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Giovanna Di Monte-Milner

Senior Lecturer In Interior Architecture & Design

I am the Academic Course Leader and Senior lecturer for Interior Architecture and Design BA (Hons).


I completed my Masters degree (Mint Prof) within the Department of Architecture, at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 2006. After completion of my studies, I worked for various architectural firms in South Africa, and an interior design firm in London, UK.

My research focuses on sustainable interior design, especially regenerative thinking and design. I also have research interests in the topics about HIV/AIDS curriculum integration; decoloniality in design education; and Guerrilla marketing in Interior Design.

I achieved a Green Star SA Accredited Professional – Interiors in 2014, a Living Future Accreditation (LFA) through the Living Building Institute in 2022.

Since 2013 I have taught and moderated at various universities and institutions across the globe:

  • South Africa (RSA): University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, DSSA, Inscape
  • England: University of Derby; University of Lincoln (External Examiner).


  • 1 year in Bachelor of Arts – Visual Studies, University of Pretoria, RSA 2001
  • Baccalaureus Scientiae in Interior Architecture – Bsc(Int), University of Pretoria, RSA 2002-2005
  • Baccalaureus Honores in Interior Architecture – BInt(Hons), University of Pretoria, RSA 2005
  • Master of Interior Architecture (Professional) – MInt(Prof), University of Pretoria, RSA 2006
  • Masters dissertation published title: “Animan Space Design – A Parrot Animan Precinct: Integrative human and animal habitats at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa”: Masters – Johanna Muller Award 2006


Golden Key Academic Achievement 2004


  • Green Star SA Accredited Professional: Interiors – 2014
  • Living Future Accreditation (LFA): the Living Building Institute – 2022.

Membership of professional bodies

Institutional (University of Derby): SBID; BIID; IE, 2019-2023.

Teaching & Research


In this super-complex world many factors influence my beliefs, which continually shape my teaching pedagogy. Some of these factors include: external political, socio-economic, and environmental issues; the values of institutions at which I currently work; the diverse students I teach; trends in interior design; my interests in sustainable design, design for social issues, constructivist grounded theory and regenerative design; and my personal values of being structured and organized in my work, while valuing student diversity.

These beliefs, and factors have shaped my eclectic teaching philosophy and has amounted to varying behaviours and strategies (traditional to progressive) which I use in my teaching.


My research interests include regenerative thinking and design; HIV/AIDS education in design education; decoloniality in design education; and guerrilla marketing in interior design.


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More publications from Giovanna Di Monte-Milner can be found in the Research Repository.