School of Design

Overview

Design improves the quality of work and life, brings social and economic advantages to industry and community, and is central to the development of fulfilling citizenship and social innovation. Our students and researchers are part of a sustainability-focused, multidisciplinary school with close connections to the design profession.

Our courses explore new digital technologies within well-equipped workshops and studios that offer a unique hands-on university experience.

Our wide range of expertise includes:

People

QUT School of Design research is led by academic leaders who have a proven track record of contributing to new knowledge in contemporary design. We specialise in research that informs the practice of design.

Research

Research groups

Our school focuses on delivering sustainable environments, products and systems by applying digital tools. This brings social and economic advantage to industry and community.

Keith Armstrong, QUT Senior Research Fellow

Complex Urban Systems Design

Professor Robin Drogemuller and Associate Professor Kathi Holt-Damant

Integrates built environment, engineering, science and creative disciplines to develop tools models and simulations to improve the design and management of cities. Professor Drogemuller (who focuses on energy, computer science/software engineering and business) has contributed to energy efficiency provisions in the Building Code of Australia, through LCADesign commercial software to support life cycle environmental impact assessment of buildings.

Urban Informatics

Associate Professor Marcus Foth and Dr Jaz Choi

Discussions in Space, by QUT PHD Graduate Ronald Schroeter

Since 2006, the Urban Informatics Research Lab has conducted research and development across people, place and technology with a focus on cities, location-based services and mobile technology. The transdisciplinary team comprises and collaborates with architects with degrees in media studies, software engineers with expertise in urban sociology, human-computer interaction designers with a grounding in cultural studies, and urban planners with an interest in digital media and social networking.

Social Change

Professor Laurie Buys and Associate Professor Evonne Miller

This group addresses the complex real-world trans-disciplinary challenges facing society today: climate change, sustainability and population ageing. Our research aims to enhance the understanding of, and accountability for, the real effects on the community from changes in their physical, economic and cultural life. Central to the research is the idea that preventing rather that mitigating impacts can be achieved through a multi-disciplinary evaluation of a community and then developing appropriate strategies. Projects include developing a sustainability scorecard for the dairy industry, electricity demand-side management and the neglected dimension of community liveability.

People and Systems Lab (PAS Lab)

Professor Vesna Popovic (leader), Dr Thea Blackler, Dr Ben Kraal, Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc and Andrew Scott

The People and Systems Lab (PAS Lab) mission is to enhance and enrich people’s experiences with systems, products, activities and services. Our approach is about creating ‘enriching experiences’ rather thanQUT researcher Andrew Cave is using sophisticated eye-tracking glasses to investigate how people navigate airports as part of the Airports of the Future research project. ‘designing objects’ and understanding and modelling those experiences within services and systems. Recent projects have explored novice and expert user differences, intuitive interaction with complex devices for older people, remote patient assessment using digital stethoscope and passengers experience in airports, intuitive experience in the unpredictable context of airports security screening. There are three interconnected areas of focus: intuitive interaction, experience and expertise, and context-of-use.

Design-led Innovation

Professor Sam Bucolo and Dr Cara Wrigley

Being design led means having a culture that recognises design as an integral part of strategy, organisational behaviour, product innovation, market development and customer interaction. Design is an integral factor shaping the future of company, market and innovative new product development and involves more than just the product itself. As Chair of Design and Innovation, Professor Bucolo’s focus is to help transform Australian businesses to compete within changing economic conditions through Design-led Innovation enabling sustained growth. He is currently exploring how an embedded-practice research approach builds capability within a firm demonstrating the value of Design-led Innovation, the barriers to adoption and the strategies to overcome them.

SocioDesign

Professor Jill Franz and Associate Professor Barbara Adkins

The SocioDesign Research Collective focuses on the agency of design in social life and the supportive, facilitative and emancipatory roles played by the built environment in social participation and human habitation. There are four thematic areas of research including: disability, homelessness and aging; health and well-being; productivity and innovation; and education and learning. Industry and community engagement, and collaborative and participatory research and design are central to our social agenda. Our researchers include staff from across faculties as well as a large group of HDR students.

Centre for Subtropical Design

Associate Professor Rosemary Kennedy and Dr Gillian Lawson

The Centre for Subtropical Design (CSD) is an international collaborative research centre contributing new evidence on why climate matters as a design generator in the 21st century. The CSD researches designing healthy and sustainable communities in subtropical and tropical environments both in Australia and internationally. We aim to encourage more climate-responsive and sustainable urban/rural places, particularly in coastal and arid areas. Our researchers are working on better integration of historic, contemporary and future urban form, more responsive buildings and public spaces, and giving greater attention to vulnerable people in our communities to make their lives more resilient to future shocks and disasters.

Contacts

Creative Industries Faculty

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    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059