About

The Design History Australia Research Network (DHARN) website comprises original research, links to existing research and resources, and primary material related to Australian design and culture. Interested scholars and practitioners are welcome to contribute in the form of formal essays, online publication of primary documents and images or by commenting on material on the website (see Contact for details on contributing to DHARN). Through a series of case studies of designers, objects, institutions and companies, DHARN aims to make pedagogical and scholarly content freely and widely available and to become a coherent and central presence for Australian design history.

People

Conveners

Dr Denise Whitehouse
Independent Design Historian, Design Writings

Denise is a design and cultural historian engaged in building a critical discourse about the history of Australian design as a practice and mode of cultural production. Her essay, “The State of Design History as a Discipline”, which features in D. Brody and H. Clark (eds.) 2009 Design Studies; A Reader, Berg, New York, has been translated into Spanish by Dr Isabel Campi. An award winning educator Denise is currently shifting her focus totally to research and publication. Her current project is a monograph of the designers Grant and Mary Featherston.

Dr Daniel Huppatz
Senior Lecturer, Interior Design, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Dan is a design and cultural historian with wide ranging interests in architecture and interior design, Australian design and modern Asian design. He is currently working on a four volume reference text, Design: Primary and Critical Sources, for Berg Publications.

Blog: Critical Cities: Reflections on 21st Century Culture

Content Manager and Producer

Karen Fermo
Independent Curator and Director, Kart Projects

Karen Fermo is an independent curator and co-director of Kart Projects. After studying architecture, Karen completed a Master of Art Curatorship with a focus on curating design and architecture. This direction reflects a broad interest in the culture of design – the way design intersects and enriches everyday life. Karen is also a lecturer in the Interior Architecture program at Swinburne University with teaching interests in design history and entrepreneurship and professional development.

Website: Kart Projects

Network Founding Members/Advisory Panel

Dr Kathleen Connellan
Senior Lecturer and Portfolio Leader Research, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia

Senior Lecturer and Portfolio Leader Research, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. Kathleen's research includes critical race theory and its link with the representation of visual culture, and investigating Modernism and meaning in design, including structure and control, whiteness and colour theory, rationalism, and the avant-garde's impact upon design Contemporary design issues.

Professor Kate Darian-Smith
Professor of Australian Studies and History Chair, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts; and Professor of Cultural Heritage, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Kate Darian-Smith has published widely on a range of topics in Australian social and cultural history, especially in the areas of war and Australian society, childhood studies and history and memory. Her research in cultural and urban heritage investigates ideas of community, society and the built environment in Australia. Recent publications include Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage (co-edited with Carla Pascoe, 2013) and Conciliation on Colonial Frontiers: Conflict, Performance and Commemoration in Australia and the Pacific Rim (co-edited with Penelope Edmonds, 2015).

Professor Peter McNeil
Director of Graduate Programmes and Researcher Education, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building University of Technology, Sydney

Peter is Professor of Design History at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University. He is an Investigator within Fashioning the Early Modern: Innovation and Creativity in Europe, 1500-1800, a HERA funded project and leads a UTS Partner Grant, Dressing Sydney, with the Sydney Jewish Museum. He is editor and co-editor of eight works on fashion, including Shoes (with G Riello, 2006; 2011); and the award winners: Critical and Primary Sources in Fashion (4 vols, Berg, 2009) and The Fashion History Reader (Routledge, with G Riello, 2010).

Professor Prof Suzette Worden
Ex-Professor of Design, Curtin University

Suzette is an independent researcher whose work considers the materiality of design by examining the historical significance of materials for design in Australia and the social implications of technology where the innovative use of traditional materials is combined with the use of new technologies. The materials – wool, timber and aluminum – have distinct economic and social relevance to Western Australia. She has been active in developing collaborative research projects related to Western Australian resources. The 'Wool and Comfort' project was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia (DAFWA).Suzette is an independent researcher whose work considers the materiality of design by examining the historical significance of materials for design in Australia and the social implications of technology where the innovative use of traditional materials is combined with the use of new technologies. The materials – wool, timber and aluminum – have distinct economic and social relevance to Western Australia. She has been active in developing collaborative research projects related to Western Australian resources. The 'Wool and Comfort' project was conducted in collaboration with researchers at the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia (DAFWA).

Nanette Carter
Lecturer Design Society and Culture, School of Design, FHAD, Swinburne University of Technology

Currently enrolled in a PhD at The University of Melbourne in the School of Historical Studies and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, Nanette's PhD research is on the lively culture of do-it-yourself homebuilding and furnishing in Australia between 1946 and 1966 that was a response to post-war shortages of housing, labour and materials. Her other research interests include Modernist design, the design of retail spaces, contemporary design in general, and prefabrication for housing affordability and emergency shelter. Nanette has curated two exhibitions about design: Pen to Pixel: 100 Years of Design at Swinburne at Chapel off Chapel Gallery in 2008 and Savage Luxury: Modernist Design in Melbourne 1930-1939 for Heide Museum of Modern Art in Bulleen in 2007, both accompanied by catalogues documenting the research.

Dr Margaret Woodward
Associate Professor of Design and Associate Dean (Research) Research, Faculty of Arts, Charls Sturt University, Australia.

Margaret is co-founder of the Creative Regions Lab at Charles Sturt and her interdisciplinary research connects key fields of design, heritage interpretation, geography, tourism and agriculture. Margaret uses her creative practice to explore culture iconography through designed artefacts such as tourist ephemera, souvenirs and heritage interpretation centres. Margaret is a member of the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) research centre at Charles Sturt University.

Links to other design history

Design History Society

Design Studies Forum

Design History Foundation

ICDHS: International Committee on Design History and Design Studies