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Ms Kirsty Máté

Kirsty Máté

Senior Lecturer, Program Director (Interior Design)

Room IC216, Architecture & Design, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4074 (phone)

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Kirsty.Mate@utas.edu.au

Kirsty Máté is passionate about interior design and sustainable design – believing that this under-recognised profession has a crucial role to play in providing motivating spaces for the wellbeing of people and the planet. As an Australian pioneer in sustainable design and therefore very much aware of the struggle to bring new ideas to the mainstream, she sees education as a key element to creating a shift in thinking and the perfect forum for new concepts in interior design such as total sensory immersion.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeUniversityCountryDate of Award
MDesignUniversity of Technology SydneyAustralia2000
BArchUniversity of NSWAustralia1987

Biography

Kirsty has been at the leading edge of sustainability and design since the early 1990s. She has worked as a senior interior designer in Australia and Germany in commercial interior and exhibition design. Her sustainable design consultancy, EcoBalance, included many high profile clients such as Fuji Xerox, Lend Lease, Westpac and ACCOR Asia Pacific. She developed and organised the first Australian sustainable design 'expo' MADE Accountable in 1995 at Darling Harbour, Sydney and has served as Convenor of the Society for Responsible Design. She has also held the position of Principal Research & Development Officer in Sydney (based at UTS) for the Centre for Design at RMIT. 

Kirsty has 20 years of experience in tertiary education. Her most recent past position was as Head of Program for Interior Architecture at the University of NSW. In her current position as Program Director for Interior Design at the University of Tasmania, she is responsible for the direction and overall pedagogy of the Interior Design Program. Kirsty is currently completing a PhD at UTAS on sustainable consumerism and the design of shopping scapes.

Research Themes

With over 25 years of experience in sustainable design, Kirsty's research interests extend to a variety of areas involved in commercial sustainable design including furniture, materials, indoor air quality and physical and psychological well-being. Her PhD topic focuses on the impact that new ways of sustainable consumerism will have on the design of shopping 'scapes'. As part of this research, she created the ongoing Bye Buy! project that involves setting up temporary shops in Launceston to test new ideas of consumerism. 

Kirsty is also exploring how the expanding field of edible materials used in packaging and fashion items could be translated into edible interiors. She is excited by the prospect of people (or animals) eating interior spaces, especially temporary ones such as exhibitions when they are no longer needed. She has published several peer reviewed papers for a number of international conferences and industry journals, has been a chief investigator for an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, and written on sustainable issues for various publications including ten years of regular articles for InDesign, an Australian industry design journal magazine.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • 2013 - 2015: Councillor – Tasmania Liaison & Design Education Liaison for the Vic/Tas Branch of the Design Institute of Australia
  • Design Institute of Australia
  • Director of IDEA (Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association)
  • Board member of the Tasmanian Design Alliance

Committee associations

  • Course Advisory Committee Bach Interior Design – Enmore TAFE
  • Editorial Committee - international journal Architecture Media Politics Society

Administrative expertise

Kirsty is currently the Program Director for Interior Design at UTAS. She has organised public conferences, a public lecture series and an industry expo of over 50 exhibitors. She has convened a community organisation for 4 years and managed her own business for over 10 years.  In her professional capacity Kirsty has designed and project managed large interior fitouts, commercial launches and international trade exhibitions. She was the Head of Program for Interior Architecture at UNSW which involved being responsible for all teaching staff, the budget for the program and over 300 students.

Teaching

Interior Design, Sustainable design

Teaching expertise

Kirsty was responsible for implementing the new Bachelor of Environmental Design (Interior Design) Degree at UTAS in 2010, and designing and implementing the Bachelor of Environmental Design Honours (Interior Design) in 2012.   

As such she has been intimately involved in not only the design of the interior courses but each of the interior design specific units.

Teaching responsibility

As Program Director Kirsty is responsible for the overall pedagogy of the Interior Design Program.   

As well as overseeing the units within the Bachelor of Environmental Design, (Interior Design) and the Interior Design Honours degree, Kirsty contributes to a number of units, however this tends to change annually. Kirsty is currently responsible for unit co-ordination for the following:

 Bachelor of Environmental Design (Interior Design):   

Kirsty co-coordinates these units in the Interior Design Honours degree with Dr Jacqueline Power: 

and also teaches in the Bachelor of Environmental Design Honours by research.

Research Appointments

1996-1997: Principal Research and Development Officer, Centre for Design at RMIT (based at UTS)

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Expertise

  • Commercial Interior Design and well being
  • Design for a sustainable future
  • Sustainable consumerism and the design of shopping scapes

Awards

 Best Student Paper Award – ANZASCA Conference 2007 (co-authored paper with Perry Forsythe)

Fields of Research

  • Interior Design (120106)
  • Chemical Engineering (090499)

Research Objectives

  • Wholesale and Retail Trade (900204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Construction Materials Performance and Processes (870399)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • Wood, Wood Products and Paper (860599)
  • Consumption (910201)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Cement and Concrete Materials (870301)
  • Cement and Concrete Materials (861001)

