Jacqueline Power

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Jacqueline Power

Lecturer and Degree Coordinator

Room IC116, School of Architecture and Design, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4089 (phone)

Dr Jacqueline Power is a lecturer and Degree Coordinator in the School of Architecture and Design. She has research interests in both the disciplines of interior architecture and product design. Jacqueline’s interior architecture research focuses on classical Australian Indigenous buildings and interior environments, and models of interiority. Her collaborative product design research explores storytelling in design, co-design models and design frameworks. In her teaching, Jacqueline adopts a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating the knowledge gained through her research.


Jacqueline graduated in interior architecture and subsequently worked in practice in the Heritage Group of the NSW Government Architect's Office. In 2008, she commenced a doctorate at the University of New South Wales. Her thesis, 'South-East Australian Indigenous Space and its Cosmological Origins', examined notions of interior, interiority and cosmology in relation to classical Australian Indigenous buildings. In 2011, she joined the School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania as a lecturer in interior design and in 2014 commenced in the role of Degree Coordinator. In 2016 Jacqueline completed a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.

Career summary


DegreeThesis TitleUniversity Country Date of Award
GradCertULT University of TasmaniaAustralia2016
PhDSouth-East Australian Indigenous Space and its Cosmological OriginsUniversity of New South WalesAustralia2014
BIA (1st Class Hons) University of New South WalesAustralia

Administrative expertise

Jacqueline is the Degree Coordinator within the School of Architecture and Design. She is a member of the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee and has an Academic Senate nominated positon on the Student Experience Committee.‚Ä®Previously, Jacqueline was a School representative on the SET Faculty Board.


Design fundamentals, design research methods, dissertation writing, furniture and product selection.

Teaching expertise

In 2016 Jacqueline was awarded a Teaching Merit Certificate in recognition for her teaching practice at the University of Tasmania. She completed her study for a Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching in 2016, which has further refined Jacqueline’s teaching practice and methodologies. Jacqueline’s study for her GradCertULT included having her teaching peer reviewed and developing skills in technology-enhanced learning and teaching.   

Jacqueline contributes to a number of units within the Bachelor of Environmental Design and Honours courses and regularly teaches within the design studio stream. Jacqueline often co-teaches in her classes and seeks to introduce her students to a range of perspectives and design approaches. She adopts an active learning or experiential learning approach to engage students in her classes.

In 2016, Jacqueline and a team from the School of Architecture and Design and the School of Physical Sciences were awarded a Teaching Development Grant to rethink the relationship between the design workshop and the science laboratory.

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Jacqueline carries out research in the fields of interior architecture and product design. Her interior architecture research focuses on Australian Indigenous buildings and environments, and formed the focus of her doctorate. Jacqueline is also involved in collaborative research in the field of product design. This research explores how designers can create products that are more meaningful for users and ways users can be involved in the completion of products.

Research Themes

Jacqueline's research aligns to the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research interests include Australian Indigenous buildings and environments. This formed the focus of her PhD thesis which investigated south-east Australian Indigenous space. Jacqueline’s research also explores Aboriginal agency in civic events. Jacqueline’s research has appeared in journals such as Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, the Journal of Interior Design and Fabrications.

Jacqueline is also involved in cross-institutional research in the field of product design. Her collaborative research with industrial design academic and practitioner Rina Bernabei, explores how designers can create product stories that are meaningful for users. This research culminated in an exhibition called Stories in Form in 2012 at Object: Australian Centre for Design of which Jacqueline was the curator. Jacqueline and Rina are also investigating the emerging field of bio-design and how this new practice intersects with established design frameworks and methodologies.


Jacqueline undertakes collaborative research in product design. This research contributes to the design discourse around product ideation, design process and the story of how a designer translates a product story from initial research to manufacture.


Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

Current projects

Jacqueline is currently undertaking a collaborative research project that explores the ways designers undertake inquiry and investigation from a design practice perspective.

Fields of Research

  • Industrial Design (120305)
  • Architectural History and Theory (120103)
  • Interior Design (120106)
  • Design Innovation (120302)
  • Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)

Research Objectives

  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Furniture (869901)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Wood, Wood Products and Paper (860599)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Education and Training Theory and Methodology (939902)
  • Manufacturing (869999)


Jacqueline has presented and published in interior design/interior architecture forums such as the Situation Symposium and Interiors: Design Architecture Culture journal. Her collaborative research has been presented at international forums and conferences.

Total publications


Journal Article

(7 outputs)
2017Power J, Norrie H, 'Australian triumphal arches and settler colonial cultural narratives', Fabrications, 27, (1) pp. 71-99. ISSN 1033-1867 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10331867.2016.1262716 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Norrie H


2016Power J, 'Australian palawa buildings: rethinking interiors and their representation', Journal of Interior Design, 41, (3) pp. 15-32. ISSN 1071-7641 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/joid.12074 [eCite] [Details]


2015Bernabei R, Power J, 'Illuminating design research: shining light on the academic designer', Industrial Design Educators Network, (3) pp. 55-75. ISSN 2200-6834 (2015) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2014Power J, 'Interior space: representation, occupation, well-being and interiority', 30 Elisava Temes de Disseny, November 2014 pp. 11-19. ISSN 1889-5913 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

