Dr Desiree Ibinarriaga
Dr Desiree Ibinarriaga is a collaborative design lecturer at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, unit coordinator for Indigenous Research Methods & part of the Wominjeka Djeembana Lab Research cohort.
Mexican-Indigenous Mestiza, Desiree is a passionate designer, researcher, educator and traveller. She has over 14 years of experience in the design field, across diverse disciplines, such as furniture, interior, social and Indigenous design. Desiree’s work focuses on better ways of partnership and communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through design, by recognising the relationality between people and environment while acknowledging the world as a unit. Her teaching practice encourages students to develop understanding for Indigenous methodologies through a collaborative practice in real settings.
Since 2012 she has collaborated with diverse Indigenous communities and universities in Mexico and Australia. In her PhD at Deakin University, she developed the methodology Critical Co-design and its Method: The Biocultural Workshop. The methodology encourages the collaboration between diverse Indigenous and non-Indigenous people while privileging Indigenous knowledges and biocultural diversity conservation and regeneration towards collaborative resilience, cultural identity pride and sustainability.