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:
Design 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.
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.
Associate Professor Marcus Foth and Dr Jaz Choi
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.
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 than ‘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.
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. Cara Wrigley is a Senior lecturer in the field of Design-led Innovation (DLI). Building on her solid practical industry experience and combined with her scholarly expertise in emotional design She is actively researching the value that design holds in business – specifically through the creation of strategies to design business models which lead to emotive customer engagement.
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.
Creative Industries Faculty
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