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Industry Insights: Storytelling Through Design

Explore the role of storytelling in design, in a day event especially for university students.

What to expect

Discover how designers and architects tell stories through spatial environments. Whether designing a building, place-making, creating an exhibition or graphic installation, the ability to narrate and communicate with audiences is an increasingly important tool for architects and designers.

Coinciding with the Design Museum’s exhibition David Adjaye: Making Memory, this event brings together emerging and leading practitioners for a series of interactive talks and presentations. They will share their insights and recent projects, highlighting tools and techniques for folding stories onto space.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit David Adjaye: Making Memory during the day. This event is developed in collaboration with the MA Narrative Environments course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

Industry Insights is a talks series for university students which encourages knowledge sharing and networking.

Booking information

Adult: £10
Student/concession: £5
Ticket price includes exhibition entry to David Adjaye: Making Memory


Alex Newson

Alex Newson is Senior Curator at the Design Museum and the curator of David Adjaye: Making Memory. He has curated numerous exhibitions at the museum, including leading the curatorial team that developed Designer Maker User, the Design Museum’s permanent gallery. He writes for a range of publications on topics from design to museum theory.

Carolina Caicedo

Carolina Caicedo is co-founding member of The Decorators, a multi-disciplinary design practice that aims to reconnect the physical elements of a place with its social dimension. They work with local communities, celebrating local assets and building collective projects that strengthen the identity of particular places. Carolina holds a BSc in Psychology and an MA in Narrative Environments.

Chloé Morris

Chloé Morris founded Edible Stories in 2012 to create playful food and drink events that stimulate all of the senses. Having lived and worked internationally, her inspiration is drawn from the people she’s met, the places she’s been, and the food that she’s eaten along the way. She is a fellow of the Future of Storytelling (FOST) and has delivered numerous presentations to industry, including appearing as the keynote speaker at the International Food Design Conference in New Zealand, Presenting the Nominees dinner for the Baftas and curating a series of talks for the Soho House group.

Nele Vos

Nele Vos is a multidisciplinary designer combining her expertise in communication design with its built environment through storytelling. Since 2008 she has been crafting exhibition design concepts, visual identities, information graphics, campaigns and self-initiated projects for art institutions, public spaces, non-profits and brands alike. Nele currently shares her time between commissions, collaborations and self-initiated projects in Berlin and abroad.

Thomas Aquilina

Thomas Aquilina is an architectural designer, urban researcher and itinerant academic. He has worked for Adjaye Associates since 2017 and recently coordinated the exhibition David Adjaye—Making Memory at the Design Museum. Last year, he was nominated through the RIBA as one of the Next Generation of Black Architects.


Tricia Austin

Tricia Austin is an academic and design researcher. She is the Course Leader of MA Narrative Environments in the Spatial Practices Programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She has lectured in Europe, Asia and Latin America and led a number of creative projects with universities and governmental organizations across the world.

Related exhibition

David Adjaye: Making Memory

Experience the storytelling power of architecture through an exploration of seven monumental projects from celebrated architect Sir David Adjaye OBE.

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Suitable for students studying a range of creative subjects at BA or MA level, Industry Insights events offer the chance to network with peers from across the country, and across discipline and subject areas to explore issues and implications for their practices.