Milligan, Andrew


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Andy is interested in place-based prototyping and in new domestechtopias that reflect our altered domestic, technological and utopian experiences of dwelling. He’s a regular contributor, co-editor/author of GIDE Group for International Design Education publications including ‘CampUS’, (2017); ‘Design Feeds the Planet’, (2015); ‘Design in Action / Celebration’, (2014); ‘Creativity for Local Enterprises’ (2012), ‘Exhibit’ (2011) and ‘Design for Innovative Communities’ (2010). In 2015, he gained ‘Festival of Architecture’ funding and devised a brief to bring students together with local primary and High school pupils and teachers to explore responses to the city – delivered in 2016, and was an invited panel member for the British Council’s ‘What’s the Future of Domestic Life’ with Creative Dundee, Architecture Fringe and Sumi Bose of the UK Architecture Pavilion, Venice Biennale in (2016). He presented ‘Sets in the City’ at Test Unit’s ‘Art, Architecture, Design & the City’ event as part of Agile Cities workshops, Glasgow, (2016) focusing on pedagogy and Rebar’s PARK[ing] Day manifesto and urban interventions - which he delivered in Dundee over a three year period. He’s been an invited expert at AHRC focus groups including ‘Antimicrobial Resistance in Indoor Environments’, (2016); ‘Proto Publics Social Design Sprint’, Lancaster University, (2015), and ‘Connected Communities & Design Summit & Showcase’, Edinburgh, (2013).  In 2005/06, he initiated, and co-founded, IFS, Interiors Forum Scotland with interior research colleagues from The Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art [University of Edinburgh], Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Glasgow City College. He co-organised two international Interior conferences at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, (2007) and in Edinburgh College of Art, (2008) and is co-editor of two publications, ‘Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interior Theory and Practice’ (2011), and ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’, (2007).  He’s currently developing a third conference for 2017-18 on the theme of ‘Prototyping Place’ with IE Interior Educators, UK a consortium of 52 interior degree programmes of which he is one of the originating schools.  He’s published widely including in the ‘Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design’ (2013) edited by Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal;  and has contributed to international review panels, including IDEA ‘Urban + Interior’ Journal 2015. Published journal articles include contributions to the International Journal of Co-Design (Special Edition); the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association IDEA Journal in Australia and New Zealand; the International Journal of Construction Education and Research, IJCER (Special Edition), and for the Building Services Engineering Research & Technology Journal.  He’s contributed to both the 2008 RAE Research Assessment Exercise and the 2014 REF Research Excellence Framework and has brought a spatial perspective to transdisciplinary UK funded research including: ‘FLEX Flexible Dwellings for Extended Living’ - exploring adaptable living for future elderly generations with Northern Architecture and University of Northumbria; on urban green spaces as part of ‘SPARKS: Social Parks Urban Green-Space as a Focus for Connecting Communities’ with Universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen, West of England and Abertay [Dundee]). Both AHRC Connected Communities, Culture and Design themes. In ‘Building Banter’ / The Energy Project- an Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Technology Strategy Board  project, he was a member of the team responding to the ‘User Centred Design & Energy Efficiency in Non–Domestic Buildings’ with colleagues from UCL/The Bartlett and Universities of Southampton, Leeds and industry partners ARUP, Moixa, Vitamins and manufacturers, Federal Mogul which sought to improve energy efficiency in the workplace through behaviour change and user engagement. Andy was also an invited higher eduation member of the Artworks TRiGGER research team ‘Developing Practice in Participatory Settings’ project linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AHRC and Creativity Culture & Education. 


Andy is a senior lecturer, educator and spatial researcher who has taught at creative institutions in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee and is now Programme Director for the BDes (Hons) Interior & Environmental Design programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. He is an RSA and Higher Education Academy Fellow and a past member of the Chartered Society of Designers and has been an academic External Examiner / Reviewer at undergraduate and masters programmes in Italy, Singapore, Greece and in the UK. In addition to leading the Interior’s programme, he’s contributed to MSc Product, Animation, Design for Services. amongst others and is a PhD second supervisor. He leads Level 1 modules across Interiors, Digital Interaction Design and Product Design programmes within the Social Digital Academic Group, leads Level 2 & 3 Design & Craft modules shared between Interiors, Jewellery and Textiles departments, and has, since 2011/12, led the international Border Crossings collaboration with partners in USA, Slovenia, Netherlands and other nations. Since 2009, he’s been the Scottish international coordinator for GIDE, Group for International Design Education, an EU higher education network of eight institutions including Swiss and Chinese academies and leading EU schools such as Politecnico di Milano. GIDE collaborates annually through large scale socially focused design workshops, exhibitions, conferences and research publications bringing students into contact with researchers, local industry and community & cultural organisations in an EU host city. In 2012 he led the pilot Summer School between DJCAD Interiors, Oklahoma and Shanghai interior departments exploring the Mobile Museum with the support of the V&A. Over a three-year period, Andy also worked as a designer in the community for the Engineering Development Trust [EDT] and their Go4SET initiative for regional high school’s bringing design thinking and sustainability into the classroom and the S2 curriculum. Prior to entering higher education, Andy worked in a commercial capacity for the RIAS, Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland, and as a Chartered interior designer (CSD) for award winning Architecture practice Nicoll Russell Studios, where he was an RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal team member. He has exhibited work in the Czech Republic, Canada, Germany, Finland and the UK.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • NA Architecture
  • Urban Green Space
  • Behaviour Change
  • Design Pedagogy
  • Interior Theory
  • Domesticity


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  • New Boundaries

    Milligan, A., 10 Jun 2024.

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  • Twinning: Solid beech sculpture

    Milligan, A., 2022

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  • Interior Resistance

    Adams, R., Milligan, A. & Simpkins, N., Mar 2021, Journal of Interior Design, 46, 1, p. 11-25 15 p.

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  • Dooring: Experiential Boundaries

    Milligan, A., Adams, R. & Simpkins UCLAN, N. B., 18 Dec 2020, AMPS Proceedings Series 18.1. : Experiential Design – Rethinking relations between people, objects and environments. Florida State University, USA. 16 – 17 January (2020). McLane, Y. & Pable, J. (eds.). AMPS C.I.O., Vol. 18.1. p. 116-123 8 p. (AMPS Proceedings Series; vol. 18.1).

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