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2010Power J, 'Healthy Buildings of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Peoples', Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, 1, (3) pp. 245-264. ISSN 2041-9112 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2752/204191210X12875837764138 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2010Power J, 'Thrice: Blurring Demarcation between Inside and Out', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 4, (1) pp. 291-301. ISSN 1833-1874 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Power J, 'Classical Period of Australian Indigenous Interiors: Shaping of Space and Interiority', Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 3, (1) pp. 357-367. ISSN 1833-1874 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2011Bernabei R, Freeman K, Power J, 'The Value of Storytelling in Product Design', Handbook of Research on Trends in Product Design and Development: Technological and Organizational Perspectives, IGI Global, Arlindo Silva, Ricardo Simoes (ed), Pennsylvania, USA, pp. 447-460. ISBN 978-1-61520-617-9 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-617-9 [eCite] [Details]


Conference Publication

(14 outputs)
2017Bernabei R, Power J, 'Personalisation from a design practice perspective', Product Lifetimes And The Environment 2017 - Conference Proceedings, 08-10 November 2017, Delft, The Netherlands, pp. 37-40. ISBN 9781614998198 (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-820-4-37 [eCite] [Details]


2016Bernabei R, Power J, 'Living designs', Biometric and Biohybrid Systems: 5th International Conference, Living Machines 2016, 19-22 July 2016, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 40-47. ISSN 0302-9743 (2016) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42417-0_4 [eCite] [Details]


2015Bernabei R, Power J, Hunyor K, 'Stories in Form exhibition: a collaborative case study of design research', IASDR2015 Interplay Proceedings, 02-05 November 2015, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 189-200. ISBN 978-0-646-94318-3 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Mate K, Power J, Trenos H, 'A sensory meal: a performative interior design and theatre collaboration', Proceedings of the 8th International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, 02-03 October 2015, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 46-52. ISBN 978-0-473-33710-0 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Mate K; Trenos H

2014Power J, 'The liminality of interiority: Australian indigenous cosmological space', SITUATION Symposium and Exhibition Proceedings, 31 July-03 August 2014, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 88-90. ISBN 978-0-9808101-3-4 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Bernabei R, Power J, 'Designing together: end-user collaboration in designing a personalised product', 10th European Academy of Design Conference, 17-19 April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden, pp. 1 - 12. ISBN 978-91-979541-5-0 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Power J, 'Future scenarios for interior design: learning now and into the future', IFI GIEOF - DFIE Asia Region Education Symposium 2013, 3-4 October 2013, Sydney, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Power J, Bernabei R, 'Stories in Form: a product design exhibition inspired by academic research', Discursive Space, 20-23 June 2013, Toronto Canada, pp. 67-70. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Power J, Bernabei R, 'Personalised mass manufactured products: a possibility or a contradiction', Praxis + Poetics: Research Through Design 2013 Conference Proceedings, 3-5 September 2013, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, pp. 112-115. ISBN 9780954958794 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Bernabei R, Power J, 'Differentiating co-design and mass customisation from a user completion model within the realm of product design', Design Creativity 2012, 18-20 September, Glasgow, Scotland, pp. 227-233. ISBN 978-1-904670-40-7 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Bernabei R, Freeman K, Power J, 'Connecting education, practice and research: creating meaningful products within an industrial design studio using a product narrative framework', Diversity and Unity, 31 October - 4 November, Delft, The Netherlands, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-94-6190-719-6 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Bernabei R, Power J, 'Using a Narrative Framework in an Industrial Design Studio to Create Meaningful Products', Proceedings of ConnectED 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Design Education, 28 June - 1 July, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-0-646-54506-6 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Power J, 'Australian Indigenous Interiority and Cosmology', The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Traditional Dwellings and Settlements working paper series - Imaginary Utopias, 15-18 December 2010, Beirut, Lebanon, pp. 2-28. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Bernabei R, Freeman K, Power J, 'Communicating with Light and Shadow: Bernabeifreeman's Ema and Ziya exhibition luminaires', Designing Designers: Where Does Light Move To? Lighting Design Innovation Scenarios, 25 April, Milan, pp. 71-82. ISBN 978-88-387-4358-0 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2012Power J, 'curator, Stories in Form', Object: Australian Centre for Design, Sydney (2012) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2012Bernabei R, Power J, 'Dovetailing Furniture and Design Thinking', University of Tasmania, Tasmania, pp. 1 (2012) [Catalogue]

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(1 outputs)
2013Power J, 'South-east Australian Indigenous space and its cosmological origin' (2013) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Neville Smith Forest Products Colour Project (2017 - 2018)$6,000
Neville-Smith Forest Products (NSFP) have requested a project that aligns their Tasmanian Oak resource with current trending colour palettes for the built environment. The aim of this project is to develop contemporary interior colour themes for NSFP Tasmanian Oak from research evidence based themes. Post project iterations may consider future colour trends.
Neville Smith Forest Products ($6,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Power J; Mate KJH; Lee MW
2017 - 2018
In collaboration with Wadi Wadi Traditional Owners facilitated by the Wadi Wadi Board (2017)$9,937
The aim of this project is to document and convey the importanceof Ring Trees for Wadi Wadi Traditional Owners and share thisknowledge through an engaging and accessible exhibition.
University of Tasmania ($9,937)
Grant-CCS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Power J

Research Supervision

Jacqueline would like to supervise HDR candidates with previous study or practice experience in interior design/interior architecture and with a research interest in culture and design. Applicants must have a strong track record and very good overall English.




PhDSpatial Dramaturgy of Contemporary Live Music Performance2016