Swinburne Uni Day 2017

Good Design Week 2019


As the world shifts to 4.0, the imbalance of economic, social, cultural and environmental imperatives becomes even stronger. Each day, people across our communities globally face a wide range of challenges stemming from varying levels of isolation, poverty, cultural loss and access to technology. The inequitable dividing gap becomes increasingly wider and therefore the design of our digital culture, creative economy and constructed built environments become ever more important. Thus we need to observe the liveability and affordance of the places we live, work and play, including how we make use of digital technology to enhance and preserve our culture, heritage and traditions in the context of a creative economy. Mind the gap!

These complex and wicked-problems require us to address them through design whereby, Good designs consider aspects of an imbalance towards in-balance through considerations of equity and accessibility.

On this occasion, to “gather for GOOD DESIGN” is an opportunity to bring applied design research, practice, governance and scholarship to examine good design for community, housing, culture, heritage, resources, eco-tourism and creative economy. The event brings together the best and brightest students and expert staff from both Curtin University, Australia and Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia to collaborate with Kuching’s local government and industry, and expert colleagues from design firms from Vietnam and Singapore to spend four days in Kuching, East Malaysia.

The City of Kuching offers a fantastic context to explore Design through shared: Practice, Research, Education and Scholarship.

Lilian Tay    

Ar Lillian Tay
Vice President of VERITAS Design Group, Malaysia

Lillian Tay is Design Principal at VERITAS Architects, an award-winning Malaysian architectural firm. VERITAS aspires to create architecture that responds to the local place and culture. With their office at KLCC the past 20 years, VERITAS is passionate about KL’s urban environment. VERITAS’ notable projects include PKNS HQ, One Sentral, Putrajaya Sentral, Penang Sentral, Kuala Lumpur MRT stations, W-Hotel, Sinkeh Hotel, Star Residences, Oxley Towers, Menara Binjai, Menara Etiqa, HQ for Airasia and DiGi. She is presently the President of PAM (Malaysian Institute of Architects), where her goal is to promote the expertise of Malaysia’s architects and to enhance opportunities for Malaysian architects to serve our community and contribute meaningfully to nation building. Trained at Princeton University, USA, Lillian worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York before returning home in 1991 to practise in her hometown of Kuala Lumpur.


Brook McGowan    

Ar Brook McGowan
Associate Director, Hames Sharley

Brook McGowan is a National Director and the Studio Leader of Western Australia’s largest architectural practice. He has successfully led a variety of large-scale projects from the mixed-use, education, commercial and research sectors both nationally and internationally, including a number of major retail focussed, mixed-use projects throughout Asia. Brook’s expertise lies in his ability to lead in all aspects of project delivery from concept design through to construction documentation. He is committed to a highly collaborative approach with both clients and employees that maximises project potential and achieves successful design outcomes. A passionate architect with proven design, delivery and management skills, Brook adds value to projects of all typologies and scales.


Derek Hays    

Ar Derek Hays
Associate Director, Hames Sharley

Derek Hays has been an Associate Director of Hames Sharley for the past seven years and has an extensive design portfolio that includes national and international projects in the commercial, health, education, mixed-use, retail and residential sectors. He has delivered large complex projects through all phases including the Western Australian government’s largest infrastructure development, Fiona Stanley Hospital as well as a number of landmark commercial and retail projects including the 100 St Georges Terrace office building. Within Hames Sharley, Derek leads the National Design forum across six studios with a focus on improving design collaboration, methodology and quality for each of the practice’s projects.


Rene Tan

Ar Rene Tan
Director, RT+Q Architects

Born in Malaysia, Rene Tan - now resides and practices architecture in Singapore.

Holds a BA both in architecture and music at Yale and his MArch from Princeton. Director at RT+Q Architects (a firm he co-founded in 2003 with partner TK Quek), Rene leads a team of about fifteen in their search for the ‘next best project’.

