John Redmond

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John Redmond is an industrial designer and environmental designer, with extensive industry product research, design and development experience. Work ranges across automation equipment, complex engineering product systems, consumer products, and the intellectual property issues of design.

For the past 32 years, he has been involved in, and is particularly known for, roles in formal academic leadership. Firstly, for his ‘greenfields’ work as Foundation Head of the Department of Industrial Design in the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW – founding and directing the first Masters program in industrial design in Australia and, later, with Federal funding from the Dawkins reforms, founding and directing the very high achieving radical, innovative and multidisciplinary Bachelor of Industrial Design program.


This was followed by 16 years as Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University, which involved transforming Monash’s art and design activities acquired in the Dawkins era mergers of the late 80s and early 90s, into an internationally acknowledged faculty. He negotiated and oversaw the development of the award-winning Art & Design building by Denton Corker Marshall (DCM).


He Chaired the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) and negotiated and oversaw the development of its galleries at the heart of a new 'arts' precinct at the Caulfield Campus. He oversaw the development, approval and introduction of the Faculty's studio-based PhD program and directed the development and introduction of Monash's highly ranked Architecture program - the first new Architecture program in Australia for 30 years.

In his latter years at Monash he established on behalf of the Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel – now Australia’s Chief Scientist – the Monash Estates Committee with the objective of transforming the quality of the environment on Monash’s many campuses in Australia and internationally. He brought together a powerful group of members to serve on the Committee – including the Victorian Government Architect (having argued that Monash’s campuses are part of the State’s infrastructure), major developers, infrastructure providers, and leading architect planners. Early work of the Committee was the appointment of a Master Planner. The transformation of the Clayton and Caulfield Campuses is a direct result of this initiative.


He was appointed to Sydney University in late 2010 to re-vision and re-develop the then Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning. 

Education/Academic qualification

Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)

Research area keywords

  • industrial design
  • communication design
  • environmental design
  • architecture