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Research interests

Elisa's interests lie in researching on the fields of Design/Architecture/Urbanism, addressing space and inhabitation at different scales.

Her research focuses on developing critical understandings and approaches for the design of spaces, in particular by questioning what an interior space is and which roles it covers in the ever-changing spatial landscape we live in.

Elisa has carried out research on the field of Interior (architecture and design), and its critical engagement with related fields of knowledge, for the understanding and design of contemporary urban scenarios, focusing in particular on the roles and values of the in-between urban spaces (interstitial, accidental, left-over spaces).

Supervisory Interests

Elisa welcomes PhD proposals that critically investigate new possible physical, temporal and relational qualities for the spaces we inhabit.

Scholarly biography

Elisa's background covers Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Architecture and she gained a PhD in Spatial Design in 2012 at the Doctorate School of Design, Politecnico di Milano (IT).

Elisa has taught in the Interior Architetcure (Ba) and Interior Design (Ma) courses at the School of Architetcure and Design, University of Brighton since 2013. Previously she has held a contract professor position in the Msc Interior Design at the School of Design, Politecnico di Milano (IT). Elisa has taught in a selection of european universities memebers of the GIDE group (Gruop of International Design Education).

Approach to teaching

As spatial designer and teacher, Elisa believes it is her responsibility to challenge and support the students in pursuit of learning goals such as being able to establish and articulate a critical position within the world we are living in, to learn how to develop a design process, and cultivate an interest and an understanding on contemporary issues and theories to inform design ideas and strategies.

To engage the students into the design process(es) Elisa adopts different approaches (provocations) which all are, in different ways, meant to generate a reaction in them (and among them).

Each project brief sets a scenario that wants to challenge the way we interpret and use public/urban spaces by questioning aspects of their physical/social/temporal relation with their context. This speculative action is carried out by engaging with the relevant community(ies) or through research-based analysis that informs the beginning of the design process (enquiry, investigation, exploration). Students are supported in the development of their critical position(s) and design proposals through debate/seminar sessions, review and peer review sessions and individual tutorials

A strong focus is given to develop and speculate on narratives (in the sense of aspects of inhabitation) along the different phases of a design process: site analysis, concept development, programme formation, design resolution and design resilience.

Education/Academic qualification


… → 2012

External positions

Contract Professor

… → 2013


  • NA Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Spatial Design
  • Urban Design

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Research Output 2012 2015

  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Web publication/site

Evolving Urban Spatialities (and species)

Lega, E., 1 Oct 2015, Emerging Practices: Inquiry into the Developing. Jin, M., Lou, Y. & Fassi, D. (eds.). Shanghai: Tongji University Press, p. 232-239

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter


Transnational Research Project ‘Design+Context’

Lega, E., 2014

Research output: Non-textual outputWeb publication/site

cultural heritage
research project

Spatial Design for new typologies of places: In-between urban spaces

Lega, E. & Piccinno, G., 2013, Space and Place: Diversity in Reality, Imagination and Representation. Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

post-industrial society
cultural geography
urban sprawl

Values of In-between urban spaces

Lega, E., 1 Oct 2012, Spatial design for in-between urban spaces. Piccinno, G. & Lega, E. (eds.). Milan, Italy: Maggioli Editore, p. 97-124 28 p. (Interior Design for Hospitable Cities).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter


Activities 2012 2017

9th Senses & Sensibility ‘17 International Conference Design Beyond Borders (Event)

Elisa Lega (Member)

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesPersonal board membership of professional/academic bodies

IGI Global (Publisher)

Elisa Lega (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Cumulus 2015: The Virtuous Circle. Design Culture and Experimentation (Event)

Elisa Lega (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Emerging Practices

Elisa Lega (Participant)
Oct 2014

Activity: EventsConference

Interpretations of the In-between

Elisa Lega (Presenter)
13 Feb 2014

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk