture Design in the UK, Dubai and China.

He has been responsible for the development and delivery of a new BA (Hons) Interior Design undergraduate degree, and has a strong understanding of the external context and challenges facing design education today. Key achievements in his current role include the development of rigorous, critical engagement amongst students through live projects, and the fostering of an international community of practice through award winning peer-tutoring projects. Paul is currently visiting lecturer at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, China.

Since 2001 his company With Kerlaff has worked with clients including SuperDry, Channel 4, Heathrow Terminal 5, and the Scottish Parliament, and his research-led design practice has been exhibited at venues including 100% Design London, MUDAC in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Paul's practice and research activities have directly informed his teaching, and through a programme of live projects such as the Talbot Rice Gallery Reception Desk, his students have been motivated by a direct engagement with clients, and been able to draw on his expertise in the curation, design and manufacture of exhibition and retail projects.

Esteem

External Examining/Validations

  • External Advisor by invitation for new programme working group and validation committee, University of Chester
  • External Examiner for BA(Hons) Interior Architecture and MA Interior Architecture, University of Lincoln
  • External Examiner to MA Interior Design, University of Chester and Raffles College Singapore

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow, HEA

 

Reviewing

  • Invited judge for international student design project, Zhenzhou University of Light Industry, May 2014, November 2015

 

Date


5 results

Remanufactured Furniture Experiments aiming to minimise material loss and raw material addition – practical workshop at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan, China, February 2019

Physical Artefact
Kerlaff, P., & Cairns, A. Remanufactured Furniture Experiments aiming to minimise material loss and raw material addition – practical workshop at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan, China, February 2019

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Kerlaff, P., & Cairns, A. Remanufactured Furniture Experiments aiming to minimise material loss and raw material addition – practical workshop at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan, China, February 2019
Remanufactured Furniture Experiments aiming to minimise material loss and raw material addition – practical workshop at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan, China, F...

Re-defining Finishing, Performance and Durability: User Re-Manufacturable Surfboards

Conference Proceeding
Kerlaff, P. (2018)
Re-defining Finishing, Performance and Durability: User Re-Manufacturable Surfboards. In Proceedings of Making Futures 2017 Conference
This paper makes the case for surfboards being a prime archetype of user-object relations. It goes on to argue that design for remanufacture involves redefining notions of fin...

Now I Sit Me Down by Witold Rybczynski, Review Paul Kerlaff

Journal Article
Kerlaff, P. (2016)
Now I Sit Me Down by Witold Rybczynski, Review Paul Kerlaff. Interiors, 7(2-3), 191-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/20419112.2016.1242267
A simple but profound point opens Now I Sit Me Down: that chairs illustrate a kind of democratic manifestation of our relationship to things. Unlike architecture, and to a les...

Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014

Book
Lambert, I., Firth, R., MacLeod, M., Forster, S., Innes, M., Winton, E., …Titley, W. (2014)
Journal of Design Practice and Research, Volume 3, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University
Editorial -Welcome to the third issue of the Journal for Design Practice & Research. The last 18 months has been an extremely busy time for us. We have continued to grow as a ...

Whisky Table and other experiments.

Digital Artefact
Lambert, I. & Kerlaff, P. (2011)
Whisky Table and other experiments
Using the SFC Innovation voucher scheme, Edinburgh design company With Kerlaff worked with the Institute for Creative Industries in researching the potential for the use of ex...

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