a huge thank you

to all the Panelists and Chairs who have taken part in Future Living Environment ArcInTex Event at AUT 2021.

Rachel Armstrong:

is tenured Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, Visiting Professor at KU Leuven, a Senior TED Fellow and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Rising Waters II confab Fellow. Researching the inner life of “things” seen and unseen, she explores and experiments with the very stuff of life. Celebrating the strangeness of the world, even though we have rendered it ordinary, she asks how we may design and build our world differently. She holds a First-Class Honours degree with 2 academic prizes from the University of Cambridge (Girton College), a medical degree from the University of Oxford (The Queen’s College), was admitted as a Member to the Royal College of New Zealand General Practitioners 2005-2015 and awarded a PhD (2014) from the University of London (Bartlett School of Architecture). She is author of a number of books including The Art of Experiment: Post-pandemic Knowledge Practices for 21st Century Architecture and Design with Rolf Hughes (2020), Experimental Architecture: Prototyping the unknown through design-led research (2019), Liquid Life: On non-linear materiality (2019), Soft Living Architecture: An alternative view of bio-informed design practice (2018) and other titles.


Dr Andrew Burgess:

is a Senior Lecturer at Huri Te Ao Hoahoanga in the School of Future Environments at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Andrew studied architecture at the University of Auckland before completing a Master of Environmental Studies from the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences and a PhD from the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. Andrew researches in the field of architecture and urbanism with a particular focus on socio-spatial systems. He has taught architectural and urban design in Japan and New Zealand.


Dr Nimish Biloria:

is an Architect and emergent technologies and design specialist with over 15 years of experience in the technologies and transdisciplinary innovation sectors across Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is currently working at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as an Associate Professor. He has an international profile within the area of Empathic Environments, which involves the study of human-environment-interaction. Under this research umbrella, he has amassed extensive research and design experience in leading multi-scalar transdisciplinary projects spanning the areas of Architecture, Smart Cities, Urban Informatics, Sustainable Mobility, Social Robotics, and Tangible and Embedded Interaction with a primary focus on enhancing human health and wellbeing.

Dr. Biloria's research involves interfacing fundamental research concerning Socio-Political and Spatio-Temporal components that shape our cities and multi-scalar applied research, which fuse a range of sensing, actuation, and design computing technologies. This interface is deemed critical for addressing pressing spatial and allied livability-related concerns. Topics ranging from Indoor and outdoor thermal comfort, Machine learning approaches to enhance active ageing in the built environment, Urban heat and its impact on wellbeing, Psychophysiological mapping in the built environment, and Agent-based modelling for simulating energy conservation, to name a few, are currently being investigated under his guidance.


Dr Donna Cleveland:

is a senior lecturer and researcher with the School of Future Environments, at Auckland University of Technology, in New Zealand. Her research engages with innovative design led strategies, interdisciplinary practice, sustainability and designing for systems change. Her areas of expertise include smart textiles application and fabrication, sustainable fashion and textiles design, and developing more effective systems of fashion textiles waste management. Her passion lies in sustainable design education and the fusion of traditional applications with emerging technologies, such as e-textiles to redefine design possibilities. 


Dr Jyoti Kalyanji:

is a design practitioner and researcher in the field of textile design with a  particular interest in knitted textile fabrication. She has a PhD from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where she currently works as a research fellow with the Textile and Design Lab, and as a lecturer with the School of Art and Design. Jyoti’s research explores strategies for accessing the advanced fabrication capabilities of digital seamless knitting technologies with particular interests in 3-dimensional form building and the use of technical fibres. Further extending the application of digitally knitted textiles into disciplines such as architecture and engineering is a key motivation of her research.


Sarah Kettley:

is Professor of Material and Design Innovation and Co-Chair of the RAFT research group at Edinburgh College of Art. Her areas of interest include research-through-design, craft as a methodology for wearable technologies, crafting tangible interfaces for the smart built environment, digital jewellery, smart textiles, theory development in craft and design, design methodology development, the anthropology of craft and design, speculative and participatory service design, the Person-Centred Approach as an ethical participatory design framework, and design for mental health and wellbeing. 

