Session #4 Design Abroad – British Council – Architecture Design Fashion

How important is it for designers and architects to experience a different environment or cultural context? Can being exposed to a different design community have an impact on their practice, influence their design methodologies and stir their creative instinct? Designers who have recently participated in British Council residencies reflect on their experiences overseas and explore how these opportunities have influenced their practices. The session will be followed by a panel discussion and will also provide an opportunity for designers wishing to apply for residencies run by the British Council’s Architecture Design Fashion department in various countries including Brazil, Iceland and Morocco.


Section host:

Gian Luca Amadei

Programme Manager Architecture Design fashion – British Council

Gian Luca Amadei joined the ADF team as Programme Manager and has since been working on the development of design expertise across his designated regions, Europe and Wider Europe. Gian Luca’s primary interest is in design, its history, material innovation and the relationship between technology and industry. His curiosity for design process deepened when he struck up a collaboration with Blueprint magazine in 2007, first as European Correspondent and then as Products Editor. Gian Luca consolidated this experience as author of Discovering Women in Polish Design: Interviews & Conversations (Adam Mickiewicz Institute, 2009). An advocate of life-long learning, he also tutors on the MA in Curating Contemporary Design Kingston University / Design Museum.


Speakers include:

Tzortzis Rallis

Graphic designer

Tzortzis Rallis is a graphic designer based in London. He studied graphic design and fine arts in Greece, Spain and UK. After finishing his Master’s studies in London, he has been working as a freelance designer. In his personal practice, he uses visual communication to engage in social and political initiatives. He supports grassroots collectives in Greece, he is a co-designer of The Occupied Times of London and co-founder of the Occupy Design UK.

Tzortzis is currently a PhD student at the London College of Communication, undertaking a practice-led research on modern agitational graphics.


Jane Hall

Architect / Assemble

Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work. For more information please use the contact details below.


Holly Jayne Smith
Fashion designer

Holly Jayne Smith’s Collection take their inspiration from people in human nature. She has an interest in human psycology within social environs, specifically related to how an individuals’s descision making is influenced by their immediate surroundings and shaped by pre-conceived ideas.

These themes are conveyed within highly coloured, adapted sportswear silhouettes that overpower the body. Intricate panelling, Cut-outs and light-hearted details are combined with a free use of intense yet harmonious colour pallets and print design to create her signature aesthetic.



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