Colin Lorne

Colin Lorne

Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Exploring the Multi-Sensory Design of Interior Spaces

Supervisors: Dr Phil Jones, Dr Oleg Golubchikov, Joe Holyoak (Architect and Urban Designer)

Colin is undertaking doctoral research into issues of multi-sensory, spatial and temporal design influencing social practice and experience within interior spaces. His research investigates concerns within geography and architecture that the built environment has become biased towards the visual realm leading to a lack of critical attention towards the multi-sensory experiences of buildings. His research uses innovative mobile sensory methodologies with building users as well as more conventional interview techniques with professionals involved in the design of interior spaces.


Colin graduated from University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours MSci Degree in Geography in 2011.


Colin is from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Whilst undertaking M-Level study, his research has focused upon design and the built environment and how people explore, understand and adapt it. Master’s research explored embedding artistic imagination into urban design providing participants with a Polaroid instant camera to frame and discuss their ideas. The visual and verbal output from this research was used to contribute towards two exhibition/community consultation projects in Kidderminster working in collaboration with MADE (an architecture and built environment centre in the West Midlands) and the Wyre Forest Council.


Main research interests include urban design and regeneration, interior design of buildings and innovative mobile methodologies. An ongoing diary of his doctoral research can be found at

Research group

Society, economy and environment

Other activities

Colin has chaired an inter-disciplinary debate involving academics, local politicians and community members organized by the geography society.

He likes playing the guitar and electric organ and tries to explore cities by bicycle as much as possible.


Lorne, C. (2011) Embedding Artistic Imagination into Urban Design: Exploring with a Polaroid Camera, M-Level Research Paper, Unpublished

Lorne, C. (2011) Measuring our Local Economic Impact: Moseley Community Development Trust, Research Project Report

Lorne, C.(2010) Mixed-Community, Spatial Order and Structuration Theory: A Milton Keynes Neighbourhood Study, Undergraduate Research Dissertation, Unpublished