Staff profile

Barend Slabbert

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader Interior Design

Barend Slabbert


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Britannia Mill, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Interior Design programme. 

Originally from South Africa, I have taught both in Cape Town and London before joining the University of Derby in 2017. I specialised in exhibition and stage-set design, with a specific focus towards the re-adaptation of significant historical interiors to contemporary exhibition spaces. 

I also formed part of the design team for the 2015 World Expo in Milan in 2012.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach most of the design modules in the Interior Design course along with Visual Communication. 

I also teach professional communication and the development of a personal brand and portfolio in readiness for employment. 

Professional interests

I am interested in temporary and performance space and do enjoy going to exhibitions and design trade shows. I also have a passion for nature and any outdoor activity that comes with it. I believe that you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it and therefore are eager to try new things, from home DIY to acting in commercials.

Research interests

I am interested in the preservation of historical interior narratives, along with establishing new harmonious dialogues through innovative interventions. I also am passionate about performance space and the establishment of temporal-spatial narratives. 


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have worked for a number of years in the Stage-set and exhibition design industry in South Africa, along with freelance interior design work in the hospitality and retail sector.

International experience

I formed part of the design team for the 2015 World Expo in Milan, designing along with a team of other international designers many of the pavilions surrounding the Expo.

Recent publications

Published peer-reviewed conference proceedings