october, 2017

25oct6:15 pm8:00 pmDesigning for Humans6:15 pm - 8:00 pm Event Organized By: Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney

Event Details

Please join the Alumni Association for the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning for an interactive panel discussion, Designing for Humans.

Solving the numerous problems presented in the design process is often termed ‘design thinking’. Can the user focused methodology of the designer be applied to contemporary issues and offer new creative solutions to intractable problems?

This panel discussion, facilitated by Heather Whitely Robertson, Head of Learning and Participation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, brings together architects, designers and communication experts to explore how the application of design thinking as a mindset can be used to solve problems creatively. Case studies from the speakers own practice will be presented and discussed.


Heather Whitely Robertson (Facilitator)
Head of Learning and Participation, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Heather Whitely Robertson is a creative leader in the field of arts learning and audience engagement. Trained as an architect and educator, she has spent her career working on museum redevelopment projects in Australia and the UK.

She has held multiple roles in the industry including Director of Audiences and Creative Learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Learning Manager for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Head of Learning at Open House London; Curator of Family and Community Programmes at Tate Modern, and Education Officer at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Elizabeth Carpenter
Managing Principal, fjmt Studio
Elizabeth Carpenter has extensive professional experience in Australia and South East Asia, having led many multi-award winning projects for both public and private clients. Her ability to successfully move between various typologies allows her to operate across a wide span of projects, including educational, museums, performing arts complexes, residential and commercial.

A graduate of the University of Sydney, Elizabeth received the 2014 University of Sydney Alumni Award for Professional Achievement and the 2005 NAWIC (Australia) Stockland Award for Achievement in Design. She continues her involvement in education through her role as guest critic, juror and tutor at various universities and institutions as well as championing gender equality in Architecture.

Brooke Carson-Ewart
Head of Digital Engagement, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Brooke Carson-Ewart is particularly interested in the intersection between digital and physical spaces, cultivating innovation and experimentation in teams, and change management around digital transformation. In her role at Art Gallery of New South Wales, she manages core digital activities including online, mobile, apps and in-gallery components.

Brooke has worked in the cultural sector for over 20 years, 15 of those building and leading the digital capabilities of two of Sydney’s major cultural institutions, The Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Michael Ford
Creative Director of Technology, Ogilvy
As Ogilvy’s Creative Director of Technology, Michael Ford ensures technology ideas always address real needs of people and brands by focusing on human-centred design principles.

The start of his career coincided with the emergence of the internet in Australia, and being fascinated by this new technology led to eight years working in front end development and project management on large scale projects for match.com and Ford of Europe.

Michael’s switch to a creative role came after he graduated from the Master in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts at the University of Sydney.

Alexander Symes
Registered Architect, Alexander Symes Architect
Alexander Symes established Alexander Symes Architect in 2014 after several formative years practicing architecture where he felt unsatisfied with his architectural approach to sustainability. Motivated to change this, he joined multi-disciplinary technical services firm Arup and in 2010 begun a process of up-skilling himself as a building physicist and facade engineer. At Arup, Alex learnt the fundamentals of environmental quantification, sustainability governance frameworks and developed his capability to detail striking facades that were also responsible.

Alex has delivered a number of award winning projects for Austinmer beach house, butterfly house and Dresden mobile. He was also awarded the 2016 Sustainability Awards Best Newcomer Award.


(Wednesday) 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000


Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney