The QUT Design Lab was founded in 2016 to employ bold, fresh, and rigorous design-led research. From smart cities and design robotics to sustainable fashion and food, the QUT Design Lab researchers are tackling key challenges facing society, industry, community, and the environment.
Our mission is ‘Change by Design’, focused around three core programs:
- Designing Future Technologies
- Designing for Health
- Designing Creative and 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.
Designing Future Technologies
The Designing Future Technologies program incorporates three Focus Areas :
- Designing Robotics and Digital Fabrication
- Human Centred Design
- Extended Reality Design
Designing for Health
The Design for Health program incorporates four Focus Areas :
- Design for Ageing and Abilities
- Design for Child and Youth Health
- Design for Health Technologies & Wearables
- Design of Healthy Spaces and Places
Designing Creative and Resilient Communities
- Design for sustainable behaviour and social innovation From designing out plastic waste to disaster-resilient ‘smart cities’ and mitigating urban heat through better building design; and
- Co-creating and co-designing innovative spaces and creative, inclusive communities: For example, the Brisbane Braille Trail, intergenerational parks, tackling gender-based-violence in PNG, creative and playful placemaking.
The Designing Creative and Resilient Communities program incorporates three Focus Areas:
- Urban & Sustainable Communities
- Design-led Learning & Practice
- Regional & Resilient Design