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Monash Art, Design & Architecture - Design Campaign


from Shane Murray, Dean, Monash Art Design and Architecture

Shane Murray

The Faculty of Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) nurtures dynamic, creative practices across design practice and research; architecture and urban planning; fine art and art history & theory.

MADA punches well above its weight because we deliberately target practice-based collaborations across Monash, the largest comprehensive university in Australia. We are critically involved in many major research initiatives throughout the university and internationally: Med-Tech initiatives with Monash Institute for Medical Engineering (MIME); transport projects including the Rail CRC and the new Paving Transformation Hub; sustainable research initiative including the Revitalizing Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities; and XYX Lab which explores gender-sensitive design practices & theory.

We are a project-based and design-led faculty that brings material intelligence, a human-centred orientation, and needs-based, solution-driven practices to design. Our academics play various roles as disrupter, catalyst, and provocateur. As we look to the future and the growing ways design is influencing and facilitating many new industries and ideas, we are seeking to appoint candidates to fill academic positions within our Department of Design, in the specialisations of Design Thinking; Design Strategy and Innovation; Digital Fabrication Design; and Spatial, Interaction, Service and Collaborative Design.

At MADA you will experience an ambitious and collegial culture throughout every stage of your career. Our team is here to help you to succeed with specific career development programs, and access to outstanding facilities, services and systems. I invite academics who share our passion and vision to apply for the positions outlined in these pages.

Professor Shane Murray
Dean, Monash Art, Design and Architecture

Our leading University

At Monash we have a lot to be proud of:

  • Largest university in Australia.
  • Consistently ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide.
  • An inspiring innovation and learning culture.

We are characterised by the people who work here with:

  • A sense of purpose.
  • A global outlook.
  • The skills and confidence to make positive change – to their own lives, and to the lives of those around them.

As a team we are inspired by, and driven to achieve the goals outlined in our strategic plan Focus Monash, which articulates the goals that will shape our future to 2020 and beyond – to be Excellent, International, Enterprising and Inclusive.


To undertake research and education of the highest international quality that addresses the great challenges of our age.


To build the strength, networks and scale of our international research and education across campuses and faculties to ensure they respond to the issues and opportunities of our region and the world.


To build enduring partnerships with industry, government and other organisations that will enrich our ability to innovate, to infuse our students and staff with enterprising capabilities and provide opportunities to apply our research to make a significant impact for the betterment of our communities.


To seek talented students and staff, irrespective of social or economic circumstances, and build a connected community of students and staff in a diverse University that is deeply engaged with the wider community.

We are the only Group of Eight university to be accredited as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

About Monash, Art Design and Architecture


The Faculty of Monash Art, Design & Architecture (MADA) is an open, connected community of creative thinkers, makers and professional practitioners who tackle urgent issues together and with others. We are dissolving the boundaries between disciplines to create new spaces to imagine real change and envisage the possibilities of the future. We place connection and creativity at the centre of teaching and research, and deploy this as a force for change in the world.

In Melbourne, art, design and architecture are leading influences on the city’s internationally recognised cultural dynamism, exhibited through significant collecting and exhibiting institutions, commercial galleries and innovative cultural production. Within this rich milieu, MADA is a vibrant centre of rigorous creative practice, encompassing architecture, design and fine art, integrated with traditional scholarship. MADA advocates the essential role of creative practice in quality of life and proposes models for future communities that are culturally enriched and environmentally sustainable.

MADA has a clear ambition to lead design education and research, forged through meaningful design practices and supported by interdisciplinary collaboration, sound methodology and theoretical underpinning. While design has matured into a rigorous academic enquiry, emerging fields of design engagement—like service, experience and interactive design—have revealed new questions for the discipline to address.

Design at MADA operates at the intersections of creative, critical thinking and material making, adopting a practice-based approach to research that collaborates widely across disciplines at Monash, including  Medicine, Health Services, Information Technology, Engineering, Business and Arts. We are preparing our students and researchers for meaningful and sustainable creative careers.

Image caption: The MADA building, designed by Nigel Bertram and the Caulfield Library which has recently been transformed by John Wardle Architects into a modern, light filled, open structure at the heart of the campus.

Department of Design


We have positioned ourselves to play a leading role in the evolving future of global design practices, education and research. Our current trajectory builds on the Department of Design’s rich history in the traditional disciplines of interior, communication and industrial design, to embrace, integrate and formulate emergent practices, hybrid competencies and expansive collaborative engagement. As we have redefined our agenda from an aesthetic and artefact-centred practice to include embodied, temporal and dematerialised modes of engagement; we are seeking to engage a team of researchers and educators to help us realise our ambitions.

