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Masters in Design for Performance & Interaction


At the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London – the UK’s leading and largest Faculty of the Built Environment – we are starting a new 15-month Masters programme Design for Performance & Interaction offering students an opportunity to learning about Design in 4 Dimensions. Students will design the performance and interaction of objects, environments and people using the latest fabrication, sensing, computation, networked and responsive technologies. Emphasis is placed on prototyping, from interactive objects and installations to staged events, and performance architecture.

  • Design and make individual and collaborative projects that feature in an end-of-year public exhibition of design work, installations and performances that attracts 1000’s of visitors.
  • Gain a working knowledge of technical systems including sound, lighting, interactive computation and electronics.
  • Gain an understanding of parametric tools required when designing or adapting large performance spaces including acoustics, lighting, seating (spectator line of sight) and simulating occupant behaviour in a range of scenarios.
  • Learn how to manipulate software and physical hardware to create both simulated and actual 1:1 performance space and performances in an architectural context.

The programme welcomes applicants from a wide variety of artistic and technical backgrounds. Apply here


Programme summary

Design for performance and interaction is a novel interdisciplinary programme which invites students from a wide range of artistic and technical backgrounds. There are very few institutions that offer anything similar, and none that are set among the range of related programmes which The Bartlett School of Architecture also hosts.

The core of the programme is the belief that the creation of spaces for performance and the creation of performances within them are symbiotic design activities. Design using interactive technologies enables us to consider objects, space, people and systems as potential performers.

Design for performance and interaction has relevance across spatial and urban design, interface and systems design, auditoria and scenographic design, lighting and sound installation, performance and event design and virtual and physical environments that draw people together.

At The Bartlett School of Architecture we believe this provides an unprecedented opportunity for informed, skilled and trans-disciplinary designers to define, and also deliver, spaces and systems for performance and interaction in the 21st century.

Who should apply?

Graduates with enthusiasm for hands-on design and fabrication from a diversity of backgrounds in art, architecture, performance, scenography, light and sound, digital media, electronics, and engineering. A strong portfolio that demonstrates a high level of creative ability and/or evidence of substantial professional experience is required. More information can be found here

Teaching Staff

Ruairi Glynn | Interactive Architecture Lab
Practicing installation artist and Director of MArch Design for Performance & Interaction – Ruairi Glynn has exhibited internationally with recent shows at the Centre Pompidou Paris, the National Art Museum of China Beijing, and the Tate Modern, London. He has worked with leading cultural and research institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts, the Medical Research Council and BBC and built public installations for commercial clients including Twitter, Nike, Arup, Buro Happold, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He often works collaboratively with artists, architects, and choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, onedotzero, Tellart, Haptic and Alma-nac Architects.

Prof Stephen Gage
The Bartlett’s Professor of Innovative Technology, Stephen Gage is an internationally recognised leader in education of interactive and performance architecture. He has taught at The Bartlett since 1993, holding posts as Director of Technology & Director of Architectural Design as well as leading various funded research projects, and supervising Masters & PhD students. His graduates are now some of the industry leaders in interactive and performance architecture including Jason Bruges, Dominic Harris & Usman Haque to name just a few.

Yuri Suzuki | YS Lab
Sound artist and electronic musician, Yuri Suzuki produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1980. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked for Japanese art unit Maywa Denki, where he developed a strong interest in music and technology. In 2005 he moved to London where he has developed his own hugely successful artist practice. He has also taught at the Design Interaction and Information Experience Design programmes at the Royal College of Art.

Ersinhan Ersin | Marshmallow Laser Feast | xpld
Visual artist, and director at the legendary Marshmallow Laser Feast, Ersinhan Ersin’s work explores interaction between virtual spaces, light and the body. He often collaborates with performers including the New Movement Collective, and Imogen Heap. His work has been exhibited around the world including Lisbon Triennial, Istanbul Design Biennale, and Sundance Film Festival.

Jessica In | Interactive Architecture Lab
Formerly Architectural Designer at Heatherwick Studio, Jessica responsible for the production of Google Campus in Mountain View and the Hudson Yards Vessel sculpture projects in New York. She has taught at the Bartlett on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Matt Jakob | Nexus Interactive Arts
Working between experience design and advertising, Matt Jakob’s portfolio of works include clients such as Apple, IBM, London Science Museum, Burberry, Paramount Pictures and Google. At Nexus Interactive Arts since 2014 and previously at Imagination, he been directing many technologically advanced projects with teams of designers, technologists and coders.

Fiona Zisch | Interactive Architecture Lab
Fiona’s research examines the cognition, experience, and reciprocity of architectural space and human users. She works between UCL’s Department of Neuroscience and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Manabu Shimada
Japanese sonic artist based in London and Tokyo. His artistic work includes performances, installations and exhibitions. His technical expertise has allowed him to work as a composer and sound designer with companies such as Studio Tord Boontje, Yamaha, Audi, Pioneer, BBC, EMI and Tracey Neuls. His second Album, Pieces for her, was released in July 2016 on label Sounds et al.

Note: the tutors listed are subject to change and do not include the many other Bartlett staff, critics, and consultants that students will also encounter.

Graduates Projects in the Press

William Camilleri & Danilo Sampaio Designboom, Inhabitat, Vice
Syuko Kato & Vincent Huyghe GizmodoWe Make Money Not Art
Ava Aghakouchak & Maria Paneta FastCoDesignDomusLe Monde, Verge
Ollie Palmer: BBC, New Scientist, Dazed
Chryssa Varna: Creator Project, Suckerpunch
Ling Tan: Dezeen, Protein
Felix Faire: Creative Applications, Gizmodo
Lin Zhang and Ran Xie: CNET, PSFK
Bijing Zhang & Francois Mangion:We Make Money Not Art, FastCompany
William Bondin: BBC, Architizer
, Mashable, Wired


Have a look at interviews of our recent graduates.