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Jennifer Archer-Martin


School of Design

Jen Archer-Martin is an early career academic, Spatial Design lecturer and emerging researcher. Prior to returning to academia in 2012, her spatial design practice traversed the fields of retail, hospitality, performance, event and exhibition design, as well as residential interior design and architecture. Jen completed a Master of Design degree at Massey University in 2005, following a BDes(Hons) in Spatial (then Interior) Design in 2003. Her current research operates at the intersections of human/social/community health/wellbeing and environmental health/wellbeing, recognising that these ecologies are interconnected and interdependent, and seeking to facilitate this interconnected wellbeing through the built and experienced environment.

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Spatial Design / Interior Design / Performance Design / Architectural Design
  • Design for Wellbeing
  • Philosophies of Design, including Comparative / Cross-Cultural Philosophy
  • Design Pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary / Transdisciplinary Design Theory and Practice (including Design Thinking)
  • Design in relation to Social and Environmental Ecosystems (Sustainability, Resilience, Community, Wellbeing)
  • Studies of Place (Learning Place, Specificity, Local, (Human) Geography)
  • Studies of Space, Time & Event


21st Century Citizenship, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Architectural Design (120101): Architectural History and Theory (120103): Architecture (120100): Built Environment And Design (120000):
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201): Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000):
Interior Design (120106):
Performance and Installation Art (190504): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000): Visual Arts and Crafts (190500)

Research Outputs


Archer, JL., Trubridge, S., Morgan, S., Nortje, J., Simpson, A., & Goldthorpe, D. (2014). Manifesto for a Performance Community.
[Internet publication]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.


Preston, J., & Archer-Martin, J. (2017). Performing Bitumen, Materialising Desire. In M. Voyatzaki (Ed.) Architectural Materialisms: Nonhuman Creativity. : Edinburgh University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.

Creative Work

Archer-Martin, JL. (2017). taking note(s) _ performing care. (performative reading/writing, mixed recording/documenting media, online content) taking note(s) _ performing care: Wellington, New Zealand
[Performance]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Preston, J., & Archer-Martin, J. (2015). "bit-u-men-at-work". (durational performance) "bit-u-men-at-work": Performance Mobilities, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne AUS
[Performance]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Preston, J.
Archer, J., Rollandi, M., & 224.357 students, . (2015, May 29). Whitiwhiti Korero: A Place to Practise. Te Whare Pukaka, Massey University, Wellington.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.Edited by: Archer-Martin, J.
Archer, JL., & Walker, K. (2015). 'Arcade Architecture' Design for The Performance Arcade 2015.
[Design]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Preston, J., & Archer, J. (2015) "bit-u-men-at-work" [performance] at PSI: Fluid States Performing Mobilities. [Exhibition] Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne, AUS
[Artwork]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
McQuillan, HL., Archer, JL., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, K., Bailey, ., Menzies, G., . . . O'Hara, . (2015, May 1). Make/Use Exhibition. (No. of Pieces: 9 garments, 6 flats, digital prints, screen prints, 1 website, 1 catalogue/publication, exhibition design, modular furniture parts, Film and cognitive tools.) Object Space.
[Exhibition]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J., Bailey, J., Fox Derwin, E., Kane, K., McQuillan, H., O'Hara, W.
Archer, JL., Fox Derwin, EL., Donaldson, A., Pelosi, A., Kapica, N., & Whitty, J. (2014). Exposure exhibition design.
[Design]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Archer, JL. (2014). 'Arcade Architecture' Design for The Performance Arcade 2014.
[Design]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Archer, JL. (2013). 'Arcade Architecture' Design for The Performance Arcade 2013.
[Design]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Archer, JL., Kapica, N., Pelosi, A., & Donaldson, A. (2012). Exposure exhibition design.
[Design]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.


Archer, JL. (2005). Becoming-Interior: Toward a Nondual Philosophy of Design for Dwelling-in-the-World. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.


Archer, JL., & Walker, K. (2015, February). Invited oral presentation at Art Talk #4, in The Performance Arcade 2015 Art Talk series.. In Public. Presented at Bolton Hotel.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.
Archer, JL. (2014, June). #newstudio oral presentation.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Archer-Martin, J.

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links


  • 13 Jul 2015 - Radio
    "Ethics in fashion" Interview on Radio New Zealand
    Radio New Zealands "Standing Room Only" show interviewed Holly McQuillan just prior to the opening of Make/Use.
  • 01 Mar 2013 - Magazine
    Walking the Talk
    Student work featured in FishHead Magazine, Issue 23, March 2013, pp. 38-41
  • 01 Mar 2013 - Magazine
    Wired for the future
    Student work featured in Good Magazine, No. 29, Mar - Apr 2013, p.13

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