Frank O'Sullivan

Frank O'Sullivan

arts research University of Brighton

Scholarly biography and interests

Frank O'Sullivan has a BA (Arch) from the Polytechnic of Central London, and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from South Bank University. He has worked for leading architectural practices both in London and Sydney, Australia.

In 1991 O'Sullivan undertook a short period of collaborative work with Katherine Shonfield working mainly on architectural competitions and conceptual projects, culminating with the opening of a project/installation in Spitalfields London entitled Purity and Tolerance.

O'Sullivan began his teaching career at Kingston University 1st year Architecture subsequently running a postgraduate design studio. In conjunction with the PG dip studio at Kingston he set up and became co-director of 'One Off Constructions', an Architectural design and construction company.

Currently O'Sullivan is the course leader at the University of Brighton for the Interior Design MA where he teaches studio and co-ordinates Masterwork research projects.

Over the past two years the MA ID course has been developing links and exchanges with design departments at 2 universities in China: Beijing University and Tsing Hua University (Beijing). He was invited to be a visiting professor at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University in 2009 and work with these establishments has included lectures, studio teaching, student seminars and discussions about possible future projects.

Research activity



  • 8 - 12 Feb 2010 Presenting a collaboration between University of Brighton and Milan Polytechnic ‘Territories of Misbehavior’.Part of 'No Place Like Home', Scott Brownrigg Gallery, 77 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DZ


  • 'No Place Like Home' installation project with Scott Brownrigg, Scott Brownrigg Gallery, 77 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9DZ


  • In September 2006 we opened a major exhibition at the faculty of Art and Design at Tsing Hua University. The exhibition proposed interdisciplinary connections between Interior Design, Textile research and Fashion. The work on show consisted of designs produced by MA Interior Design students over the last 5 years, an ongoing interactive textile project by Brighton Research Fellow Mette Ramsgard Thomsen and work produced by Brighton Fashion final year (2006) students. See Article in Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) magazine produced by Nanjing Unversity Press


Citations and reviews

  • Walls Have Feelings by Katherine Shonfield Routledge (2000)
  • Architecture-the Subject is Matter by Jonathan Hill Routledge (2001)