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Dr Kirsten Day

Course Director Interior Architecture, Lecturer
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Architecture, RMIT University, Australia


Kirsten Day is the Course Director of Interior Architecture and lecturer in the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research emerges from 20 years working as an architect, in-situ examination and exploration, and an abiding interest in Asia generally and especially Chinese culture and history.

This research includes:

  • The narrative of cultural identity represented in architecture.
  • Architectural practice – specifically the role of architects in the future competing with emergent technologies, patents and copyright and subsequent influences on the design of place, specialisation of skills (including outsourcing of tasks), and other consultants with a similar skill set.
  • Future housing – project based research into environment appropriate design, aging in place, and the impact of ‘business as usual scenarios’ and resource overreach. This work is linked with Architecture Media Politics Society (AMPS) and associated conferences and publications

Kirsten’s PhD thesis, Fengshui as a Narrative of localisation: Case studies of contemporary architecture in Hong Kong and Shanghai examined how fengshui and other traditional beliefs are used in contemporary architecture both as an expression of cultural identity and the branding of place. Her experiences living in Asia, as a student and later as a professional architect, provided an opportunity over many years to investigate her research topics.

Kirsten is a registered architect in the state of Victoria/Australia, and is principal architect with Norman Day + Associates. She has worked on numerous projects in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Information on the practice:

Her teaching and management responsibilities include construction, professional practice, and research skills. She also tutors the 4th year honours design Capstone for Interior Architecture (12-month research-led design thesis).

In partnership with Architecture Media Politics Society (London) during 2016, Kirsten organised and curated the conference ‘Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems’. The conference was held at Swinburne’s Hawthorn Campus and hosted by the Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design and the Centre for Design Innovation.

Forming part of a global programme, Housing-Critical Futures, ‘Global Cities and Regional Problems’ focuses on housing in the growing global cities of the Asia Pacific Region. This conference brought together academics and professionals from 14 different countries to discuss their practice and research on how future housing can be imagined, designed and planned to address complex global issues.

Research interests

Allied Health Design; Design History, Philosophy, and Theory; Design professional practice; Future housing model; architectural innovation

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Alternative resources for housing:  Our populations, cities, and demand for food, space, water, and energy are growing. The competition for resources is escalating as population expansion and human needs exceed supply. What alternatives are there for housing in this context?

Chinese characteristics in contemporary architecture: While it is common to incorporate cultural characteristics in the contemporary architecture of China there is no singular process of articulation. Architecture as sign invariably means multiple interpretations/layers of reading. With the growing dominance of China as a world power – what does this mean for the image of future cities?


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Architecture - 120100

Teaching areas

Allied Health Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education;Design for Aging;Interior Architecture;Future housing;Design professional practice


  • 2016, Swinburne, FHAD School of Design Dean's Award Contribution to School Advancement , Swinburne University
  • 2013, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Leadership Program Certificate, Swinburne University
  • 2013, Swinburne, Excellence in Teaching, Swinburne University


Also published as: Day, Kirsten; Day, K.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Melbourne Korean War Memorial *; Melbourne Korean War Memorial

* Chief Investigator