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Utzon Lecture: Colliding Worlds: Health, Well-being, Design and Built Environments

Demirbilek: Colliding Worlds: Health, Well-being, Design and Built Environments 

Associate Professor Oya Demirbilek | UNSW Built Environment
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 6.30pm | UNSW Ainsworth Theatre G03, Ground Floor, Ainsworth Building


Everyday life experienced by most of us is changing at an unprecedented speed, with the changes in population, and the advances in technology and manufacturing processes.

Emotions are forces that help us make sense of the world, and as such, are a central component of what makes us experience life. Emotions make us human and influence our thoughts, behaviour, experiences, and relationship with the world. In a physical world that is now colliding with the new digital world, design is gaining ever more importance. This will be illustrated with examples of design for well-being, happiness, and health; together with some of the unexpected side effects. This lecture will also offer a glimpse of what is to come in the future, with the latest technological advances.

Associate Professor Oya Demirbilek
Oya is currently the Associate Dean Education at the Built Environment, and Associate Professor in the Industrial Design Program at UNSW.

Prior to this, Oya held other positions at UNSW. She was Program Head for Industrial Design (2006-09), Senior Lecturer - Industrial Design Program (2003-09), and Postgraduate Program Director for the MID and MSc (IDES) Postgraduate Programs (2002-05).

Prior to this she was a Lecturer within the Department of Industrial Design (2000-02). Before joining UNSW in 2000, Oya was an Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey, where she previously held a Lecturer position (1997-99), and a Research Assistant position (1990-97). Oya also held an Instructor position with the Department of Product Design, at the Art Center College of Design (Europe), La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland (1989-90). Oya completed her doctoral studies at Bilkent University (1999), Ankara, and at Marmara University Istanbul (2000). Her main research and teaching focus is on emotional design, design for aging, and design research. 


Supported by Scott Carver Architects

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