Job title: Lecturer, Interior Design

Role: Programme Convenor UG Learning and Teaching

Tel: +44 131 651 5729

Email: gina.leith@ed.ac.uk

Office address: 2.09, Evolution House

Contact time: Tuesday, 9am - 5pm; Wednesday 9am - 5pm; Thursday, 9am - 1pm

Research outputs: Gina Leith on Edinburgh Research Explorer

​Gina Leith is an Interior Designer, with extensive professional experience throughout the UK & Eire, on all aspects of commercial practice and project delivery.

Gina studied Interior Design at Glasgow School of Art, before continuing her studies at Brighton University, receiving a Post-graduate Diploma and Masters Degree in 1999.

Recent completed projects include The Irish Whiskey Academy, at Midleton in Eire, for Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard. The scope of the project involved the restoration and refurbishment of a listed building on an existing distillery site, to provide a unique educational VIP visitor experience. This project reimagines the Interior as a narrative device, which allows users to be immersed within and educated about the clients’ product portfolio, and the (Whiskey) manufacturing process. The visitor graduates through a series of carefully detailed stage sets, which facilitate storytelling within each space.

Gina has worked across a diverse variety of sectors, specialising in the Drinks, Leisure & Hospitality industry, including Brand Homes & Visitor Experiences.

Gina has taught at both Masters and Under-graduate level, at several Scottish institutions, including Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, and in addition has delivered online teaching for The Interactive Design Institute. Gina currently teaches Interior Design at ECA, across the undergraduate programme, where she is course organiser for third year studies. In 2018 Gina also took up a Design school role as a Programme Convenor of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching, supporting the Undergraduate Director.

Gina teaches across the undergraduate programme, and is currently course organiser for year three. This role sees her manage the course content, academic calendar and assessment criteria, supporting the students throughout the year. In addition, Gina has developed a new cross-school elective supporting her research themes, which allows students to explore materials and design through making. 

Gina is currently the external examiner for the BA Hons Interior Design & BA Hons Design course at Salford University.

​Research interests include - Materials & Materiality: Scale: Drawing: The drawing process: Design Process.

Gina's current research project is investigating the material landscape of Interior Design, reviewing design process and outcomes, through the understanding and use of internal construction materials.

Gina is a core active member of the interdisciplinary research group, Lines, and presented her work, 'Material Intervention, A Virtual Representation of Material Reality', at the symposium, 'Unplugged Lines: Narrative in Practice', in June 2017; where fellow group members disseminated their current practice and research interest to an invited audience.

In June 2018, Gina presented and exhibited her artefact ‘Material Intervention: MANIFEST’, at the 4th RAI Conference at the British Museum. As an interactive display of material understanding, made manifest, through a collection of individually constructed material portraits.