As an academic Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, she is co-developing an innovative curriculum and research initiative that will open up the design of data-driven futures to diverse communities and stakeholders, and to practices in making traditions of all kinds. At the heart of this is a critical, ethical and phronetic concern for human agency (including critique, love, and appreciation), particularly where a behavioural design paradigm is most likely to be unquestioningly applied.

She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, a founder member of the interdisciplinary Arcintex research network, and convenes the Design Research Society special interest group, tentSIG (tangible, embedded and networked technologies).


Marjan Kooroshnia:

is a colour researcher and senior lecturer in textile design at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås. Her research area is colour and light, with a focus on how they affect the process of designing dynamic surface patterns. In her PhD. project, she explored the design properties and potentials of smart colours when printed on textiles in order to expand the range of colour-changing effects offered, as well as to facilitate communication regarding, understanding of, and design with smart colours.


Frances Joseph:

is Professor of Material Futures in Huri te Ao, the School of Future Environments, and Director of the Textile and Design Lab at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She studied visual art at the University of Tasmania, majoring in sculpture, and worked professionally as an artist and designer for puppetry and large scale public performances. Frances has an MFA from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from Auckland University of Technology. Her research focus on materiality and textility includes areas of intra-active textiles, biomaterials, innovation and material ecologies.Recent projects include ‘Phenomenal Dress,’ in collaboration with Miranda Smitheram (2017 - 2020); Mapping the New Zealand Wool Innovation Ecosystem (2019 - current);and Bioforming, with Donna Cleveland (2020-current).


Dr. Stefanie Malmgren De Oliveira:

is a lecturer and researcher in fashion and textile design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, where she completed her practice-based PhD in Fashion Design in 2018. Her dissertation investigated ‘Seeing’ as methodological tool in the fashion design process as foundation for ideation and imagination. She was trained as a fashion designer at the Royal Academy of fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where she received a bachelor and a master diploma and gained professional experience at the fashion house Balenciaga in Paris. Since 2018 she coordinates the MA program in Fashion and Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles. Her work was exhibited at the Textile Museum in Borås 2018, where she curated the exhibition ‘Acts of seeing’. Current research investigates methods of reuse and remanufacturing in higher education.


Dr Dermott McMeel:

received degrees in Architecture from the Queens University in Belfast (1995, 1999) and a PhD (The Artistry of Construction) from the University of Edinburgh (2009). He is currently Head of the Department of Creative Technologies in Huri te Ao (School of Future Environments) at AUT University in New Zealand.  He previously worked in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industry at the University of Auckland. His research interests focus on the social, organisational and cultural disruption that technology causes in the built environment. He has sustained a critical enquiry into how architecture, public space and design processes are influenced by communication technology through a variety of installations, funded research, journal articles and conference publications. Dermott is currently focused on exploring opportunities presented to the design and construction sector by drones and blockchain technology.


Mitali Nautiyal:

holds an AUT Doctoral Scholarship Award and  is pursuing her PhD at AUT’s School of Art and Design. Her study focusses on the textile industry and its impact on the environment and she seeks to develop a design tool that could be easily used to assess the environmental impact of apparel products. Mitali attained her Master’s degree in Textile Design and Development and her Master of Philosophy in Clothing and Textiles in India. Prior to her recent move to Auckland, she worked in Design and Product Development roles for large textile and apparel export businesses in India. At AUT, Mitali has taken charge of the Weaving Lab in the Textile and Design Lab and has been developing woven textiles using the TC2 digital loom.

Jessica Rijkers:

is a fashion and textile designer. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Textile Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås, Sweden. Jessica wants to reframe the way we look at textiles by modifying production methods and replacing conventional ingredients, e.g. cotton, wool, and synthetic fibres, with alternatives such as bioplastic and materials sourced from waste streams. A clean and modernist approach is her signature in terms of design, and is combined with sustainable details through which she strengthens the identity of materials, re-empowering textiles.

