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.
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.
Anthony Clark’s architecture practice is informed by an ethics of care, creating spaces that hold and support those with complex needs.
Discover Undercurrent – the powerful photography project by artist Peta Clancy, uplifting hidden truths and perspectives of Country.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
"Over the years, I’ve learned to let myself make mistakes in the design process, creating opportunities for exploration."
"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."
"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."
"It becomes important to learn how to advocate for your
own approach to art making and support artists around you."
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.
“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.”
“My sculptural practice seeks to produce new conceptions of the body and space in contemporary art through the application of a fat critical lens.”
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.
Sarah Lyn Rees
Architect and Palawa woman
Interview by Declan Murphy
Artist and professor
Interview by Grace Slonim
Interview by Kieran Medici
Designer and curator
Interview by Haroula Karapanagiotidis
Think Outside The Classroom
Special thanks to the students, alumni and staff of Monash Art, Design and Architecture who shared their stories for HORIZONS