Steven Batty

Steven Batty BA (Hons), MA

Senior Lecturer of Interior Architecture & Design, and Level 4 Lead, Collaborative Course Leader at INTI, Malaysia


Steven Batty trained as an Interior Designer at Manchester Metropolitan University under Author and Interior Educator founder Graeme Brooker; whose design writing and thinking has been a major influence on him throughout his career.

He is interested in the Future of Interiors, and has written a chapter within the book: Design Futures ‘A Textural Interface: A Design Fiction’ (Brooker, Harris, Walker, 2019), and runs two speculative design briefs on the Interior Architecture and Design Course; both in Level 4, and Level 6.

His drawings have featured in publications such as The Visual dictionary of Interior Architecture and Design, (Coates, Brooker, Stone, 2008).


Before moving into Academia I lived and worked in Dubai as an Interior Designer throughout the Gulf region; working on projects such as: Dubai Mall, The Palm Jumeriah, and Dubai Marina.

Returning to the UK in 2009, I am now a Senior Lecturer and Level 4 Lead on the Interior Architecture and Design course at Sheffield Hallam University. I am also the Collaborative Course Leader at the INTI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have also taught on the Foundation Programme, and MA / MFA Design courses at SHU.

I am an advocate for pushing the boundaries of design drawing, methodologies, and presentation, and support my students with hand drawing methods and digital creations throughout the ‘Skills’ workshops in Level 4.

I am interested in materiality and wayfinding strategies within the built environment, and completed my MA in Design; looking at intuitive navigational methods through nomenclature, semiotics, and inclusivity design.

Alongside my colleague, Sally Billau, I have run the ‘CoLAB’ Collaborative Design Project for over 10 years, which in 2023 involved over 160 students working on 16 live client briefs in a short two-week design project; culminating in a public exhibition. Also, in 2023, my students from INTI, Malaysia, worked with SHU Students on a ‘rolling’ design project, and due to the time differences meant that the students in those international teams could produce work almost 24hrs a day.


Subject area

Interior Design


Interior Architecture and Design


Level 4: ID Space, Form & Architecture
Level 4: ID People & Place
Level 6: Interior Architecture and Design 


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:


Batty, S. (2016). Emergency Evacuation Wayfinding Strategies.

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