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Research in Practice - Research Models

Thur 18 Jul 12:30pm-2pm

Research Models is the inaugural session for the Research in Practice CPD series, established as a platform for sharing and discussing the often hidden research and research methods developed through practice and outside the formality of the University environment.

Research Models will investigate how allocation of resources to research can be foundational for a company. Representatives from three practices working at different scales, Bree Travena - Arup, Michaela Sheahan - Hassell and Nicholas Braun - Sibling, will each present case studies on how research has been embedded within their own organisations. Following the case study presentations, a panel discussion moderated by Kirsten Day will explore questions around the importance of research within practice; how an architectural practice can be structured to meaningfully include research; how research can contribute to the economic viability of a company, and the contribution that practice based research can have more broadly to the profession.



Michaela Sheahan - Senior Researcher, HASSELL

Michaela has worked in the design industry for 20 years in a variety of positions, including research, interior design, and operations. After working in design practice, Michaela undertook a Masters in Social Science in Environment and Planning to concentrate on research into the complexities of design.

With a keen interest in research in practice, Michaela provides HASSELL designers with evidence to inform their project work across a number of sectors, with a focus on Health, Education, and Workplace design. This broad spectrum of work enables Michaela to bring a holistic outlook to the research, analysis and benchmarking exercises that large and dynamic projects require.




Nicholas Braun -  Director, Sibling Architecture

Nicholas is a director of Sibling Architecture, a practice that makes people’s lives better. They do this by creating environments, experiences and strategies that respond to social needs and desires, making everyday life easier, more engaging, and more fun. Working with communities, councils and companies, Sibling design and deliver across all scales and types of building; cultural, commercial, domestic, institutional and landscape.

Our research-based approach, driven by a keen interest in culture and connectivity, strengthens each project with fresh ideas and forms.



Bree Trevena - Australasia Research Leader, Arup

Bree is Australasia Research leader for Arup Foresight, Research and Innovation. She is an experienced urban strategist working at the intersection of design, policy and planning. With an major project and policy background, Bree has worked regularly with government and agency partners including as a strategic infrastructure and precinct lead with Creative Victoria.





Dr. Kirsten Day - Director, Norman Day & Associates, Architects & Planners.

Dr Kirsten Day is a director of Norman Day + Associates, Architects & Planners, and Course Director of Interior Architecture at Swinburne University of Technology, having completed her PhD in 2015. She was an invited speaker on the subject ‘Future Design | Future Melbourne’ as part of Melbourne Design Week (2019) for the Design Institute of Australia and ongoing involvement with design and futures projects for Melbourne Knowledge Week. She organised the international ‘Conference Future Housing: Global issues Regional problems’, at Swinburne (2016) as part of the international Architecture Media Politics Society, ‘Housing Critical Futures’ conference series. In late July 2019, she is taking a new position at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Design, lecturing in Technology and Practice with a focus on future practices of architecture. Her publications, workshops, and design studios explore the themes of speculative scenarios and the impact of change, and its impact on architecture.



This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (1.5 formal points are available).




Ticket Costs
A+ Members $53
Members $60
Graduate Member $30
SONA Member $23

Non Member $90



Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street Melbourne
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



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