Nick Sargent:

is a lecturer at Huri Te Ao Hoahoanga, AUT's architecture program within the School of Future Environments. He was born and raised in Ōtautahi Christchurch, also living in Wellington and Sydney, before settling in Tāmaki Makaurau to concentrate on teaching and research. Nick has a broad skillset having worked in education, architectural practice and event organisation, and is motivated in all his work to improve the social and ecological performance of the built environment.


Dr Oscar Tomico:

trained as an Industrial Engineer and specialized in innovation processes in design engineering, currently heads the Industrial Design Engineering Bachelor's Degree at Elisava and co-directs the Design for Emergent Futures Master’s Program in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalunya. He is also an part-time Assistant Professor in the Future Everyday cluster with the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology.

His research revolves around 1st Person Perspectives to Research through Designat different scales (bodies, communities and socio-technical systems). Ranging from developing embodied ideation techniques for close or on the body applications (e.g. soft wearables), contextualized design interventions to situate design practice in everyday life, or exploring the impact of future local, distributed, open and circular socio-tecnical systems of production through situated practices.

He has been involved in multiple research projects like Fuel4Design (Erasmus+, 2019), "ArcInTexETN" (H2020, 2015), "From Design Fiction to Material Science" (KIEM, 2015), "Crafting Wearables" (CLICKNL, 2013), and "Smart Textile Services" (CRISP, 2011), among others. He curated exhibitions such as the "Systems Design – Eindhoven School" at Design Hub Museum (Barcelona, Spain 2012) and the "Speculate, collaborate, define – textile thinking for future ways of living" exhibition at Textile Museum (Borås, Sweden, 2017).


Dr. Anne Toomey:

As Head of the Textiles Programme at the Royal College of Art, Anne Toomey leads a team of expert specialist staff and 130+  postgraduate students working at the creative interface between materials, making and meaning. Their focus is innovation that impacts and spans across many sectors, exploring new territories for the twenty-first century Textiles specialist. 

  Under her leadership, the Textiles Programme has established the Soft Systems Research Group whose remit includes the following: 

•       An exploration of the way that our SOFT material world resonates with the human condition to           find new opportunities involving human interfaces, user acceptance and experience. 

•       Concerned with affective and sensory material values within a technological landscape. 

•    Developing innovative processes, surfaces, structures to reimagine our relationships with     


•       Incorporating aspects of advanced materials into a textile led approach to design 

•     A Design-Led Interrogation of Graphene & 2D materials to develop a platform of material

        formats for Designers 

•      Bridge the gap between lab and manufacture 


Anne is a textiles specialist with national and international experience in research-based design, product development, manufacture and student centered education. As a design researcher, her research questions and challenges the role of new materials and fabrication technologies in Design for the 21st century. 


Kathy Waghorn:

is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at Huri Te Ao / The School of Future Environments at AUT. Her research and practice is located at the intersection of art, architecture and urban research. Kathy has delivered complex, speculative and multi-disciplinary projects in exhibition, publication and event-based formats. As co-founder of the collective Hoop-la, she collaborates with others to develop civic engagement initiatives in Tāmaki Makuarau Auckland. 



Associate Professor Amanda Monehu Yates:

[Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Aitanga a Mahakai, Rongowhakaata] works with Councils, Iwi and communites exploring place-based indigenous-led strategies and actions for holistic urban wellbeing in an era of climate and biodiversity emergency. Interactive workshops with partners are a key method in her research, within Kaupapa Māori and co-creative methodologies. Design-research methods such as visualisations, installations, activations, and case studies help to realise and test out transformative theory in place. Amanda is an Associate Professor and the director of He Puna Ora | Emergent Ecologies Lab, an urban wellbeing activation lab based in AUT’s Huri te Ao, the School of Future Environments. She was a project leader for Tranche 1 of the New Zealand National Science Challenge (project - Mauri ora and urban wellbeing: A holistic approach to neighbourhood transformation) and is now programme leader for Tranche 2  of the Urban Wellbeing programme.