The firm have been conferred awards in Singapore and abroad. Rene was ‘Designer of the Year’ laureate of the 2016 President’s Design Awards, Singapore--an honour he shares with everyone at RT+Q. Rene was in Adjunct Associate Professor in 2017 at the National University of Singapore and in 2018-19 at the Singapore University of Technology & Design where he taught the ‘Palladio Studio’ and currently the ‘Brunelleschi Studio’.


Richard Hammond

Ar Richard Hammond
Senior Lecturer, Curtin University, Australia

Richard is an award-winning practitioner who is passionate and focused on designing sustainable communities that are affordable and appropriate to the built environment. His practice, RH Architects is a long-established practice located in South Fremantle, focused on designing sustainable communities, high quality affordable housing and developments, community infrastructure and beautiful environments. Their work covers architectural design and documentation, master planning, sustainable design, innovation, advocacy, project management and contract administration. The office currently has a mixture of commercial, community planning, tourism and residential work, with some under construction and others on the drawing board. A focus on sustainability and innovation, engagement with site and materiality and a strong identifiable idea that permeates through all aspects of design.

Kamil Othman

Datuk Kamil Othman
Advisor, Maxman.TV & former Director General of FINAS, Malaysia

Datuk Kamil Othman is currently the Advisor to Maxman.TV . His career prior to his current role has been quite diversified, beginning with Shell Malaysia for few years after returning from his studies in the United Kingdom in 1981. In 1999, he was headhunted for the Multimedia Development Corporation in Cyberjaya as the Head of Corporate Communications and then as Vice President for the newly set up Creative Multimedia Division in 2002. He oversaw the development of the animation and CGI industries in the Malaysian Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) projects which fueled the growth of homegrown animation and VFX companies. In 2015, he was seconded to the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) as its Director General and steered FINAS to the international landscape and implemented many initiatives designed to support the new generation of content creators in digital era. Also in 2015, he was elected as the Vice President for the Asian Film Commissioners Network (AFCNET) based in Busan, South Korea. After his term at FINAS ended, he was appointed as Advisor on Creative Industries to the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia where he oversaw and reviewed policies that have impact on the development of the Creative Industries in Malaysia.


Nicki Wragg

Associate Professor Nicole Wragg
Chair of Communication & Digital Media Design,
Swinburne University of Technology

Nicki’s research sits at the intersection of communication design, technology and design education. She applies an interdisciplinary and industry-engaged approach to examine how best to communicate a range of social issues. Her research and educational practice bring together students and industry experts in meaningful collaborative projects.

Nicki led the translation of studio-based design education into the first fully online design degree in Australia between 2014 and 2018. She played a significant role in reimaging the studio and the pedagogy underpinning the studio, and was involved in several strategic projects, including the development of over 200 design video resources. She remains an avid supporter of online education and continues to develop ways for design students online and on campus to collaborate, share resources and foster a deep understanding of design.


Cheah Kok Ming

Associate Professor Cheah Kok Ming
Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Cheah Kok Ming is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. He leads design studio in both the undergraduate and Master years. Kok Ming holds the Outstanding Educator Award, the university’s highest teaching accolade.

He is a Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academy. He is a registered architect and a member of the accreditation team with the Board of Architects, Singapore.


Matthew Young    

Ar Matthew Young
Principal, GroupGSA Vietnam

Matt is Australian, completed his Architecture studiesat Curtin University. Matt moved to Vietnam in 2014 to lead GroupGSA Vietnam in which he has built the Vietnam office into the second largest in GSA. In the last five years he and his team have designed and delivered a wide range of projects scales from infrastructure and transport to hospitality, education, urban design, cultural buildings, residential and commercial buildings and small fit outs. As an established design practice leader in South East Asia, Matt continues to contribute high-quality and thoughtful design, at all levels no matter how seemingly mundane of briefs. He believes in design driven that is human-centred and the seamless integration of complex and diverse narratives to understand the impact of decision making within the architectural context. Close to 20 years in the industry, Matt values long-life learning and considers himself – always learning and growing, alongside colleagues, students and friends. It is this that keeps him engaged and passionate about the profession.


