Bethan Kay ARB

Sessional Lecturer Design

Bethan studied architecture at University of Bath, before moving to London to undertake her MA at the Royal College of Art and completing her Part 3 at University of Westminster
She gained practical experience in both Denmark, working for Utzon Arkitekter and in London at AOC, where she worked on a wide range of projects in education, community, housing and installations. From BSF primary schools, to the award winning Nunhead community centre and Olympic Park pavilions.

In 2015 Bethan co-founded Projects Office; a cross-disciplinary architecture and design studio based in London. Working under the ethos of ‘fantastic pragmatism’, the studio embraces user engagement, storytelling and the use of narrative as a strategic tool to deliver coherent and compelling environments anchored in their unique social and cultural contexts. Their work is characterised by critical thinking, in-depth analysis and an enduring sense of fun. Recent projects include a growing body of work relating to mental health environments, including the ongoing art and research project Madlove, which formed part of the Wellcome Trust's 2016 'Bedlam’ exhibition and the interior of a new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Unit for the NHS in Edinburgh.

Before joining the UCA team, Bethan has been a visiting critic at a number of institutions including RCA and London Met and previously ran an MArch studio at the University of Newcastle.