We have built a collaborative community of design academics who collectively form an integrated system of design thinking and learning. The Department of Design’s community contributes to MADA’s own creative ambitions; to define the ‘new’ rather than reinvent the familiar. The Department is already a multiplayer across the university research community, and the ever-expanding external fields of design practice and research. Through our Research Labs we nurture a broad range of research interests and collaborations including medical technology and health industry experiences (Health Collab); spatial and communication practices that examine issues of gender inequity, identity and safety (XYX Lab); the future of transport design (Mobility Design Lab); design’s capacity to influence and inform learning tools, environments, mindsets and behaviours (WonderLab and D-Lab), and digital design ethnography (Emerging Technologies Research Lab).

By developing, testing and applying new problem solving approaches, we are determined to demonstrate the impact of design within both current and future scenarios. We are looking for new staff to contribute to our studio-based culture of discovery, and a philosophy that is informed by interdisciplinarity thinking and positive real-world action. The ambiguity; uncertainty and complexity of the real world is a call to action for design, so if you are interested in addressing these practice, education  and research challenges within a highly interactive,collaborative and agile environment, I encourage you to apply.

Associate Professor Gene Bawden
Head of Department, Department of  Design

Design research labs


The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) is home to five collaborative design research labs:

Emerging Technologies Lab

Led by Professor Sarah Pink, The Emerging Technologies Research Lab undertakes interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of new and future technologies. Its work seeks to prepare us for an emerging technological environment where automation, artificial intelligence,and the questions of ethics, responsibility and user experience and engagement that they bring with them are becoming increasingly central. Bringing together the highest quality academic scholarship with deep engagements with external stakeholders, from industry, the public sector and beyond, they are revising our understandings of how technologies can best participate in human futures, and to use this knowledge to ensure that we design for better, responsible and ethical futures.

Health Collab

The Health Collab, led by MADA Practice Professors Daphne Flynn and Mark Armstrong, combines design methodology with a people-focus to solve challenges in the health and wellbeing sectors. Health Collab’s research takes place at the center of the complex health services ecosystem, including patients, clinicians, nurses, device manufacturers, medical researchers, engineers, and healthcare management. Its research aims to understand and activate significant, high-impact healthcare services and products in the world.

Mobility Design Lab

The Mobility Design Lab, led by Associate Professor Selby Coxon, is a world leader in research that focuses on how design can improve the physical, environmental and experiential aspects of mobility. From personal to public transport, bikes to buses, family cars to autonomous vehicles, its researchers engage with user-centred and participatory techniques to reveal new insights into passenger experiences. Affiliated with the Monash Institute of Transport Studies, the Mobility Design Lab combines evidence-based  research methods with design-led innovations, functioning at the junctions of science, government, engineering and user experiences.


Led by Professor Lisa Grocott, WonderLab operates at the nexus of design, learning and play. Its research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations that are navigated through making, storytelling, embodying and prototyping. Working with learning scientists, educators and performers, WonderLab includes learners and teachers as partners, to translate research into tangible, transferable, never-before-seen learning experiences. At the heart of the WonderLab is a 20+ strong community of design PhD candidates and researchers, from adjacent disciplines, invested in how to design transformational learning experiences for teachers, students and workers.


The XYX Lab, led by Associate Professors Nicole Kalms and Gene Bawden, investigates how space and design can influence and promote safety, equity and inclusivity. XYX Lab is grounded in feminist and queer theory and activated through real-world projects. Its researchers explore gender-sensitive design practices and theory operating at the intersection of identity, urban space and advocacy. Building equity into urban life requires long-term vision and a strategic, often radical, approach to the design processes, so XYX Lab works collaboratively with policy makers, government and stakeholders to contribute towards a larger movement for change for underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.

Image caption: Health Collab’s Bionic Eye – Headgear design 2018 (current headgear design iteration.)
This project is in collaboration with Monash VisionGroup - an interdisciplinary team of engineering, medical and science researchers, The Alfred, miniFAB and Grey Innovation.

About the roles

  • Interaction Design

    Depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience, this role may be appointed at the following level: Associate Professor of Interaction Design Senior Lecturer, Interaction Design Lecturer, Interaction Design

  • Design Strategy and Innovation

    Depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience, this role may be appointed at the following level: Associate Professor of Design Strategy and Innovation Senior Lecturer, Design Strategy and Innovation

  • Spatial Design

    Depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience, this role may be appointed at the following level: Senior Lecturer, Spatial Design Lecturer, Spatial Design

  • Service Design

    Depending on the candidate's qualifications and experience, this role may be appointed at the following level: Senior Lecturer, Service Design Lecturer, Service Design

  • Communication Design

    This role will be appointed at the following level: Senior Lecturer, Communication Design


Dr Gene Bawden

Interim Head, Department of Design

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