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Ms Karen Fermo

Major Discipline Leader, Branded Environments; and WIL Academic Supervisor


Karen Fermo is a designer, independent curator and educator. Her research focuses on the culture of design, exploring narratives and the way design intersects and enriches everyday life. Karen is Major Discipline Leader in Branded Environments in the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology; and the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Academic Supervisor. As a lecturer in the School of Design, her teaching areas are: Branded Environment design studios, architecture and design theory and history; and entrepreneurship.

Alongside being a design educator, Karen is co-director of architecture practice, Kart Projects, providing a critical overview of Kart’s projects and business as well as leading research, writing and exhibition-related projects – including curating Makette, a design exhibition which explored the notion of ‘side projects’ at the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) gallery and co-producing short documentary films for the Design History Australia Research Network (DHARN) - Les Mason: Solo, as well as Mary Featherston: Design for Children; and Grant and Mary Featherston: The Partnership 1965-70s, both of which were included in the Design for Life exhibition at Heide MoMA.


Research interests

Exhibiting and Curating Design; Design Entrepreneurship; Design History and Contemporary Issues; Branded Environments

Teaching areas

Interior Architecture Entrepreneurship and Professional Development;Branded Environment Design Studio;Branded Environment Capstone;Professional Internship;Professional Placement;Architecture History and Theory


Also published as: Fermo, Karen; Fermo, K.
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