Doctorate from the School of Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London with a thesis in the field of material responsiveness titled Plastic: A Material Metaphor, which was supported by corporate funding from a private manufacturing company based in Sweden. A patent on the technology was supported by InnovationRCA and subsequently was awarded Commercial Feasibility Study funding from the Governmental Department of Trade and Industry (UK, London)
Since 2002 she has worked as a Consultant Artist and Public Arts Practitioner with various Architects, Urban Design Practices, Councils and Private developers in London and across the UK, as well exploring the development of her patent as a commercial product.
Relocating to Portugal in 2010, her time has been divided between teaching in the Animation and Design Departments at Lusófona, working commercially and developing her own arts practice at Atelier Concorde. Increasingly interested in the role of drawing as a thinking and communicating tool across media: In the academic year 2017/18 Natalie became a full time professor/researcher and the Curator of Drawing for DELLI – Design Lusófona Lisboa, working on research projects and teaching practices that explore this theme.