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Global innovations for local impact – Design advocacy, equity, procurement

30 Sep 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

$15 – $25
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Advocacy (as value), equity (as culture), and procurement (as quality) are critical contemporary issues for the profession. The Institute is delighted to host a talk by European-based Laura Lee, who will present global examples of innovations responding to these issues that can provide insight and inspiration for opportunities in NSW.

Laura is an international voice for integrated design education, practice and research. Her work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated strategies and collaborative programs between the academy, government, industry and the profession. She has lectured globally on issues concerning the relationship between design education, policy, practice and research.

For many years, Laura has served on award juries and has been an accreditation chair, advisor and an international consultant for numerous academic institutions and professional organisations. Her research is founded on two decades of developing case studies for the profession which have provided the foundation for policies, practice academies and procurement.

In 2009 – 2010, Laura was the 16th ‘Adelaide Thinker in Residence’ in South Australia, a program inviting global experts and leaders in their field to generate actionable and visionary recommendations for the government. Focused on the value of design and the impact of the built environment on the quality of life, Laura published the work Integrated Design Strategy for Australia – Building the Future. Two of her key recommendations were adopted: a Commission for Integrated Design – the first of its kind in Australia – and an Integrated Design Strategy for the City of Adelaide as a design-led vision based on a model of Intelligent Investment for design, planning and development.

Currently, as a systems innovation designer to address complex challenges, Laura works as an advisor and consultant for institutions and organisations globally including the United Nations and the European Commission. She and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and is the recipient of several awards, grants and honours.

Please note: There is no onsite parking at Tusculum House. Please contact us if disabled parking is required.


30 Sep 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$15 – $25
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