Powerhouse Museum today announced Sydney Design Week 2022, an annual highlight for Australia’s design community. UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA) is proud to be a partner in this year’s seven-day public program and contributes to the Week Making Now with an ADA-partnered keynote, Making Massive Action, from Bruce Mau, hands on workshops by iCinema and Art & Design Student exhibitions.

ADA academics and students, as well as visiting designers Bruce Mau and Bisi Williams, will showcase their design work and ideas as part of the seven-day program of exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops. 

‘UNSW has a long running relationship with Sydney Design Week, which ADA have been really excited to continue this year along with the Massive Action Sydney collaboration,’ says Claire Annesley, Dean of ADA. 

Explore the below Sydney Design Week events to see sessions featuring ADA academics and students: 

Visionary designer, author, educator and artist Bruce Mau is a brilliantly creative optimist whose love of thorny problems led him to create a methodology for life-centred design. Bruce Mau will present a keynote on his design-thinking methodology for whole-system transformation, drawing on 30 years of design innovation and collaboration with leading brands, heads of state and renowned artists. Bruce Mau’s keynote forms part of a broader collaborative partnership between ADA and the Massive Change Network. See Bruce’s keynote at Powerhouse Ultimo on 18 September, all the details here

UNSW ADA’s iCinema will present its revolutionary stage design modelling system, iDesign, in a series of public and industry hands-on workshops during Sydney Design Week. UNSW ADA’s iCinema opens its state-of-the-art 360-degree 3D cinema, AVIE, to the public as part of Sydney Design Week 2022. Used by theatre designers in tandem with the University’s ‘iDesign’ research program, the cinema helps create omni-directional virtual ‘twins’ of theatre spaces in 1:1 scale that can be edited remotely via laptop or tablet connection. Used by leading Australian companies, including Sydney Theatre Company, it leverages cinematic scale to visualise sets as if you are physically immersed in them. Public workshops will offer the rare opportunity to explore AVIE in iCinema’s 360-degree 3D cinema in the John Niland Scientia Building on UNSW’s Kensington campus. While workshops on September 15 will allow design professionals and students to try out the system, those held on September 16 will introduce iDesign to the general public by demonstrating the system in action based on STC’s productions of Playing Beatie Bow (2021) and Storm Boy (2013/15). Registrations necessary – all the details here.

Two senior undergraduate students from ADA’s School of Art & Design were selected to exhibit alongside established designers in Making Now. Contemporary jeweller Justin Kong and textile maker Jiaying Qian are in the process of producing their graduating work and their selection for Sydney Design Week demonstrates the calibre of work produced by the School.



For further information about Bruce Mau and Massive Action Sydney, contact the innovationhub@unsw.edu.au