“I FEEL LIKE STUDENTS GET A BAD REP MOST OF THE TIME.”
“I’m not very career-focused,” Margarita Louca tells me, perched on a sofa in a little cafe near Angel station. She sips a milky coffee with her tiny black dog, Lou, in between us. Considering how much she’s achieved since leaving Central Saint Martins eight years ago, I don’t know if I’m convinced of her statement.
Growing up in Riyadh to an Irish mother and Cypriot father (“that’s where my funny accent comes from”) her mum worked 8 jobs, so it’s no surprise that she’s multi-faceted on the job front. Just one look at her LinkedIn profile proves just how diverse her abilities are: lecturing, creative direction, DJing and (most recently) curation are just a few of the things she’s been working on.
A CSM Graphic Design graduate herself, Louca is a visiting lecturer at Camberwell, LCF and Middlesex University where she focuses on Graphics and Fashion Communication. Getting into tutoring was a ‘happy accident’, she explains, as “Middlesex asked me to go in and chat to third years and explain about how print media was transitioning.” They then asked her to teach a module; then for another year and another — she’s now in her third year. “I actually really enjoy it! It’s cool seeing how enthusiastic and full of energy students are,” she says of working at Universities, “but I feel like students get a bad rep most of the time” – meaning that they’re criticised for their lack of enthusiasm and people often think they waste the resources available to them.