Abi Cotgrove



Abi Cotgrove

Designer, Art Director, Part 2 Architect and University Lecturer

Current Location

London, UK

Abi is available for work

My architectural training and experience in many customer/client facing roles, makes me an effective problem solver, an efficient worker, and a creative, ambitious individual who also values developing and nurturing relationships with others.

I thoroughly enjoy every stage of the design process; from exploring concepts and narratives, to design development and finally the detailing and fabrication where the project becomes realised. However, the opportunity for experimenting with new and innovative approaches to design is something I continuously seek out and is the realm within which I truly thrive.

My interests extend beyond architecture and include fashion and graphic design, music, and writing. In recent years I have developed a keen interest and passion for gender politics and the impact of body variation on architectural and fashion design. I am currently conducting research on these topics, with plans to publish in the near future.

  • Brands Abi has worked with
    • Burberry
    • Nottingham Trent University, Interior Architecture and Design Department
    • The Lord Stanley Pub
    • Nottingham University
    • Wilkinson Eyre Architects
  • Abi's past titles
    • Womenswear Designer
    • Graphic Designer
    • Student Tutor
    • Bartender
    • Guest Lecturer
    • Architectural Assistant
Work Preference
Location Preference

To be discussed

Work Pattern

Open to Full time or Part time work

Employment Preference
  • Freelance Assignments
  • Hourly Consulting
  • Permanent Positions

Mid-weight Designer


Nov 2022 - Now

• Working on luxury commercial projects within the architecture and beauty departments ranging from store designs to festive campaigns.
•Covering all stages from concept creation to final design, as ...

Designer, Art Director, Graphic Designer


Nov 2021 - Now

•PLAYBODY is an independent experimental design practice founded by myself and several colleagues from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
•The current project explores the intimate relationship betw...

Studio Tutor and Lecturer

Nottingham Trent University, Interior Architecture and Design Department

Sep 2021 - Now

Exchanging ideas with students and assisting them in realising their designs and progressing their projects.

Supervisor and bartender

The Lord Stanley Pub

Jun 2021 - Jan 2022

•Managing a full team and the operation of the pub during busy periods.
•I was promoted to this role quickly, allowing me to promptly become confident in a management position as well as skilled in c...

Guest Critic and Tutor

Nottingham University

Jan 2019 - Jan 2021

•I maintain strong relationships with many of the tutors and ex-students from unit 4B of which I was a student during my undergraduate degree, having had the opportunity of being invited back for crit...

  • Design


  • Architectural Design


  • Animation


  • Architectural Details


  • Graphic Design


  • Fashion Design


  • Content Creation


  • Rendering




UCL Bartlett School of Architecture

Masters Degree


2019 to 2021

University of Nottingham

Bachelor Degree


2015 to 2018

Westcliff High School for Girls

GCSE to A-Level

2008 to 2015

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