4. What would you say most motivates you to do what you do?
I’m learning something new all the time and that excites me! People often have the impression that research and teaching is mundane, but I think that’s because they assume we’re doing the same things day in and out. But my work transcends the public, private and 3rd sector. I look at blending boundaries in creative ways, finding new perspectives to things. That’s hardly boring!
5. What would most people not know about you?
Contrary to my serious appearance/ demeanour, I’m actually quite adventurous. Rollercoasters, scuba-diving, traveling and exploring new places and cultures… These are some things that get my adrenaline pumping! I also did competitive ice skating once upon a time, and I used to play the piano and clarinet.
6. What are your goals for the future? How do you hope to contribute back to the design sector?
As a researcher and educator, I believe that the value of design is not only in problem-solving but in its approach to framing the challenge to develop creative concepts. The challenge though, is in articulating how our design approach can be attuned to business acumen. This is where I see a gap, and hope to be that bridge in advocating for design to be that vehicle in blending boundaries.
This is where my fascination with design-driven transdisciplinarity comes in! I also hope that we would see more progressive models in higher education, where design can play a central role (outside of the design school). This is how I see future designers being able to navigate their roles as "translators/ chameleons" — switching between their own disciplinary knowledge and facilitating a collective understanding amongst stakeholders and actors of interconnected, complex problems.