Jonathan Forster

Academic profile

Mr Jonathan Forster

Associate Head of School (Marketing and Recruitment)
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Jonathan's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 04: SDG 4 - Quality Education

About Jonathan

Jonathan is a designer, educator, and host of the Multi Story Thinking Podcast. on Interior Design.
He is the Award Leader of the Spatial and Interior Designer Ba(Hons) degree course at University of Plymouth.   
He runs an Interior Design consultancy called Multi Story Thinking that specialises in commercial and residential refurbishment, is a design consultant, employee engagement specialist and host of the 
His course creates graduates who are ready for work, have professional skills and an understanding of their industry, can communicate their ideas and contribute with confidence.

The course explores the space between objects and architecture with a hands on approach to crafting the interior and influencing the perception and experience of people as they use space.

The range of projects creates graduates who are flexible and adaptable, can work at any scale, have strong beliefs and have social responsibility at their core.

The results from our course are creative, confident and employable graduates able to work across the breadth of the interior design world.


Jonathan comes from a commercial design background and runs a design consultancy specialising in commercial and residential interior design.

His approach is to bring this experience and knowledge directly to the student experience by replicating the conditions of real work, teaching the students the skills they'll need to be competitive in the job market. Design modules impart these skills, whilst allowing for creative freedom and experimentation, to enable students to find their design voice and have the skills to express themselves in a passionate, professional and approachable way.
I'm working with student accommodation provider UPP ( running a series of projects to design student focused spaces where my students can engage with industry and use their experience to help design the next generation of student accommodation spaces.
His experience of commercial office design helps inform the teaching of projects that explore the changing face of workplace design.
He draws on my wide range of industry contacts to help support the design projects I run.

Contact Jonathan

+44 1752 585170