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


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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