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Dr. Kirsten Day

Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

School of Design
Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design

B.Arch Hons (RMIT), Doctor of Philosophy, ARB(Victoria)

Tel: +61 3 9214 3897

Office: AMDC907

PhD (Swinburne). M Design (upgraded- Swinburne), B Arch (RMIT)

Architect – Reg. ARBV


Kirsten Day is a lecturer in Interior Architecture in the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design. Her research emerges from 20 years working as an architect, in-situ examination and exploration, and an abiding interest in Asia generally and especially Chinese culture and history.

This research includes:

  • Ageing in Place
  • Architectural practice – specifically the role of architects in the future competing with emergent technologies, patents and copyright and subsequent influences on the design of place, specialisation of skills (including outsourcing of tasks), and other consultants with a similar skill set.
  • Future housing – linkage with Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) and associated conferences and publications
  • Cultural identity represented in architecture – specifically how fengshui is used outside of traditional practice


Kirsten’s PhD thesis, Fengshui as a Narrative of localisation: Case studies of contemporary architecture in Hong Kong and Shanghai examined how fengshui and other traditional beliefs are used in contemporary architecture both as an expression of cultural identity and the branding of place. Her experiences living in Asia, as a student and later as a professional architect, provided an opportunity over many years to investigate her research topics.

Kirsten is a registered architect in the state of Victoria/Australia, and is principal architect with Norman Day + Associates. She has worked on numerous projects in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Information on the practice:

Her teaching and management responsibilities include construction, professional practice and research skills. She also tutors the honours year design Capstone for Interior Architecture (12 month design thesis).

In partnership with Architecture Media Politics Society (London) during 2016, Kirsten is organising and curating the conference ‘Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems’. The conference will be held at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus and hosted by the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design and the Centre for Design Innovation.

Forming part of a global programme, Housing-Critical Futures, ‘Global Cities and Regional Problems’ focuses on housing in the growing global cities of the Asia Pacific Region. Presentation, workshop and pecha kucha sessions debate issues including

  • Housing 2030 and business as usual scenarios
  • Increasing population and density of the city
  • Design for an ageing population
  • Downsizing
  • Housing affordability
  • Social justice
  • Appropriate response to disaster situations
  • Complexity of reconstruction and rebuilding

This conference brings together academics and professionals from different countries and disciplines to discuss and examine how future housing can be imagined, designed and planned to address these issues.

She is currently co-editing From Conflict to Inclusion in Housing: Perspectives on the Interaction of Communities, Residents and Activists with the Politics of the Home with Georgios Artopoulos (The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia) for University College London, and is co-authoring a source book on Architectural Practice in the Asian Pacific regional context.



Email address: [email protected]