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Mrs Orit Sarfatti

BA Economics & Management ,BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, MA Interior Design, PCGHE

Lecturer in Architecture

School of Architecture

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Orit Sarfatti

Phone number: 01865-482846


Location: School of Architecture, Gypsy Lane, Headington, Oxford

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Design Unit leader in Interior Architecture (Year 2)

Interior Architecture Alumni Coordinator.

Module Leader U30050 Interior Architecture 1

Module leader U30051 Interior Architecture 2

Tutor in U30024 (City ,Culture and Society)

Tutor in U30006 (Architecture and Society)

Dissertation supervisor U30099.


Orit is interested in the human and the social factors in the design process. Orit sees an important role for the community in the design process as a form of ‘civil power’, one, which a designer should be aware of and support. The Interior Architecture programme in which Orit is involved, puts a great emphasise on the relation between the user and the space he inhabits in order to enhance the user’s experience, both as individual and as a member of a community.

As part of her teaching methodology Orit runs an annual Live project with the Interior Architecture Second Year students which involves local communities in Oxford. These projects enable both students and the local communities to aspire and understand the difference architecture could have on people’s quality of lives.

 In 2015/16 Orit run a successful project in a local dilapidated community pavilion in North Hiknsey, Oxford:

Currently undertaking MPhil/ PhD titled: Communal Child Rearing on the Israeli Kibbutz between the

years 1920-1960: a Case Study Approach to the Study of Relations between Built Environment and


Research group membership

Place, Culture & Identity Group, Oxford Brookes University

Research grants and awards

ISA Travel award, 2017- Research visit to Israel

Research projects

Designing the Experience / The Experience of Design (2017 onwards): 

Multidisciplinary Research Group involving members from four other universities (University of Surrey, UWE, Bournemouth University and UCL). The research includes distinctive analysis of the role of design beyond the physical presence of a building, and the evaluation of the flexible spatial boundaries that affect and determine people’s experience, the group includes academics and professional from Environmental psychology, Neuroscience, product design, Interior design and architecture. The group collaborate with the Maggie Centres as a platform for a case study.


Other publications

  • Sarfatti O, 'Communal Child Rearing on the Israeli Kibbutz between the years 1920-1960: a Case Study Approach to the study of Relations between Built Environment and Ideologies'
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  • Sarfatti, O; Placidi, A, 'Live Project: Louie Memorial Community Pavilion in Botely, Oxford'
    Interior Architecture students at Oxford Brookes University in their second year participate in a ‘live project’ that has social emphasis. It is part of their design curriculum. In the following case, students were asked to expand and redesign an existing dilapidated community pavilion in Botley (Oxford) in collaboration with the local community and trustees.

    The Louie Memorial Pavilion has become over the last five years a lively community hub hosting many activities. Regardless of its poor physical conditions it seems that there has been an increase in local initiatives for activities that take place under its roof. Strong community spirit rather than the building performance, is the driving force. The aim of the ‘live project’ was to propose a series of functioning yet inspiring designs to accommodate the current activities and future potential whilst conveying the community ethos; it was also to provide leverage for a renovation campaign for the pavilion. The students’ proposals were presented to the public at an exhibition on-site and was reported by the local press. The captivating images were instrumental for the trustees to approach the parish council. It now supports the campaign and has initiated a fundraising process.

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  • Sarfatti, O; Placidi, A; Hart, C, 'Live project; Redesigning Botley Primary School canteen'
    Year 2 Interior Architecture students provided a series of 20 differnet design outputs following a 13 weeks design project. The project setting allowed the students to meet and ineract with the various current (anf future) users to enable them to come up with a design programme for the very old canteen building which currntly isn't sufficient  host the amount of pupils it serves. ()
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