QUT Design Week 2019

Inaugural QUT Design Week 2019

Monday 30 September – Thursday 3 October 2019

Join us at the inaugural QUT Design Week 2019, to learn, engage with, and be inspired by design research, innovation and creativity. Over four days, leading researchers, designers, policymakers, industry professionals, health and urban stakeholders in the Asia Pacific region will exchange insights and ideas, build connections, and critically reflect on the intersection of design, technology, communities, and health.

QUT Design Week 2019 highlights the potential of design to positively transform our world, through research, education, collaboration and leadership across the design disciplines of architecture, interior design, industrial design, fashion, interactive and visual design, and landscape architecture. Whether you’re looking for professional development, to understand sector trends, or simply to connect with like-minded people, QDW19 offers an exciting week of presentations, workshops, panel conversations and exhibitions. You can register for the whole week, or the sessions that most interest you, and meet leading experts in design, health and technology.


Program at a Glance

DAY 1: United Nations Urban Thinkers Campus

Join experts in urban design across a program of keynotes and workshops aimed to promote sustainable urbanisation, and explore how we can create cities that are clever, compassionate and brave. This Urban Thinkers Campus (UTC) is designated United Nations event, designed to assist with the implementation of the UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda and the World Urban Campaign. Participation in the UTC is free.

DAY 2: Designing your Career

Enrol in workshops to actively experience creative research methods, including the co-design process, photovoice, narrative approaches, as well as practical tips for working successfully with industry partners and planning your research career.

We also welcome you to attend the exhibition opening night and artist talks for the QUT Design Week Exhibition, the theme of which is IMPACT!

DAY 3: Change by Design Asia-Pacific Symposium – Design, Technology and the Future of Living and Working

Over two days, hear diverse presentations from design researchers, practitioners, and industry, including Swinburne University of Technology, QUT Creative Industries, RMIT, the University of Adelaide, and UNSW. Day One is dedicated to designing to help address the challenges of future living and working.

DAY 4: Change by Design Asia-Pacific Symposium – Design for Health

Day Two of the Asia-Pacific Symposium seeks to address designing for health, focused on aged care and the redesign of healthcare systems. Hear presentations from international design researchers, practitioners, and clinicians from QUT Creative Industries, the National University of Singapore, Monash University, University of Technology Sydney and Clinical Excellence Queensland, as well as community advocates. Each session ends with a 20-30 minute interactive panel Q&A, facilitated by the session chair.

On Thursday evening, join Asia-Pasic Symposium delegates for informal post-event networking drinks.


*full program subject to change.

Design Week Activities

International & National Speakers

  • Assoc Prof Gene Bawden

    Head of MADA’s Design Department, Monash University

    Gene Bawden is a communication designer and Head of MADA’s Design Department. His research and design practice embraces the confluence of the material, the visual and the spatial, and the narratives of belonging articulated in each. Specifically he interrogates the design of Australian domestic spaces constructed as a prescriptive but...

  • Assoc Prof Tomasz Bednarz

    Director and Head of Visualisation at the Expanded Perception and Interaction Centre (EPICentre), University of New South Wales (UNSW)

    Tomasz Bednarz is Associate Professor and Director of Visualisation at the Expanded Perception & Interaction Centre (EPICentre) UNSW Art & Design and Team Leader at CSIRO Data61. His current role at the UNSW Art & Design reflects his conviction to a holistic approach to the wicked problems facing the collation,...

  • Belinda Douglas

    Belinda Douglas, Senior Associate, Fulton Trotter Architects

    Belinda Douglas is an experienced Architect,Project and Team Leader who has current experience in Health and Aged Care, Education and Cultural projects. Belinda’s work stretches between education, health, community and residential. This means she has a broad range of knowledge which is often easily portrayed into solving complex problems the...

  • Ella Du Plessis

    Place Management Team Leader at Logan City Council

    Ella du Plessis, Place Management Team Leader at Logan City Council, is a qualified Urban Planner, with experience in both private and public sector. Ella has trained and worked in South Africa in the private sector on a broad range of planning and development projects as an urban planning consultant...

  • Helen Fisher

    Research Associate, Lab4Living Sheffield Hallam University

    A Product Design BA (Hons) graduate with a background in people-centred research and inclusive design for health and well-being. Helen Fisher has worked on a variety of product, graphic and service design projects within health and social care and is currently working within Lab4Living at SHU on projects around dementia,...

