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, where she is course coordinator for third year studies.
Gina teaches across all stages of the under-graduate programme, and is currently course coordinator for year three. This role sees her author new project briefs and support materials for the cohort, and alongside the rest of the Interiors team, Gina is working on new developments to the overall curriculum and course content.
In addition Gina has currently accepted a new role as the external examiner for both the BA Hons Interior Design and BA Hons Design courses, at the University of Salford.
Research interests include - Materials & Materiality: Scale: Drawing: The drawing process: Design Process.
Ginas 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.
As part of the ECA LINES research group, Gina presented her work, 'Material Intervention, A Virtual Representation of Material Reality', at the seminar, 'Unplugged Lines: Narrative in Practice', in June 2017, where fellow group members disseminated their current practice and research interests to one another, and invited guests. A short publication to follow.