Orit Sarfatti

Lecturer in Architecture
Design Unit Leader in Interior Architecture Year 2
Interior Architecture Alumni Coordinator

Currently undertaking MPhil/ PhD titled: Communal Child Rearing on the Israeli Kibbutz between the years 1920-1960: a Case Study Approach to the Study of Relations between Built Environment and Ideologies.

Orit is interested in the human and the social factors in the design process. Orit sees an important role for the community in the design process as a form of ‘civil power’, one, which a designer should be aware of and support. The Interior Architecture programme in which Orit is involved, puts a great emphasise on the relation between the user and the space he inhabits in order to enhance the user’s experience, both as individual and as a member of a community.

As part of her teaching methodology Orit runs an annual Live project with the Interior Architecture Second Year students which involves local communities in Oxford. These projects enable both students and the local communities to aspire and understand the difference architecture could have on people’s quality of lives.

In 2015/16 Orit run a successful project in a local dilapidated community pavilion in North Hiknsey, Oxford http://liveprojectsnetwork.org/project/louie-memorial-pavilion/


  • BA Economics and Management (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv) - graduate with distinction
  • BA Interior Architecture (Hons), Oxford Brookes University - graduate with distinction
  • MA Interior Design (Westminster University, London) - graduate with merit

Currently undertaking MPhil/ PhD titled: Communal child rearing in the Israeli Kibbutz: A case study approach to the Study of Relations between Design Typology and Ideas


  • Module Leader U30050 Interior Architecture 1
  • Module leader U30051 Interior Architecture 2
  • Tutor in U30024 (City ,Culture and Society)
  • Tutor in U30006 (Architecture and Society)


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic interests

  • Social issues in Architecture
  • History of interior Architecture
  • Live projects
  • Utopia and architecture
  • Participatory Architecture
  • The Israeli Kibbutz

Selected publications

  • Conference paper: Research student conference Oxford Brookes University (May 2016): Communal child rearing in the Israeli Kibbutz
Orit Sarfatti


School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP