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Associate Professor Gianni Renda

Associate Professor & Chair of Department
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)(Honours), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Associate Professor Gianni Renda is Chair of the Department of Architectural and Industrial Design at Swinburne University of Technology. His primary research focus is investigating ways that design can empower the user in the field of health, disability and ageing. Other interests include advanced manufacturing, food design and automotive design. He has been awarded by the Cumulus Association, the Design Institute of Australia, and has received Dean’s Awards and Vice Chancellor Awards from Swinburne University of Technology.

Research interests

Allied Health Design; Product Diversity, and Productivity Design: Product Innovation; Product Innovation Design; Strategic & Transformative Design: Health; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education; Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture; Ergonomics and Aesthetics Design: Anthropometrics and wearability; Public Good Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Design - 330300

Teaching areas

Allied Health Design;Design History, Philosophy, and Theory;Product Diversity, and Productivity Design: Product Innovation;Product Innovation Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education;Strategic & Transformative Design: Health


  • 2022, National, REDI Fellowship, MTP Connect
  • 2020, Swinburne, Dean's Award, School Culture, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Research Excellence Award , Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2018, Swinburne, FSET Researcher Award; Research Collaboration Across Non-Traditional Boundaries, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, Swinburne, Dean's Award, Emerging Researcher (FHAD, School of Design), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2010, National, Honorable Mention, Graduate of The Year (Vic/Tas), Design Institute of Australia
  • 2010, International, Honorable Mention, Cumulus 20th Anniversary Awards, Cumulus Association

Further information



Also published as: Renda, Gianni; Renda, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Prototype manufacturing and prototype testing for next generation medical and wellness devices based on a novel synthetic hydrogel material platform – Phase 2 *; Eudaemon Technologies Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Implementing user-driven design methods within a medical device regulatory landscape *; MTPConnect REDI Fellowship Program
  • 2021: Improvements in manufacturing processes for hydrogen-based medical device *; APR Internship Program
  • 2019: Portable Lithium Power Pack - ICG001090 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: The EVE-M Initiative - Enhancing the Vaginal Environment and Microbiome *; Frontier Health and Medical Research Program
  • 2018: SAMIE - Secure Administered Medication Inventory Ecosystem *; Innovation Connections
  • 2016: Project Geldom Phase II *; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2016: Research and development of kitchenware designed for younger generations *; King’s Flair International

* Chief Investigator