Owain Caruana-Davies

Lecturer

Professional Biography

Owain Caruana-Davies is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and educator based in London. He has worked on projects internationally, being exhibited in London, Boston, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, and Ukraine. 

His practice crosses the disciplines of art and architecture, having a traditional background in architecture before completing an MA at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL where he is currently a PhD researcher. His research is situated in spatial practice and focuses on buildings that have become redundant over time, concentrating on the process of demolition, its impact on human-spatial relationships and wider ideas surrounding situated identity. Owain’s work responds to existing spaces through large-scale hybrid drawings, found objects, film and photography. 

Owain’s practice predominantly involves teaching within higher education, holding a PGCertHE and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is a lecturer and year 1 convenor at Regent’s University London on the BA (Hons) Interior Design course. Since 2017 he has led an MA studio at Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts. Owain also teaches at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL as an associate lecturer. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, Chelsea College of Arts, CCW,  University of the Arts London (In Progress)
  • PGCertHE, Regent’s University London, 2020
  • MA Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2016 (Scholarship)
  • BA (Hons) Architecture [RIBA], Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, 2014

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2020-Present: Associate Lecturer, Graduate Diploma in Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL). 
  • 2018-Present: Lecturer & Year 1 Convenor, BA (Hons) Interior Design & Foundation, Regent’s University London
  • 2017-Present: Associate Lecture & Studio Leader, MA Architecture & MA Interior Design, Canterbury School of Architecture, University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
  • 2017-2019: Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • 2015-2016: Student Welfare Mentor, University of the Arts London (UAL)
  • 2016-2021: Freelance Designer

Research Interests

Human Spatial is a research platform that Owain founded in 2020 to cumulate different research interests originating from his practice-based PhD at CCW, UAL (which he is currently enrolled). 

Spaces play a significant role in our lives and impact on the way that we live, work, play and rest. Human Spatial explores the intimate connections that humans form with spaces through reflexive creative processes to (i) help better understand how to respond to redundant spaces and (ii) design meaningful future spaces. Such processes include hybrid, large scale, experimental drawings, installations, spatial experiences, photography, film and architectural interventions. Human Spatial is an exciting confluence of creative work housed in one place to explore projects, collaborations, research and academic outputs.

Owain’s current research investigates architectural obsolescence encompassing social relationships and emotional investments associated with redundant sites. The research develops site-responsive archival processes responding to obsolescent spaces.  

Research interests include: interior design, architecture and spatial design, spatial practice, fine art, obsolescence, thinking through drawing/making, design representation, site-specific intervention, creative pedagogy. 

Professional Affiliations/Accreditation

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Other Outputs

Owain's awareness of the pressures of being a student are reflected in a keen understanding of the importance of mental health awareness within academic institutions. He volunteered as a student welfare mentor within higher education and has training in mental health first aid. This approach to pastoral concerns ultimately enhances the overall student experience. 

Owain is a member of the LGBTQ+ Network at Regent’s University London as well as other groups supporting equality and diversity, spanning beyond academic institutions addressing areas of inequality. Owain has a keen interest in opportunities for all into higher education, challenging long-held structures within the academic field that have historically precluded certain groups from the opportunities afforded to more privileged students. 

He is proud to be an educator on a course that has a majority female student body, and gender parity across the staff team. In addition to this the course represents numerous nationalities and backgrounds, reflected in both the student and teaching body. 

Further to Owain's teaching at Regent's University London, other institutions, and his PhD research, Owain engages in independent design consultancy, competition work, often with collaborative international teams, as well as exhibiting work globally. Owain has a passion for all creative disciplines and engages on a multi-disciplinary level with other specialists in their respective fields.