Explore the Monash Art, Design and Architecture community of creative thinkers, makers and professional practitioners


In the Spotlight



Nicholas Mangan is an artist and researcher known for his ambitious sculptural and film installations. His latest project uses material storytelling to link coral polyps with planetary extinction, weaving together micro and macro accounts of climate change.

Seeing Things Through

Nyein Chan Aung is an industrial designer whose groundbreaking collaboration with X-ray technology company Micro-X is changing the game for stroke diagnosis and treatment.


Holding Space

Anthony Clark’s architecture practice is informed by an ethics of care, creating spaces that hold and support those with complex needs.


Unveiling Submerged Histories

Discover Undercurrent – the powerful photography project by artist Peta Clancy, uplifting hidden truths and perspectives of Country.

Designing for the Deep

Alex Goad developed the modular artificial reef structure (MARS) as a means of rehabilitating damaged coral reefs around the world. His work represents the shift towards problem-solving in the design industry.


Welcome to Preston

Vincent Chan is a type designer. Part of a small but vibrant local type community, he works primarily with graphic designers, studios and agencies, who commission him to create custom typefaces for their clients.


Home is where the heart is

In 2022, architect Dan McKenna became the CEO of Nightingale Housing, a not-for-profit organisation doing things differently by building homes that are socially, financially and environmentally sustainable.

Beyond the Horizons

We caught up with early career practitioners for a chat about their creative and professional journeys since leaving university. They share formative memories and reflect on transitioning to the creative workforce, landing their first job and building a network of peers.

Roberta Joy Rich

"Keep doing you and don't worry or compare yourself to others – you will continue to do this but you really have to try not to."

Kelvin Tsang

"Over the years, I’ve learned to let myself make mistakes in the design process, creating opportunities for exploration."


Zoe Hu

"I like to say I’m a recovering perfectionist, because while perfectionism may have helped me in some ways, it’s super unhealthy and unsustainable."

Chloe Gration

"The ‘co’ in co-design stands for community and collaboration. It involves the people most affected by a design or decision working together to improve outcomes."


Genevieve Townsend

"It becomes important to learn how to advocate for your own approach to art making and support artists around you."

Breaking Ne
ew Paths

Meet three of our best and brightest – contemporary artist Erin Hallyburton, interior architectural designer Ilianna Ginnis, and multidisciplinary artist and fashion designer Safa El Samad – as they tell us about the impressive careers they’re forging through postgraduate and doctoral studies at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.

Safa El Samad

Architecture for the body

“I found fashion design to be the perfect marriage of both designing and being able to make those designs on a scale that was manageable.”

Erin Hallyburton

Material Waste

“My sculptural practice seeks to produce new conceptions of the body and space in contemporary art through the application of a fat critical lens.”

Ilianna Ginnis

Design = Empathy

“This is why empathy in my work as a designer is important – so that I am able to sit and engage with the uniqueness of each individual.”

Words from the Wise

Kickstarting a career in the creative industries requires planning, preparation and a few pearls of wisdom! Here, we pair Monash Art, Design and Architecture graduates with leaders in their field for a series of conversations about how they found their feet, lessons learned and the future of creative work.

Walking Between Two Worlds

Sarah Lyn Rees
Architect and Palawa woman

Interview by Declan Murphy

Finding your Groove

Callum Morton
Artist and professor

Interview by Grace Slonim

Taking the Creative Path Less Travelled

Micah Scott
Not-for-profit CEO

Interview by Kieran Medici

Pushing Against the Status Quo

Timothy Moore
Designer and curator

Interview by Haroula Karapanagiotidis

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Special thanks to the students, alumni and staff of Monash Art, Design and Architecture who shared their stories for HORIZONS