Nancy Bakopoulou

An innovative and influential University Lecturer and HE Course Leader with an MDes in Interior Architecture and extensive commercial experience within the architectural and interior design sector

With the drive, determination and desire to make a difference to young people’s lives through education working collaboratively with academic stakeholders to develop and delivery academic strategies while facilitating student academic, social and emotional development.

Utilising multiple presentation, technological and teaching methodologies to optimise student interaction, understanding and knowledge retention.

Developing trust based relationships and delivering constructive feedback to support ongoing understanding and drive academic improvements. Adaptable, resilient and highly motivated with a strong work ethic and equally as comfortable working independently as in a team to achieve outstanding academic results.


Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) 2014 – Present Roles:

2018 – Present: Promoted to Course Leader UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
2016 – 2018: Support Co-ordinator UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
2014 – Present: Lecturer Interior Design and Architectural Design FE and HE
University Arts London – Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 and Level 4
University Arts London FE (Further Education) and Kingston/Falmouth HE (Higher Education) including pre-Master’s and Master’s courses in Interior and Architectural Design, Interior Design, Lighting Design, Architectural Design, Retail Design, Landscape Design and Live Client Projects.
Promoted to Course Leader for the UAL Foundation Course and completely restructured the programme including the development of a new curriculum, associated paperwork and course delivery methodologies; received commendation from external moderators for the successful implementation of the new FAD Diploma.
Successfully promoted the CSVPA in China attending a range of academic venues.
Creating and delivering course presentations for September and January inset days.
Key Responsibilities:
Motivational leadership of the FAD team of 9+ members empowering colleagues through coaching and mentoring to achieve outstanding academic results.
Demonstrating an innovative teaching style utilising multiple teaching techniques and technology to inspire and optimise student engagement while driving an understanding of real world experience and application.
Planning structured learning programmes in line with learning objectives, frameworks, academic and course module requirements incorporating assignments and projects to measure student success and knowledge retention.
Developing and disseminating annual academic calendars, SOW and paperwork across the 9 topics including across the course.
Orchestrating the rotational timetabling system incorporating FAD, assessments, education trips, internal assessments and external moderations.
Continually reviewing individual student progress and providing constructive student feedback to encourage questioning, self-development and an inquisitive approach.
Designing and delivering informative and engaging lectures to provide peer interaction and development opportunities and optimising alternative approaches to aid progress.
Supporting students during their studies providing mentoring, advice and pastoral care.
Accommodating multiple abilities and diverse learning styles including SEN and optimising alternative teaching approaches to aid progress.
Ensuring ongoing compliance and adherence to all academic regulations and legislative requirements including safeguarding and appropriate safety controls.
Developing excellent stakeholder relationships with academic contacts to drive a cohesive course delivery approach.
Demonstrating exceptional communication skills for lecturing, student support and guidance, management requirements and dealing with people from all walks of life.
Working with key stakeholders to contribute to and drive curriculum developments within the programme and conducting course leadership duties.
Completing all required course and academic administration in line with university/college protocols and guidelines.


Tutor – Interior Design 09/2012 – 08/2014 / National Design Academy, Nottingham

Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Retail Design (L4).
Delivered Interior Design courses via online distance learning across all levels (L4, L6, L7)with degrees awarded by Staffordshire University.
Received recognition and positive student feedback for outstanding teaching.
Supported a portfolio of 170+ international students of varied ages, backgrounds and capabilities
Facilitated course development including content, materials and SOW (Schemes of Work).
Devised impartial and objective monitoring and assessment tools to provide informative feedback to enable student development and growth.
Authored student and academic team help guides for course content and delivery.
Active participant in student advisory meetings and award board sessions.

BA Assistant Tutor 09/2011 – 05/2012 Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland

Responsible for delivering 1st and 3rd year tutoring for Interior Architectural design programmes including 3D Studio Max, InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Nominated in 2012 for the Teaching Excellence Awards by the University Student Association.
Worked with and supported the Module Leader with test and examination preparation and student assessments.
Devised student audio and visual help-guides.
Ensured all tutoring completed in line with regulatory and university policies and procedures.


Founder and Lead Designer 2009 – Present 4Design Studio

Founder of the 4 Design Studio and established the business after identifying a gap in the design market in Greece.

Delivering interior design consultations and working collaboratively with architectural firms to support the realisation of client visions.

Accountable for the successful delivery of varying sized projects from concept design through to final client signoff.

Liaising with clients to understand their objectives and end goals utilising active listening skills and interviewing techniques to establish their likes, dislikes and overall requirements.

Developing and presenting interior design concepts including concept boards, sample boards and mood boards.

Researching, sourcing and securing materials for all project elements including bespoke furniture, upholstery and decorations.

Working with third party suppliers, contractors, structural engineers and building inspectors to ensure all project elements completed in line with technical and creative
specifications while adhering to regulatory and legislative protocols.

Providing project progress updates to clients in line with agreed timeframes and presenting completed projects for final client signoff.

Predominately working in Greece, India and England delivering complete design solutions. Creative Director, Triaina SA, Greece

Architectural Designer, Interior Designer, 3D Visualiser Designer, Okta SA, Greece

Architectural Designer, Interior Designer, 3D Visualiser


2014: PGCHPE – Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education Staffordshire University accredited by SEDA
2013: PTLLS – Prepare to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector City and Guilds
2011 – 2012: MDes in Interior Architecture Edinburgh Napier University
2001: BA (Hons) Industrial Design University of Teeside