Rentaro Nishimura

Senior Lecturer

Professional Biography

Rentaro Nishimura is a London-based multi-disciplinary designer.

After his initial training as an interior designer in Tokyo, Rentaro moved to London to study Architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.  His passion for design, construction and form led him to then complete an MA in product design.

His work draws on principles of origami, repeat modular forms, self-assembly and flat-pack designs.  From lights to rings, chairs to wedding dresses, window installations to packaging.

Using the latest digital technology of 3D printers and laser-cutting, his work bridges the gap between craft and technology.


  • MA product Design, London Metropolitan University, 2008
  • RIBA Part II, 2005
  • Diploma Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, 2004
  • BA Interior design, Tama Art University, 1998

Relevant Past Employment

  • Central Saint Martins, Guest Lecturer, 2014-Present
  • London Metropolitan University, Visiting Lecturer, 2009-Present
  • 6a Architects, 2005-07
  • David Chipperfield Architects, 2001-02

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Course Development

As a lecturer in Interior design, Rentaro has taught on undergraduate programme level and is currently Year Two module leader.

Year 2 (Level 5) tutor, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2015 – Present

  • IND501 Interior Design Practice I
  • IND502 Interior Design Practice II

Year 2 (Level 5) tutor, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2014 – Present

  • IND505 Interior Design Practice III
  • IND506 Interior Design Practice IV

Year 1 (Level 4) tutor, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2014 – 2015

  • IND404 Communication Skills I

Year 2 (Level 5) tutor, BA[Hons] Interior Design 2014 – 2015

  • IND504 Communication Skills II