Rosie Scott

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Lecturer School of Architecture


Teaching in 2018

Qualifications & Affiliations

Bachelor of Design (Interior Design 1st class honours), RMIT University. Thesis title: Body Relations, 2007.

In progress: PhD (Architecture and Design), RMIT University. Research by practice, titled: Interior Painting: Painting Interior, completion estimated December 2019


Rosie is an interior designer, painter and academic based in Wellington, New Zealand. Rosie graduated from interior design at RMIT University in Melbourne in 2008, after which she combined working in commercial practice (at practices such as six degrees architects and geyer) alongside university teaching in interior design and architecture.

Rosie’s work is concerned interior practices such as watercolour, painting, composition and drawing, and in exploring the social and political contribution/implications of design and architecture. Rosie has exhibited work in Manorisms (2013 - for which she was both curator and contributor); the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects (2015) and the State of Design Festival (2009). Rosie has written about design and architecture for The Age, Dwell and Three Thousand.

Rosie has taught design studio courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in both architecture and interior architecture/interior design across a range of topics, such as: public toilet design and the city, exploring intersectional feminism in architecture practice, urban + interior explorations, colour, design for dementia, film + interior design, designing for residential care housing (for children in protective care), painting as interior practice and designing with nanotechnologies. Rosie also has experience teaching drawing and communication for design practice, including life drawing for interior design.

In 2016 Rosie returned to her home town of Wellington after living in Australia for 15 years. She is currently undertaking a practice based PhD at RMIT University entitled interior painting: painting interiors.

Research Interests

  • Expanded, experimental and socially engaged practice in interior design and architecture
  • Painting as an interior practice
  • Watercolour painting and drawing in design practice
  • Intersectional feminism in creative practice – motivations, methodologies and implications
  • Colour in design – materials, techniques and productions
  • Gender, domestic practices and interior design
  • Toilets (public and otherwise) – architectural, social and bodily relations
  • Interior design and architecture in popular culture and media
  • Urban + Interior design – cities, politics, power and design activism
  • Designing for children and young people
  • Designing for ageing and dementia


Conference Papers

Scott, R. 2018, ‘Interior Practice - Conditions, Forces, Gestures, Framings (or how to talk about how we do)’, paper presented at Interior: Inferior, In Theory?, Berlin, Germany, 2018.

Scott, R. 2018, ‘Interior Painting and the Production of Sensation’, paper presented at In[Arch] 2018: THE STORIES OF INTERIOR: Multiple Perspectives on Interiority, Jakarta, Indonesia 2018,

Scott, R. 2014, ‘Situation (Beyond): Watercolour as an Interior Practice of Care’, Situation: Symposium and Exhibition Proceedings, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 66-67.

RMIT University Internal Research Publication:

Scott, R. 2010, ‘The Interior Situation/Process’, in S Attiwill (ed.), Beyond Building, published by RMIT Interior Design, School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne.


Scott, R. 2012, ‘Party in the Back’, Dwell, vol.12. pp.38-44, (Published in San Francisco, U.S.A.)

Scott, R. 2009, ‘Peer Perspective’, Design Quarterly, vol.24. p6

Newspaper Articles - Architectural Criticism/Review:

Scott, R. 2011, ‘Drawing the outside in for patients’ well-being’, The Age, 1st July, p. 17,, R. 2011, ‘Redesign of our Retail Culture’

The Age, 26th April, p. 11,

Scott, R. 2011, ‘Rubble Offers Foundation for Architectural Renewal’, The Age, 14th March, p. 21,

Scott, R. 2011, ‘Rubble Offers Foundation for Architectural Renewal’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15th March, p. 13.

Published Art Work

Scott, R. 2014, ‘Wallpaper’, BITE ME, vol.1: The Butt Issue, May, p.6, p.99. (Published in Hong Kong) link:

Album Cover Art: Give up Your Dreams, The Phoenix Foundation, New Zealand 2015

Artwork by Rosie Scott, Graphic Design by Paul Johnson


Master's Supervision

Common Ground: Repurposing obsolete petrol stations as vibrant community spaces.
March(Prof) - Masters Architecture (Professional)
VUW, 2018-2019

CHAN, Janice
Pool as Piazza: Exploring the civic and social potential of an urban pool in WellingtonMarch(Prof) - Masters Architecture (Professional)
VUW, 2018-2019

Aging in the City: Developing a Better Housing Model  for Older Persons
March(Prof) - Masters Architecture (Professional)
VUW, 2018-2019

TREWIN, Jeanette
Creative Territories: Exploring Territorialisation in Shared Transient Spaces
MIA - Masters of Interior Architecture
VUW, 2017-2018

2084: The Fantasy Compact: Social Media and Urban Interior Tactics.MIA - Masters of Interior Architecture
VUW, 2017-2018

GILL, Gabrielle
The Hyphenated Zone MIA - Masters of Interior Architecture
VUW, 2017-2018


Teaching in 2018