My passion for design comes from being born into a family of four generations of architects, designers and musicians. Early on I developed a sensitivity for aesthetics and an understanding that spatial form is as much about the experience, the visual and the practical as it is about people. This implies taking responsibility for setting conditions which have a large impact on people’s lives as well as the environment. I like to engage students in dialogues to critically question the role of interior design in a social, cultural, political and environmental context.
We often engage in real-world scenarios and respond to some very large questions in often unconventional ways. Our studio debates often centre around how the discipline of interior design can fully address and understand the impact it has on people’s lives and the planet.
Petra started her career in architectural studies but quickly found herself gravitating towards the design aspects and completed studies in both interior design and urban design. This broader approach of understanding space helped her professional development by allowing her to engage with every facet of the design process.
In her fifteen years working as a design practitioner, Petra has been involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from master planning, interior design projects, client interaction, project management and project administration to detailing and construction.
In 2007 Petra joined QCA as a lecturer in interior design where she teaches into a number of foundation courses and studio majors. When she is not teaching, Petra is working on her research which is examining the role of interior design and interior design education as a key player in the constructed environment and the powerful position it occupies but largely fails to understand. Her interests explore making essential links between understanding the complexity interior design ontologically occupies and a predominantly non-reflective practice approach.