RMIT Architecture & Urban Design Associate Lecturer-Industry Fellow Ian Nazareth was invited by the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) to speak at the ATN Summit Workshop, organised as part of the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit in Brisbane (April 5-7, 2017). The focus was the relationship of higher education and industry that considered new perspectives on how universities prepare graduates for global careers requiring broad skills to adapt. Ian Nazareth presented the Dementia Studios project as a case study of models to enhance the student experience through a cross-disciplinary, industry engaged, design studio, while contributing conceptual and practical solutions of relevance to the complex issue of dementia in society. The project argues that the innovations required to address present and future challenges are most likely to be created through deepened cross-disciplinary practice that is situated contextually.
The panel included Louise McWhinnie (UTS), Paul Nicholls (Curtin University), Jane Andrew (UniSA) and chaired by Renee Hindmarsh (Executive Director, ATN). The session included industry perspectives from William Judge, Robotics Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Brian Hoppe, HR Director, Huawei Australia and Dr Paige Maguire, Director e-Grad School.