Lara Furniss

Doctoral Researcher, Birmingham City University


Research Interests

Lara’s research interests have emerged directly from her art and design practice, as well as her current experience as an academic within Higher Education, and explore design practice, process and pedagogy. Education includes a BA(Hons) Interior Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lara is a lecturer (Design for Performance) and researcher within the School of Visual Communication at Birmingham City University.

Lara has twenty years professional experience working across many art and design disciplines. Studios include Imagination, Event Communications and DEGW Architects. Clients include The Imperial War Museum, V&A Museum, The Field Museum (Chicago), Eureka! Children’s Museum, Ten Chimneys Foundation (Wisconsin), Ericsson, Barclays, BBC, Coca Cola, Schweppes and Grosvenor Estate Holdings. Award-winning projects include: ‘The Half - Photographs of Actors by Simon Annand’ for The Theatre Museum (V&A Museum) awarded ‘Best Exhibition on a Limited Budget’ at the Museums & Heritage Awards in 2006, and ‘Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne: A Life on Stage’ at the Ten Chimneys Foundation, Wisconsin. Alongside this commercial design work, Lara has designed over 20 theatre productions. Theatres include The Performing Garage, New York and The Gate, London.

Research Projects

Beyond Discipline


Contact Details

Ph.D. Candidates