Asian Design Education Conference

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Passionately resilient beyond disciplines
I would first like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bunurong people, from whose land and water I am presenting today, a small suburb called Clayton, 25 kilometres southeast of Melbourne, Australia.

We live in a world with a future more uncertain than ever before. In 50 years' time, I cannot imagine what the Internet would become. What our planet will hinge on. What the future generations will be doing for the world that is blind to us.

As educators, we know to teach the next generations about career resilience. As design educators, we teach the value of practising beyond our own discipline. The environment is constantly changing. Students need to learn to adapt.

I will say this out loud: all designers are trained to facilitate inclusive collaboration. Design is always cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, all of the above. As designers we draw from people whose expertise is outside of our own comfort zone.

In the classroom, we work with students to bring new things to the world, and we teach them to be human-centred and purpose-oriented. We teach them to collaborate far and wide.

Future students will become lifelong learners who are what I call passionately resilient. Today I am presenting a fundamental reframing of the conventional design education program into 'thematic pillars'.

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Period8 Jan 2022
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Design Education
  • Design Futures
  • Collaboration