Associate Professor Gene Bawden

Associate Professor Gene Bawden

Associate Professor Gene Bawden

Head of Department (Design)

Department of Design

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Gene Bawden is a communication designer and Head of Department (Design).

Gene has over twenty-five years’ experience as a communication designer and design educator, and has a unique capability as a design thinking facilitator. At Monash University, he has played central roles in design education and course development, including initiating and leading a major review of the Bachelor of Design; the development of MADA’s design thinking curriculum and the delivery of a tailored design thinking program for the Monash School of Business’ MBA.

As founding director of D-Lab, Gene has developed the design thinking process into a robust and self-reflexive process, while honouring its heritage in design practice. Leading a team of researchers and facilitators, D-Lab delivers bespoke material tools of enquiry around design thinking processes and research, including workshops and resources for internal and external clients. This is an area of investigation that is increasingly part of Gene’s expanding area of design education research.

Gene is also a founding member of the Faculty’s XYX Lab, which affords him the opportunity to combine his knowledge of gendered spatial practices and his communication design expertise within collaborative research projects aimed at mitigating gender inequity in Australia’s urban environments.

Gene’s other areas of research and design practice investigate material, visual and spatial narratives of belonging. Specifically, he interrogates the design of Australian domestic spaces as highly charged representation of cultural belonging, social alignment and gendered expectation. His book, Comfort and Judgement: Nineteenth Century Advice Manuals and the Scripting of Australian Identity, published by Monash University Publishing, is due for release in late 2019.

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Best in Category wins for Monash Design at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards and a new Chair appointment

Monash Design researchers have taken out two "Best in Category" wins and Associate Professor Leah Heiss has been announced as the incoming Chair of the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards.

Wrapping up MADA Design Week 2022

Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) has completed a successful program full of events as part of Melbourne Design Week 2022.


Research opportunity

Gender and night-time economies

The XYX Lab is seeking proposals that examine the confluence of factors that contribute to gendered experiences of the night-time economy – both in spatial design and visual communication design – and the role they play as a cultural and social practice that can contribute to challenging power relations within cities, and consequently to women’s feelings of safety within them.

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