  • Dr Sean Gallagher

    Director, Centre for the New Workforce, Swinburne University of Technology

    Dr Sean Gallagher is the inaugural Director of the Centre for the New Workforce at Swinburne University of Technology, a research centre focused on workforce transformation arising from digital disruption. Its mission is to empower people and organisations through learning in a technology transforming world. By investigating emerging futures of...

  • Dr Mary Graham

    Associate Adjunct Professor, The University of Queensland

    Dr Mary Graham is a Kombumerri person (Gold Coast) through her father’s heritage and affiliated with Wakka Wakka (South Burnett) through her mother’s people. Mary has worked across several government agencies, community organisations and universities including: Department of Community Services, Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Agency, the University of Queensland and...

  • Tamsin Greulich-Smith

    Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre, National University Singapore

    A Senior Fellow at the Ministry of Health’s Office for Healthcare Transformation, and expert design strategist on DesignSingapore Council’s ‘Innovation by Design’ panel, Tasmin Greulich-Smith has more than 20 years of international experience in delivering change and transformation programmes, integrating user-centric design, risk communications, change leadership, and social innovation practices....

  • Adj Assoc Prof Kathi Holt-Damant

    Associate Professor Kathi Holt-Damant is a consultant architect and urban designer, originally from South Africa, working on problems relating to the urbanisation of culture and the impact on urban resources [land, water, infrastructure, mass transit, energy, resilience, food production and urban housing]. She has a particular focus on designing urban space...

  • Dr Malcolm Holz

    Director, HOLZink

    Malcolm is a musician, artist and designer and has worked as an urban planner and designer with 36 years professional practice primarily within property development entities in Queensland, Australia. Malcolm designs ‘in-between’: with demonstrated skills in building design and urban planning operating at the planning end of architecture and the...

  • Dr Gail Kenning

    Research Associate Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

    Dr Gail Kenning is an artist, researcher and educator at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Gail is Co-Investigator International on a UK AHRC funded research project—LAUGH: Ludic Artefacts Using gesture and Haptics— making objects and activities for people with late stage dementia. Her research is concerned with art and...

  • Anne Kovachevich

    Australasian Foresight + Innovation Leader at Arup

    Anne is an experienced sustainable buildings consultant who now leads the Arup Foresight and Innovation offering in Australasia. Anne’s innovative approach to design and sustainability is internationally recognized with invited and keynote presentations including the Singapore Government, the Green Building Council and NASA Langley. Anne has facilitated many workshops, most...

  • Kerri Lanchester

    General Manager Member Relations at Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

    Kerri Lanchester has operated at senior levels in aged services for the past 25 years working across both not for profit and the private sector. Kerri’s career has spanned strategic and operational leadership within the portfolios of home care, indigenous services, mental health, housing, homelessness and tenancy support, along with...

  • Fran Larkey

    Relationship and Innovation Manager, Wesley Mission Queensland

    Fran is a Registered Nurse with 20 years’ experience managing residential aged care communities across a variety of settings. Her current role supports the leaders within her organisation to meet increasing client expectation in a volatile and rapidly changing landscape. Fran holds a Master in Health Science (Gerontology) and is...

  • Jyi Lawton

    Senior Manager of Industry Engagement, Indigenous Business Australia

    Jyi Lawton is a descendant of the Bidjara people in Central Queensland and Mackenzie clan from the northwest highlands of Scotland. Jyi has undertaken tertiary study across a range of areas in Architectural Design, Law and Justice and Business. He holds a Bachelor of Criminology through the Queensland University of...

  • Ryan Loveday

    Director, Fulton Trotter Architects

    Ryan Loveday is a Director with Fulton Trotter Architects, leading a motivated young team of architects to deliver a range of education, health, aged care and community projects. His work is the result of passion, imagination and an eye for detail. Ryan is a hardworking architect with proven experience having...

  • Ingrid Marshall

    Associate Director, Deicke Richards

    Ingrid is an Associate Director of the practice and a senior architect with 20 years’ experience. She has developed a close understanding of client requirements in the rapidly evolving retirement and aged care sector and, in particular, how to create architectural outcomes that respond to specific operational and care models....

