Rachel Vallance

Rachel Vallance BA (Hons), MA

Senior Lecturer of Interior Design


Rachel trained as an Interior Designer at Manchester Metropolitan University before working in the industry in both the UK and Middle East. She has worked on a wide range of projects ranging from small retail and exhibition design to large hospitality and leisure developments. Rachel moved into academia in 2009 and has since gained an MA in Interior Design at Sheffield Hallam University.


Rachel joined Sheffield Hallam in 2009 and is now a Senior Lecturer and first year tutor for Interior Design. Rachel has since completed her MA in Interior Design, focusing her studies on ‘Strategies to Change Behaviour for Installation Design’. Most recently she has had a paper waste installation exhibited at Clerkenwell Design Week, as well as a pop up installation on Cambridge Street, Sheffield. Her interests lie in the links between psychology and exhibition design, and how a spatial environment can affect an occupier’s mood, emotion and ultimately behaviour. She is also interested in designing with social responsibility and the notion of using design as a form of activism to encourage positive change for a more sustainable future. Rachel has been able to continue her design practice through freelance work whilst teaching at Hallam.

Specialist areas of interest

Space and Human Behaviour  
Psychology and Design
Exhibition and Installation Design
Sustainable Design


Subject area

Fashion and Interior Design


Interior Design


ID Space (level 4)
ID Place (level 4)
ID People (level 4)
ID Inhabitation (level 6)


Precious Paper – Installation for behaviour change


Book chapters

Stirling, E., Billau, S., Batty, S., & Vallance, R. (2019). Textural interface: A design fiction. In Brooker, G., Harriss, H., & Walker, K. (Eds.) Interior Futures. Napa Valley, California: Crucible Press: https://www.cruciblepress.com/interiorfutures


Vallance, R. (2016). Precious Paper - Installation for behaviour change.

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