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Jennifer Archer-Martin MDes, BDes(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

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.



  • Master of Design - Massey University (2006)
  • Bachelor of Design (Honours) - Massey University (2004)

Prizes and Awards

  • Make/Use won the Open Source use in the Arts at the New Zealand Open Source Awards 2016. See - New Zealand Open Source Awards (2016)
  • Make/Use won a Bronze Best Design Award in the Exhibition & Temporary Structures category at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards 2016. See - Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) (2016)

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)

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

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