Dam Vu

An Ni Le

Ar Dam Vu and An Ni Le
Architect and Industrial Designer, KEINTRUC O

KIENTRUC O is a architectural firm based in Sài Gòn, Vietnam. Lead by a dynamic duo of architect and industrial designer, Mr Dam Vu and Ms An Ni Le; its mission is to create architecture that facilitates and embrace a coherent symbiosis between human and the environment. The firm seeks for architectural manifestation as a collective result of keen observations and thoughtful application of local architecture, its people and their cultural tradition, all of which to achieve a harmonious relationship that satisfy human needs and stimulate coexistence between human and the natural ecology.


Tina Lau    

Ar Tina Lau
Director, IDC Architects Malaysia

Tina is an architect based in Malaysia. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a B.Arch (Hons) degree and is a registered professional architect in Melbourne, Australia and Malaysia.

She currently practices architecture in her hometown of Kuching, Sarawak and is the Managing Director of IDC Architects, an award-winning architecture and design firm in Malaysia.


Eko Sri    

Professor Dr. Eko Sri Margianti, SE,MM
Rector, Universitas Gunadarma, Indonesia

Prof. Dr. Eko Sri Margianti SE, MM, is educated in Management and Education Technology and awarded Doctoral degree from Curtin University of Perth. She works in education area since 1981 and currently as Rector of Universitas Gunadarma, one of big private university in Indonesia. She publishes academic journals and contributes various text books in management, Information Technology, tourism etc, as well as government policies and recommendations. Republic of Indonesia governments appoints her as the member evaluator team of SINOVIK (Innovation Award for Public Services in Indonesia) and assessor for National Accreditation Board for Education. She also serves as advisory board of Indonesia Rector Forum.



  • Registration
  • Arrival of Guest of Honour and VIP
  • Keynote Speaker 1 | Ar Derek Hays & Ar Brook McGowan (Directors, Hames Sharley, Australia)
  • Opening Ceremony by Chief Minister of Sarawak
  • "imBALANCE" Digital Exhibition
  • Keynote Speaker 2 | Ar Rene Tan (Director, RT&Q, Singapore) & Ar Koh Sock Mui (Associate, RT&Q)
  • Keynote Speaker 3 | Ar Lillian Tay (Vice President of VERITAS Design Group, Malaysia)
  • Keynote Speaker 4   | Datuk Kamil Othman (Advisor, Maxman.TV & Former Director General of FINAS, Malaysia)
  • Industry Plenary | "Define Good Design"
    • Ar Tina Lau Kor Ting (Managing Director, IDC Architects, Malaysia)
    • Ar Matthew Young (Director, GroupGSA, Vietnam)
    • Ar Dam Vu (Director, Kien Truc O, Vietnam)
    • Ar Lillian Tay (President, PAM, Malaysia)
    • Ar Derek Hays & Ar Brook McGowan (Directors, Hames Sharley, Australia)
    • Datuk Kamil Othman ( Advisor, Maxman.TV & former Director General of FINAS, Malaysia)
  • Keynote Speaker 5 | Professor Dr. E.S. Margianti, SE.MM (Rector, Universitas Gunadarma, Indonesia)
  • Launching of the 6 x "BLACK BOX STUDIOS" (48hr Design Jam)
  • Launching of the "20th Anniversary Logo Design Competition" (24hr DESIGN JAM)
  • Concludes Day 1
  • Networking Dinner


