Simon Hamilton
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Simon Hamilton

Designer, Mentor & CollaboratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Simon Hamilton

Designer, Mentor & CollaboratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I have operated as a creative within the built environment sector for 3 decades, initially working for architects and other interior designers in the workplace, hospitality, retail and residential sectors. I later translated this experience to specialise in design recruitment for leading agencies in London in the mid 1990s. Building a network of clients and contacts in the UK, Europe and Asia, led me to set up and manage my own interior design consultancy - Simon Hamilton & Associates Ltd, from 2002 - 2014. Me and my wonderful team worked for a wide variety of clients in the UK and Europe on projects from concept to completion and final client handover. I was twice elected to the position of International Director for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) from 2010 – 2013. In this voluntary role, I presented numerous talks, interviews, discussions, reviews and seminars about design in cities across the world including, London, Chicago, New Delhi, Milan, Paris, Tokyo and Moscow. I continue to volunteer for the BIID as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, formed in 2020. I’m also a visiting tutor at a selection of design schools including Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London; Chelsea College of Art, London; Elle Education, Madrid and The Interior Design School, London. In early 2020, I was appointed as the Editor and Content Curator of the Resource Hub of United In Design, a charity set up by Interior Designers Sophie Ashby and Alexandria Dauley, to address the lack of diversity and inclusion in interior design. I am an active member of the steering committee for Design Dialogue, created by Will Knight and Martha McNaughton - a platform to champion better communication, exchange of ideas and discussion within the wider design community. In October 2020, I was invited to join Creative Skills Network, established by the British industrial designer, curator, commentator and professor Sebastian Bergne. I am one of a group of professionals offering support and mentoring to emerging creatives, students and entrepreneurs. I have combined my interior design expertise, extensive professional knowledge and industry guidance to establish Design Career Consulting. I set up DCC in 2019 to specifically help design graduates and professionals focusing on the creative sector. As specialists, DCC helps people to establish and develop their career paths through consultations about their CVs, portfolios and interview preparation, in addition to mentoring, sharing networking skills and bespoke one-to-one consultations. To complement working closely with private clients and designers, DCC collaborates with universities, design schools, and educators including Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and the University of Plymouth, Devon. I’m the youngest of five children and was born in North London where I spent my childhood. My interests are wide and varied, but include driving electric cars on long road trips around Europe, watching any Hitchcock film, listening to all types of music, but mainly Motown, jazz and dance music. When I can, I’ll definitely resume attending creatively focused events such as the London Design Festival, Collect, Maison et Objet, Masterpiece and Salone del Mobile amongst others.
Projects credited in
  • Nikky Lyle Creative presents with Industry Leaders
    Nikky Lyle Creative presents with Industry Leaders
  • What makes a good design CV?
    What makes a good design CV?Looking to become a junior interior designer? Or perhaps you’re just starting out as an interior design intern? In today’s competitive environment, a good interior design CV is extremely important, alongside your interior design portfolio of course. It’s important that you stand out from the crowd, so don’t be tempted by templates that don’t relate to the creative world, but do make note of the basics to ensure you include what the employer needs to know, and to present yourself in the best pos
  • Black Lives Matter
    Black Lives MatterWe stand together with black communities all around the world in the fight against racism and police brutality. ​Diversity is at the heart of what we believe in, and as a company will use our platform to amplify black voices, share resources, continually educate ourselves and help dismantle systemic racism.⁣ ​⁣ ​If you’re working on or aware of any Black Lives Matter projects, events, resources, campaigns or petitions, please add them to our BLM resource hub, so we can collectively help support.
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Work history
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    Judgedezeen awards
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I’m very excited and happy to say that I been selected as one of the judges for the Dezeen Awards 2021 in the Sustainable Interiors category.
    United in Design logo
    United in Design logo
    Resource Hub Editor & Content ManagerUnited in Design
    London, United KingdomPart Time
    • A charitable organisation set up by Sophie Ashby and Alexandria Dauley to create an equal opportunity pathway into Interior Design for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups.
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Skills
  • Design
  • Interior Design
  • Career Advice
  • Career Coaching
  • Internal Recruitment
  • Design Development
  • Design Leadership
  • Consulting
  • Mentoring
  • Portfolio Management
Education
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    B A (hons) Interior Design DegreeNottingham Trent
     - Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Full-time 4 Year Interior Design Degree (Sandwich) Course with 1 year industry placement.