National design honour for Kirsty Máté

Published 14 Dec 2017

The University’s Kirsty Máté has been named a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) in recognition of decades spent at the leading edge of sustainability and design.

Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design, Ms Máté is the program director of interior design, a program she was responsible for implementing in 2010.

Presenting the national award earlier this month, DIA representative Andrew Francis said Ms Máté was an Australian pioneer in sustainable design.

“(She) 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,” Mr Francis said.

“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.”

She has been at the leading edge of sustainability and design since the early 1990s. Developing and organising 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.  

With over 20 years of experience in tertiary education, she has held the position of Head of Program for Interior Architecture at the University of NSW.  She was responsible for implementing the Bachelor of Environmental Design (Interior Design) Degree here at UTAS in 2010, and designing and implementing the Bachelor of Environmental Design Honours (Interior Design) in 2012.

Ms Máté said she was “honoured and humbled by this award. I look forward to continuing the work I feel so passionate about.”

Image: DIA's Andrew Francis and the University's Kirsty Máté, now a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia. Photo credit - Nick Tantaro.