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.

Register today!


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, focussed on aged care, mental health and redesign healthcare systems. Hear presentations from international design researchers, practitioners, and clinicians from QUT Creative Industries, the National University of Singapore, Monash University and University of Technology Sydney.

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 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,...

  • 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,...

  • Prof Daphne Flynn

    Professor of Design, Monash Art Design and Architecture, Monash University

    As a Practice Professor, Daphne Flynn’s interest is in applying design thinking methodology to facilitate innovation, particularly in the area of healthcare and wellbeing. From ergonomics and ease of use of medtech devices and creating better patient experiences in healthcare, Daphne works to encourage collaboration with university researchers, industry partners...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Dr 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...

  • 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...

  • Pekeri Ruska

    General Manager, North Stradbroke Island Aboriginal and Islanders Housing Co-operative

    Pekeri Ruska is a Goenpul woman from North Stradbroke Island. ‘My social change proposal is to explore alternative models of home ownership for Aboriginal people, complemented by a review of the decolonisation of home design to embrace our culture and our ways of living.’ Pekeri has an inherent passion for...

  • 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...

  • Prof Veronica Soebarto

    School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide

    Prof Veronica Soebarto joined the University of Adelaide in 1998 after completing a Post-Doctorate Research Associate position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, and PhD and Master of Architecture degrees from the same university. She is the leader of the Sustainability research group and her research interests...

  • 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...

  • Assoc Prof Martin Tomitsch

    Director of Bachelor of Design Computing, 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...


For more information about Design Week 2019, please contact Ann-Louise Hollett, Coordinator QUT Design Lab