Publications

Total publications

27

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2013Journal ArticleMate K, 'Community-oriented consumption and opportunities for change in shopping centre/mall design', Revista Lusofona de Arquitectura e Educacao, 8-9 pp. 543-560. ISSN 1646-6756 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Journal ArticleMate K, 'Changing the way we shop', Ottagono, 265 pp. 61-63. ISSN 0391-7487 (2013) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2013Chapter in BookMate Kirsty, 'Remediating shopping centres for sustainability', Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: A Socio-Political View on Building Adaptation, Libri Publishing, Graham Cairns (ed), Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, pp. 53-76. ISBN 9781907471735 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Mate K, 'Community-oriented consumption and opportunities for change in shopping centre/mall design', Revista Lusofona de Arquitectura e Educacao, 8-9 pp. 543-560. ISSN 1646-6756 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Mate K, 'Changing the way we shop', Ottagono, 265 pp. 61-63. ISSN 0391-7487 (2013) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2012Mate KJH, 'Edible interiors', D*Hub pp. 1-3. ISSN 0312-6013 (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2011Mate K, 'Meeting the challenge of social responsibility down under: how shopping centres can help Australians live equitably together on the planet', Retail Property Insights, International Council of Shopping Centres, 18, (2) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1043-5395 (2011) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Mate K, 'The ByeBuy! Shop - testing shopping scapes in a circular economy', Emerald Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Trash to treasure - how to use recycled materials to their advantage, and when not to', How to Rethink Building Materials: Creating Ecological Housing for the Designer, Builder and Homeowner, CL Creations, D Clarke (ed), Australia, pp. 30-31. ISBN 978 0 98054 298 1 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Fitting out interiors - the use of furniture and furnishings for a sustainable design', How to Rethink Building Materials: Creating Ecological Housing for the Designer, Builder and Homeowner, CL Creations, D Clarke (ed), Australia, pp. 50-51. ISBN 978 0 98054 298 1 (2014) [Other Book Chapter]

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2013Mate Kirsty, 'Remediating shopping centres for sustainability', Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: A Socio-Political View on Building Adaptation, Libri Publishing, Graham Cairns (ed), Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, pp. 53-76. ISBN 9781907471735 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Mate K, 'Green Shoes', Places & Themes of Interiors: Contemporary Research Worldwide, FrancoAngeli, LB Peressut, I Forino, G Postiglione, F Scullica, M Alsaigh, C Bergo, F Murialdo, G Russo (ed), Italy, pp. 145-154. ISBN 9788846494290 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Mate K, 'The ByeBuy! Shop - how changing values can change the shopping scapes of the future', Unmaking Waste 2015 Conference Proceedings, 21-24 May 2015, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 458-471. ISBN 978-0-9943360-7-1 (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: Power J; Trenos H

2015Smit J, Mate K, 'Guerrilla picnicking: appropriating a neighbourhood shopping centre as malleable public space', Proceedings of the Shopping Centre 1943-2013: The Rise and Demise of a Ubiquitous Collective Architecture, 11-12 June 2015, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, pp. 97-111. ISBN 9789461864673 (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Mate Kirsty, 'Ethical and political consumption and opportunities for change in Australian shopping centre design', State of Australian Cities Conference 2013: Refereed Proceedings, 26-29 November 2013, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-9. ISBN 1740440331 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Mate K, 'Remediating Shopping Centres for Sustainability', Reinventing Architecture and Interiors: the past, the present and the future. IE International Conference, 29th & 30th March 2012, Ravensbourne, UK, pp. 1 - 10. (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Mate K, 'Attitudes versus actions: are interior designers genuinely embracing sustainable design through material selection?', Proceedings from the Fifth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia, 4-5 September 2009, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-9. ISBN 9780475123466 (2009) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Mate KJH, Trenos HR, 'The Sensory Meal', Junction Arts Festival 2016, Old Brisbane Arcade, Launceston, Tasmania (2016) [Performance]

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Co-authors: Trenos HR

2015Mate K, 'Curtain of cast-offs', Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, SASA Gallery, Adelaide, pp. 16-17 (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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2014Mate KJH, 'ByeBuy! Rethinking the Way we Shop', UTAS, 176 Charles St Launceston, Tasmania (2014) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Public Output

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Mate KJH, 'Retail rethink urged in pop-up campaign', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Australia, 20 June, p. 12. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Swapping adds value to shopping experience', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Australia, 23 June, p. 4. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Community input key to revitalising Launceston', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Australia, 11 July, p. 6. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Innovation group aims to reactivate Launceston', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Australia, 26 March, p. 6. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Chamber wants retail balance for Launceston', The Examiner, Fairfax Media, Launceston, Australia, 18 July, p. 18. (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Interview on ByeBuy!', ABC Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tasmania, Australia, 11 June (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Interview on ByeBuy!', ABC Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tasmania, Australia, 23 June (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Cash-free retail project shows shoppers value sustainability and social engagement', The Fifth Estate, Sydney, Australia, 3 July (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Mate KJH, 'Interview with Polly McGee on the ByeBuy! project', ABC Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Tasmania, Australia, 27 July (2014) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$275,250

Projects

Neville Smith Forest Products Colour Project (2017 - 2018)$6,000
Description
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.
Funding
Neville Smith Forest Products ($6,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Power J; Mate KJH; Lee MW
Period
2017 - 2018
Carbonate binding: an ecologically sustainable alternative to cement (2007 - 2010)$269,250
Funding
Australian Research Council ($209,250)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 2
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lucien FP; Mate KJH; Burford RP
Period
2007 - 2010
Grant Reference
LP0776243