Mrs Chloe Cassidy

Mrs Chloe Cassidy

Associate Lecturer

Bachelor of Design

Master of Design

PhD Candidate

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Chloe is an Education Forcussed lecturer in the School of Art and Design, teaching in integrated and collaborative design programs across Bachelor, Honours, and Masters degrees. Chloe's particular interest lies in fostering a transdisciplinary approach to integrate somaesthetic and imaginal sensitivities to advance the field of trauma-integrated design. Her profound understanding of the vital role of protective and compensatory experiences and how these may be cultivated in empathetic, creative, and meaning-making experiences underscores her commitment to socially engaged design and the way she approaches design education. Chloe's pedagogical approach is deeply rooted in fostering enriching learning environments and adopting a strengths-based approach to empower students to thrive in the dynamic design industry.   

Chloe's commitment to education, research, and transformative design experiences extends beyond the classroom, with her creative outputs having been exhibited at Venice Biennale, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (St Kilda Sea Baths, Melbourne), Hidden: Rookwood Sculpture Walk (Sydney), the UNICEF Designers Unite Against AIDS Blue String Campaign, in various solo and group shows in Sydney and Melbourne, and by the International Artists and Climate Change Organisation. Chloe's transdisciplinary expertise has also been deployed in collaborative roles demonstrating the transformative power of art and design, including: Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and Randwick Children’s Hospital School, Fairfield Multicultural Health Services together with STARRTS and Opera Australia Choir Projects, Exodus Foundation Kaleidoscope Art Program, and the Rowing Australia GrOW program in rehabilitation and juvenile justice facilities and in Sydney. 

As a recipient of an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and member of UNSW's Big Anxiety Research Centre (BARC), Chloe's forthcoming PhD in trauma-integrated design, reaffirms her dedication to advancing innovative research at the intersection of mental health and design.


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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Cassidy C, 2021, 'Healing, Reverie and Somaesthetic Anchors: Designing objects of soft fascination to move from fight and flight, to flow and flourish', Journal of Somaesthetics, 7, pp. 27 - 50,
  • Conference Abstracts | 2023
    Mills E; Cassidy C; Watson KT; Jones MI; Goddard S; Vickers C, 2023, 'Leveraging innovation using MSTeams in mixed modal learning spaces to develop an equitable and engaged scalable cross-disciplinary teaching model', in HERDSA 2023 Annual Conference Onsite Oral Abstract Book, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, pp. 138 - 138, presented at Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Annual Conference, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 04 July 2023 - 07 July 2023,
    Conference Presentations | 2022
    Cassidy C, 2022, 'Traversing the Landscape of the Soul', presented at 7th Transdisciplinary Conference on Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture: The Nomadic Image, Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan - University of Central Asia on its Naryn campus, 22 September 2022 - 25 September 2022,

Co-investigator in UNSW Education Focussed School Grant (2022) 'Leveraging innovations using MSTeams in mixed modal learning spaces to develop an equitable and engaged scalable cross-disciplinary teaching model' together with Emma Mills (Project Lead), Karin Watson, Dr Mark Ian Jones, Stephen Goddard and Dr Carly Vickers.

"... a reflective teaching pilot was undertaken in the discipline of Design at an Australian research-intensive university. The aim was to prototype an equitable and engaged learning space in a mixed modal delivery using MS Teams, incorporating the teaching innovations developed “on the fly” during the online delivery of curriculum in 2020."

2020 - 2023 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

2010 UNSW Deans List for Academic Excellence 

2009 Nominee Design Institute of Australia NSW/ACT Graduate of the Year

2009 Nominee Design Now! Object Gallery Award

2007 Winner of Inaugural 'BODY Fledgling Designer Project’ Australia

2020   Ode To Gaia, on International Artist and Climate Change          

2020   Study in Healing and Study in Grounding exhibited at BOLTSpace, Maitland               

2018   Still Chasing the Sun Exhibition at Bamboo Buddha, Central Coast, Australia               

2012   Elf:Eleven Contributing designer to Archrival’s Arena Calcetto, Venice Biennale, Italy

2012  Chasing the Sun Exhibition at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick                     

2012  Transcendence II at Hidden: Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2012, Rookwood                   

2012  Transcendence Solo Exhibition at Ku Ring Gai Art Centre Gallery, Sydney                     

2011  Metal Memories and Steampunk Dreams Polymorph Gallery, Newtown, Sydney      
2011  Curator of Friends’ FoNAS Group Show, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick           
2011  Love Moments Group Art Show at Art Moment Gallery, Bondi, Sydney                        

2009   PHM09 Penthouse Mouse Exhibition at The Capital, Melbourne                                    
2009   Curator of Exodus Foundation Kaleidoscope Project at Exodus Hall Ashfield, Sydney 

2007   UNICEF Designers Unite Against AIDS Blue String Appeal, The Westin Hotel, Sydney 

2006   Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. By invitation at St Kilda Sea Baths, Melbourne

2006   Watt? Exhibition Group Show at Kudos Gallery, Sydney   


My Teaching

FADA2020 Design Collaboration Studio 2

DDES1000 Design Studio 1 Design Fundamentals / Design Narratives

DDES2100 Design Studio 3 Collaborative Industry Project

DDES2101 Design Studio 4 Interdisciplinary Design Project

DDES4200 Design Research Methods and Theory (Honours)

DDES4201 Design Honours Studio

ADAD9114 Research Foundations in Art and Design

SDES9203 Entrepreneurship and Creativity

SDES9210 Critical Approaches to Design

SDES9211 Culture and Identity

SDES9213 Design Studio A

SDES9214 Design Studio B

SDES3414 Integrated Project - Royal Doulton Collaboration