The Team


Ross McLeod

Ross McLeod is Program Manager of Design Innovation and Technology at RMIT University.

As a designer, educator and academic he is committed to the development and realisation of design projects, teaching practices and research activities that extend the boundaries of contemporary design and the sensibilities that surround it. His experience in the fields of product design, furniture design, interior design and architecture have been instrumental in the establishment of a creative practice that spans the design disciplines.


Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson is a Landscape Architect and Artist with over thirty years experience making and exhibiting work in Australia and around the world. He has a distinguished reputation as an artist and designer, and has received numerous awards for his work, from both within and without the landscape architectural profession. Charles’ research foregrounds the fertile character of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and process based modes of practice.


Shanti Sumartojo

Shanti Sumartojo is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, based in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Shanti’s research explores how people experience their spatial surroundings, including both material and immaterial aspects, with a particular focus on the built environment, using design and sensory ethnography and creative practice methodologies.


Joanne Mihelcic

Joanne Mihelcic is a researcher working with the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT, with an interest in understanding how people experience their personal, social and material worlds. Joanne’s academic and professional experience includes health and ageing, education, performing arts, media studies and information management.


Bianca Vallentine

Bianca Vallentine is the project’s Creative Producer. She has developed and produced a number of events for Melbourne Fashion Week, Melbourne Knowledge Week, the State of Design Festival, Games for Change Festival and the Design and Play exhibition.


Natasha Sutila

Natasha Sutila is the Research Event and Media Officer. She is an artist, curator and arts administrator with a background in contemporary jewellery and objects. Natasha has worked on projects with Gallery Funaki, National Gallery of Victoria and RMIT University.

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