Sally Billau

Sally Billau FHEA, PGCert, BA (Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Interior Design


Sally Billau trained as an Interior Designer at Nottingham Trent University and has proven industry experience through working for a large architectural practice on a wide range of design projects. With an understanding of spatial settings and how an environment can positively impact upon the people that use and move through these spaces, Sally has interests around the personalisation of space. Sally moved into academia in 2009 and has a continuing interest in the pedagogy of design education. She is committed to pedagogic excellence in teaching through the application of innovative learning and teaching theories and methods.


MY SPACE: Co-creating personalised space within UK healthcare environments explores how a positive environment can encourage active participation in the recovery process for people with dementia in a healthcare setting. It explores links between surroundings, behaviors and beliefs, alongside the opportunity to personalise the healthcare space people inhabit, and the positive role this can play in their recovery process.

Building on her industry experience, Sally is interested in providing students with opportunities for the transfer of learning from the University environment into the workplace setting. She has developed a series of projects designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop as reflective practitioners and experience a range of different professional contexts in which they may work, and therefore enhance their ability to contribute to them.

Specialist areas of interest

Personalisation of Space
Transfer of Learning from University environment to workplace setting


Subject area

Fashion and Interior Design


BA Interior Design


ID Context (Level 5) Extend concepts of design thinking, examine specific user groups and analyse their relationship with objects, elements and settings, and then apply these findings to projects in a range of creative and experimental ways.

ID Application (Level 5) Work with a client on a live design project and develop of professional portfolio


Conference papers

Billau, S., & Stirling, E. (2017). CoLAB – Collaborative exhibition as a method to open interior design. In Kung, C., Lam, E., & Lee, Y. (Eds.) Open design for E-very thing, (pp. 56-60). Aalto, Finland: Hong Kong Design Institute and Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media:

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:


Billau, S., & Stirling, E. (2016). CoLAB : Collaborative exhibition as a method to open interior design. Presented at: Open Design for E-very-thing, Hong Kong Design Institute, 2016

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