  • Registration & Welcome Day 2
  • Keynote Speaker 6 | Associate Professor Nicki Wragg (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
  • Keynote Speaker 7 | Associate Professor Cheah Kok Ming (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Keynote Speaker 8 | Ar Richard Hammond (Senior Lecturer, Curtin University, Australia)
  • Academic Plenary | "Education for Good Design"
    • Associate Professor Nicki Wragg (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    • Associate Professor Cheah Kok Ming (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
    • Dr Charmila Subasighe (Curtin University, Australia)
    • Ar Richard Hammond (Senior Lecturer, Curtin University, Australia)
    • Associate Professor Ida Fatimawati Bt Adi Badiozaman (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia)
    • 2 Student Representatives
  • 6 x "BLACK BOX STUDIOS" (48hr DESIGN JAM/Studio)
  • "20th Anniversary Logo Design Competition" (24hr DESIGN JAM)
  • Academic and Industry Round Table | "Where To Next"
  • Continue 6 x "BLACK BOX STUDIOS" (48hr DESIGN JAM/Studio) & Academic & Industry Round Table
  • Concludes Day 2
  • GDW Group Dinner


  • Registration
  • Review of 6x Black Box Studio Projects (Presentations from groups to jury in Main Lecture Theatre)
  • Judges Convene & Deliberate
  • Creative Industry Panel Discussion
  • Paper Presentations
    • Dr. Ir. Raziq Hasan, MTArs. - Intangible Aspects as a Basis for Design Consideration
    • Dr. Ir. Pancawati Dewi, MT - The Order of Hearth in Nusantara Architecture
    • Dr. Arief Rahman, ST, MT – An Ecological Approach for a Waterfront Based Campus Planning and Design in Riverbank
    • Ir. Irina Mildawani, MT, PHD & Ms. Betty Suswati. S.Kom, MMSI - Research Through Design: A Thought of Relating Research and Design
    • Lintang Yuniar Pratiwi – Factors Influencing Resident’s Perception to Respond to the Utilization of Urban Green Spaces in Depok City, West Java
    • Jofianto Bledoeg – Retrofitting: An Opportunity for Sustainability
  • Acknowledgements and Closing Address
  • GDW2019 Concludes

Payment Details

Please make payment payable to

Account Name : Swinburne Sarawak Sdn Bhd
Bank Name : CIMB Bank Berhad
Account Number : 80-0526998-9
Address : Lot 170 & 171, Section 49 KTLD, Jalan Chan Chin Ann, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Your payment must include participant’s name and “GDW2019”.

Please forward a copy of proof of payment to GDW2019@swinburne.edu.my in order to enable us to identify your payment.


Registration must be received (and full payment included) on or before 12th July 2019. No refunds will be issued.

Registration rate:
Industry Academic Symposium 15th - 17th July 2019

  • (Early bird) Now - until 30th June 2019: Malaysian Participant  RM100 |  International Participant USD100
  • 1st July 2019 -12th July 2019: Malaysian Participants RM150 | International Participant: USD150

Networking Dinner 15th July 2019

  • Malaysian Participant : RM50 | International Participant USD50

PAM    IEM     
LAM approved 4 CPD Points    BEM CPD: Pending approval     


Email us at: GDW2019@swinburne.edu.my


Ir. Professor Lau Hieng Ho
Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) Swinburne University of Technology

A/Professor Khoa Do
Fellow, Curtin Academy (Executive Member), School of Design and Build Environment, Curtin University 

Organising Committee

A/Professor Ida Fatimawati Binti Adi Badiozaman
Head, School of Design & Arts Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Augustus Raymond Segar
Deputy Head, School of Design & Arts Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Gregory Wee Lik Hoo
School of Design & Arts Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Wilson Suai Moses Jantan
Discipline Leader, School of Design & Arts Swinburne University of Technology

Mr Michael Lee Wei Chuen
School of Design & Arts Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Emil Jonescu
School of Design and Built Environment (DBE), Curtin University 

Dr Chamila Subasinghe Arachchilage Don
School of Design and Built Environment (DBE), Curtin University

Ms Eileen Chan 
Global Mobility, Curtin International

Mr Chris Leong
School of Design and Built Environment (DBE), Curtin University


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