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University of Westminster launches: Event Design - Open Lecture Series

Event professionals wanting to know more about event design and technology have the opportunity to attend a series of free lectures at the University of Westminster this autumn.

The School of Architecture and Cities will be hosting the Event Design – Open Lecture Series on Monday evenings at its central London Marylebone campus from 24 September to 26 November.

The series will see eight experts exploring various design and technical approaches to creating immersive live experiences. The initiative is being supported by the International Live Events Association’s UK Chapter and all the content has been approved by ILEA’s Education Council. 

Professor Stephen Brookhouse, deputy dean of the College of Design, Cultural and Digital Industries, said: “This is a great new initiative. The university sees this as an important opportunity to share our design and technological expertise and engage with the events industry and professionals in this growing and valuable part of the events sector.” 

The programme will be varied and delivered by experienced designers, innovation, production and technical directors from award winning companies in the UK events industry.

The lectures series includes:


  • 24 September 2018

The B & P Laws of Experiential Design by Ioana Iliesiu, design director, Bompas and Parr Studio.

  • 1 October 2018                                                                    

The Client Brief and the Creative Response, by Sara Bertie, marketing manager, ES Global.

·       8 October 2018                                                                    

Designing the Participant Journey by Max Fellows, director of client services, MCI Experiences.

·       15 October 2018                                                                  

Content Creation and the Experience Wave, by Callum Gill, director of innovation, DRP Group.

·       29 October 2018                                                                  

Scenography, Stage and Set Design by Robert Dunsmore, freelance creative director.

·       5 November 2018                                                       

Technology to Engage Attendees, by Tim Manning, experience director, SWARM Group.

·       19 November 2018                                                                        

Immersive AV, Lighting and Sound Technologies, by Mark Bannister, technical director, George P Johnson Experience Marketing. 

·       26 November 2018                                                              

Temporary Structures that Inspire, by Rory Sloan, production director, Avant Garde.               


The University says it is keen to engage with industry professionals and to assist them to further their knowledge in events design and technology.

James Morgan, founder of Even Tech Lab and senior lecturer at the University, described the series as, “an opportunity for students from other academic disciplines within the university and students from other institutions who have an interest in live experience design to find out about the nuts and bolts of event design”.

Tickets for free admission are available on Eventbrite (search for Event Design Open Lecture Series on the Eventbrite website).