  • Malcolm Middleton

    OAM LFRAIA, Practice Principal, Malcom Middleton Architects

    Malcolm Middleton was appointed as Queensland Government Architect in July 2011 and in this role he is an advocate for the recognition of the value to all projects through well considered design processes. He provides project advice and undertakes design reviews for projects across many areas of government as well...

  • Assoc Prof Lucio Naccarella

    Senior Research Fellow, Health Systems and Workforce, Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

    A/Prof Lucio Naccarella is a health services researcher and evaluator with a focus on four key areas, including: Building evaluation capability within public sector organisations; Evaluating health workforce models of care and development; Evaluating population health, health literacy and community based professional development initiatives; and Researching health care facility design...

  • Veronica Nolan

    Creative Partner co-designing transformative growth through strategic planning & creative leadership, Aurecon

    Veronica Nolan is the Creative Partner at Aurecon, an engineering consultancy whose expertise brings ideas to life through design led thinking and innovation. Together with our clients, we co-create a better future. Veronica is one of the Queensland leaders for Aurecon’s global Innovation Team. She is passionate about helping leaders...

  • Sandra Nugent

    Regional Director, Dementia Australia

    Sandra Nugent is the Regional Director, Queensland and Western Australia for Dementia Australia. Dementia Australia is the peak body advocating for the needs of people living with all types of dementia, and for their families and carers, and provide support services, education and information. Our three strategic imperatives focus on;...

  • Dr Natalie Osborne

    Urban Research Program, Griffith University

    Dr Natalie Osborne’s work is primarily in the fields of critical human geography and environmental planning. She is focused on social and environmental justice in human settlements and the development of more just, resilient and sustainable futures. She is currently engaged in work on insurgent planning and radical spatial politics...

  • Dr Andrea Petriwskyj

    Research and Community Education Coordinator, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland

    Dr Andrea Petriwskyj is a researcher whose academic work is focused on older people’s participation in planning and decision making, including in local government, seniors’ organisations, and aged care services. She is the author of an Engagement Toolkit for aged care service providers and works with services to develop their engagement...

  • Dr Katrina Radford

    Deputy Director of Research, Griffith University

    Dr Katrina Radford is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation within the Griffith Business School and is the Deputy Director, Research. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), is a Certified Associate in Project Management, holds a Masters in Human Resource Management, Graduate Certificate in...

  • Assoc Prof Roland Snooks

    Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

    A senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT, founding partner of the experimental architecture practice Kokkugia and Director of Studio Roland Snooks, Roland’s work has been exhibited internationally, focussing on the impact of new technologies on form, and is at the forefront of new computational design...

  • Jonathan Sri

    Queensland Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward

    Jonathan Sri is the Queensland Greens Councillor for the Gabba Ward. A writer, musician and community development worker with a keen interest in democratic reform and cracking down on political corruption. He believes that politicians should work to strengthen local communities rather than fragmenting them. Jonathan will be discussing design...

  • Shy Tay

    Practice Director at Arkhefield & Committee Member for Places for Ageing

    Shy Tay has a strong interest in designing authentic places that are relevant to the local context. His engaging, well designed spaces create connections with the community that develop memorable experiences in retail precincts, communities and master planned developments. Having lived, studied and worked throughout Asia and Australia, Shy has...

  • Matthew Tobin

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Urban Arts Project

    Matthew Tobin is co-Founder and Managing Director of Urban Arts Project. He and his brother Daniel established the company in 1993, as a studio and workshop in which to collaborate with artists and create artwork for the public realm. These days Matthew oversees all operations of the company, spending his...

  • Assoc Prof Martin Tomitsch

    Chair of Design and Director of Innovation, University of Sydney

    Dr Martin Tomitsch is Associate Professor and Chair of Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, where he teaches interaction and user experience design. He is also the Director of Innovation (Education – Entrepreneurship and Engagement) for the University of Sydney, and co-founder of the...

  • Dr Adrienne Young

    Research Coordinator, Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital

    Dr Adrienne Young is the Research Coordinator for the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on implementing and evaluating supportive and interdisciplinary systems of nutrition care for people in hospital, with developing expertise...


For more information about Design Week 2019, please contact Ann-Louise Hollett, Coordinator QUT Design Lab designlab@qut.edu.au.


Start Date: 30/09/2019 [add to calendar]
End Date: 03/10/2019

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