QUT Design Manifesto

Design today is not just a noun, but a verb. It is not just an object, but an action. It is not just an artefact, but an approach. Design resists stasis: it enables, disrupts, innovates, mediates, and facilitates. Uniquely equipped to deliver social, cultural, political, economic and environmental impacts, design drives value creation and innovation in the 21st century.

The QUT Design Lab and the School of Design engaged in an engagement process to tease out the values we want to adhere to in research, teaching, learning, and practice. The result is the QUT Design Manifesto:

  • Design is inclusive [open].
  • Design serves people, place, and planet [ethical].
  • Design seeks a better future [optimistic].
  • Design privileges curiosity [experimental].
  • Design disrupts to drive positive change [transformational].

Our Mission

Moving beyond the creation of objects or artefacts, the QUT Design Lab demonstrates the benefit and value of design methods, practices, and outcomes in realising Australia’s National Innovation agenda.

Our mission is “Change by Design.”

Fostering transdisciplinary collaboration, the QUT Design Lab has been established in 2016 as a centre for bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research that seeks to tackle our most pressing 21st century challenges. The QUT Design Lab offers an open, agile and permeable structure comprising three value-driven research programs.

As a hub and home for a diverse team of academics, research students, industry professionals, and community leaders, the QUT Design Lab supports transdisciplinary collaborations that result in tangible impact and engagement, and which transfer knowledge and technology into beneficial applications for industry, society, and the environment.

Organisational Structure

The QUT Design Lab is structured into three broad areas:

Leadership Team

Dr Glenda Caldwell
Dr Glenda Caldwell
Areas of interest: Design Robotics, Media Architecture, Urban Informatics
Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc
Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc
Areas of interest: Disability, Digital Health, Medical Devices, Qualitative Methods, Service Design
Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen
Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen
Areas of interests: Lighting and daylighting, comfort (visual and thermal), health and well-being, resilient architecture, passive solar architecture, building performance (prediction, simulation, visualization and post occupancy evaluations), design for older adults
Assoc Prof Markus Rittenbruch
Assoc Prof Markus Rittenbruch
Areas of interest: User Experience Design, Collaborative and Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Data Visualisation, Augmented & Mixed Reality, Tangible Interaction, Urban Informatics

Advisory Board

The intellectual leadership of the QUT Design Lab is guided by the Advisory Board, chaired by the Lab Director. Its membership is being confirmed.

QUT Design Lab Annual Report

2018 QUT Design Lab Annual Report


2017 QUT Design Lab Annual Report