The QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research.

As our world gets increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain, we need ideas, innovative collaborations and imagination – the ability to reshape what is and conceive, create, and design things that don’t yet exist.  That is the mission and vision of the QUT Design Lab: to reimage and redesign our future.  We create impactful change, applying our creative mindsets in three core domains: (1) industry and advanced manufacturing; (2) health; and (3) the built environment.

We are a collaborative, cross-disciplinary community of designers, engineers, roboticists, creative thinkers, makers, artists, health practitioners and innovators, who work together to speculate, imagine, design, and innovate.  We are a catalyst for new thinking and drive technological innovation through design-led approaches, with our research privileging end-user engagement, sustainability, cross-disciplinarity, and industry collaborations.  We ask how tools, methods and approaches from design and creative practice foster world-changing ideas and innovation in different settings – industry, manufacturing, healthcare, public spaces, and urban and regional places.  We create, test, and deploy prototypes with collaborators across industry, government, and community and our imaginative, thought-provoking and high impact research.

Our mission is ‘Change by Design’, focused around four core programs:

    • Design Robotics and Digital Fabrication
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Design for Health
    • Resilient Communities

Our research is theoretically grounded, strongly applied in practice, and transdisciplinary. We welcome industry, government and community organisations interested in collaborating with us to get in touch with us. We also welcome inquiries from prospective applicants interested in studying with us for an MPhil and PhD degree.

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