The brief

To develop a major capstone project across two terms using applied research, investigation and reflection on the nature of contemporary design practice to inform a self-initiated project.

Student reflection

This work for Design Studio 5 and 6 has valuably informed my emerging practice in the field of non-human design; allowing me to critically engage in the environmental sustainability of threatened Australian wildlife.

My Major Project 'Quoll House' is a terrestrial habitat concept design created specifically for the endangered Spotted-Tailed Quoll, our second largest carnivorous marsupial in Australia. Constructed from an interlocking system of terracotta tiles, this functional shelter ultimately aims to regenerate the loss of vital Quoll habitat and provide protection from feral predators.

Pivotal to this interdisciplinary project has been my utilisation of design degree learning; integrating my skills from Object and Experience specialisations with the support of conservation research. Overall, Quoll House draws significant insight into how design can support the field of conservation. The Major Project has also established meaningful opportunities, initiating my journey towards future career pathways.


Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.