Dr Mimi Tsai
Curriculum Design Studios
BiographyAs an early career researcher, Mimi Tsai has been awarded with an internal 2018 QUT Engagement Innovation Grant titled ”Enabling Primary School Students’ Sensory Exploration and Environmental Learning through Gamification.” This opportunity allows her to work with external industry partners: Oakleigh State School, the Australian Association for Environmental Education, Seven Senses Foundation, Playscape Creation and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Dr. Tsai, Senior Fellow of HEA, is also a Unit Coordinator and Lecturer in both landscape architecture and digital communication within the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. She coordinates DLB325 People and Place (School of Design) and CCN102 Social Media Storytelling (School of Communication). Her research specialities are spatial design, health and digital media, age-friendly places, healthy city design, healthful landscape, therapeutic landscape, environmental psychology, landscape experience design, environmental gerontology, participatory media, place-based storytelling, transmedia storytelling and co-created media digital storytelling.
She completed her PhD in 2019, with a research titled “The Meaning of Gardens in Aged Care: Residents’ Landscape Experience in Australian Facilities”. This research explores Australian Aged Care residents’ landscape experience. The findings suggest the gardens within aged-care facilities foster critical activities associated with homemaking. Residents develop a sense of ownership and agency within the landscape and recall significant memories, especially after relocation in later life. The study concludes with recommendations to transform current understandings of therapeutic landscapes, broadening the medicalised understanding of health, in order to create more “healthful landscapes”. This research argues for future design to provide a holistic landscape experience by integrating emotional, social and sensory landscape experiences for residents within aged-care facilities.
Prior to her doctoral degree, Mimi received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Tonghai University in Taiwan. She has also been awarded with Master of Architecture and Urban Planning from Fengchia University in Taiwan and Master of Creative Industries (Arts Management and Creative Enterprises) from Queensland University of Technology.
She is a Registered Landscape Architect (001995). Prior to joining academia, Mimi practiced as a landscape architect and landscape project manager in both Australia and Taiwan.
- Learning Designer
Curriculum Design Studios
Communication and Media Studies, Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
Professional memberships and associations
- Registered Landscape Architect, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
- Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN)