HDR Supervisors

HDR Supervisors

The below list includes QUT Design Lab academics who are actively seeking HDR Students to supervise in 2020. For a full list of Design Lab academics see our people page. Check to see if you are eligible for a Scholarship on the 2020 Design Lab Scholarship Round page.


  • Dr Simone Brott

    Areas of interest: Architecture, Cities, Urbanism, History, Theory, Politics, Finance, Critique

    Simone Brott is an architect, writer and critic, and Coordinator of Architectural Design at Queensland University of Technology. She has a Masters of Architecture from Yale University and PhD in Architecture from The University of Melbourne. Her books include Architecture for a Free Subjectivity: Deleuze and Guattari at the Horizon...

  • Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc

    Program Leader - Designing for Health

    Currently seeking PhD applications across experience design, design and emotion, wearable tech for design and health, and design with technology for empathy.Learn more around the project for Design with Technology for Empathy. Apply for QUT scholarships. Marianella Chamorro-Koc BA (PUCP, Peru), MA (OSU, U.S.A.), PhD (QUT, Australia), is Senior Lecturer at Queensland...

  • Assoc Prof Debra Cushing

    Areas of interest: Landscapes for health and wellbeing, Children and nature, Park design, Playable urban design, Artful placemaking

    Dr. Cushing’s research combines her interest in healthy and supportive environments for children and youth with her understanding of effective community participation, creating sustainable and vibrant environments, and theory related to environmental psychology and placemaking. Her current research areas include: children and youth participation in community design and planning to...

  • Dr Tiziana Ferrero-Regis

    Areas of interest: Fashion and Cultural Studies, Sustainability, Supply Chains, Wool, Design History

    Background Tiziana has worked in Milan across many fields of the creative industries, from advertising, production manager at Vogue Italy in Milan and as a freelance writer. She holds  a PhD from Griffith University on the historical imagination in Italian cinema, completed at Griffith University. Tiziana has taught for several...

  • Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen

    Research Training Coordinator

    Dr. Garcia-Hansen is an active researcher in the area of Lighting Design in Buildings, specializing in the design of daylighting devices, façade design, energy efficiency, evaluation of the luminous environment, lighting modeling, and lighting effects on health and wellbeing. Dr. Garcia-Hansen’s PhD thesis established her research significance to this field...

  • Dr David Nielsen

    Areas of interest: History, Expressionism, Modernity, Industrialisation, Botanic Glasshouses, Building Information Modelling

    David joined QUT at the beginning of 2007 working in the research area of Building Information Modelling under the direction of Professors’ John Fraser and Robin Drogemuller. His architectural education includes a B-Arch, a research Masters and a PhD. His previous experience in architectural education was primarily within the School...

  • Dr Vaughn Pinxit

    Areas of interest: Interdisciplinary Practice, Transdisciplinary strategies, Practice-led Research, Tangible Media and Electronic Art, Sound Art, Interactive Installations, Design Methods and Theory, Art Theory, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Kinetic Sculpture, Zen & Engaged Buddhism, Vipassana Meditation, Rigpa Tibetan Meditation, Stillness

    Dr Vaughn Pinxit is a Lecturer in Interaction Design in the School of Design at the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. Vaughn recently qualified as a Fellow of the internationally recognised Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK), through completion of the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (QUT). His approach...

  • Prof Paul Sanders

    Areas of interest: Urban Morphology, Architectural Design, Urban Design

    Background Professor Sanders is Discipline Leader of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He has been an academic since 1998 and has been published in international journals in the fields of architecture and urban design. Paul established his expertise...

  • Dr Jane Turner

    Areas of interest: Game Design, Ontological Design, Spatial Practices and Mapping, Visual and Interactive Narratives, Criticality in Design, Animal InteractionDesign (AXD / ACI)

    Research Jane’s research and practice explores game design, and the game engines and systems that underlay production, as cultural objects. Projects Jane was involved in the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID) Indigenous game world project Digital Songlines. She has been exploring cultural geographies of the imagination via use of high-end...

  • Dr Ian Weir

    Areas of interest: Design Led Research, Bushfire Responsiveness Architecture, Natural Disaster Resilience, Landscape Representation, Architectural Design, Learning Environments

    Bushfire Architecture Research Ian is a research architect (consulting) with QUT and a registered practicing architect specialising in designing for bushfire prone, biodiverse landscapes. Ian’s building designs have been featured on special episodes of ABC Television’s ‘The New Inventors’ and SBS ‘Insight’. In 2012 Ian was selected by the Australian...

  • Dr Penny Wild

    Areas of interest: Interior design/architecture, interior design practice, building information modelling, interior design education


Questions relating to admissions and scholarship applications should be directed to Creative Industries Postgraduate Research Team via ci.hdr@qut.edu.au or by phone: (07) 3138 3799.

Questions relating to Design Lab research opportunities, or for support in finding the right supervisor please contact Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen, our Higher Research Degree Training Coordinator.