The appointment of South Australia's first ever Commissioner for Integrated Design has been greeted with enthusiasm by the Design Institute of Australia – Australia's only multidisciplinary, professional design body.
The new Commissioner is Professor Laura Lee, Professor of Architecture at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh USA, recent SA 'Thinker in Residence' and highly regarded internationally as an architect, teacher and participant in various professional associations, committees, accreditation boards and panels.
Professor Lee has also taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture in Antwerp, Belgium; the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.
An Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Professor Lee's work focuses on the development and implementation of integrated design strategies and collaborative programs between the academy, government, industry and the profession.
She has been appointed as Commissioner for a term of three years, commencing on July 1st 2010.
Joanne Cys, National President of the DIA, herself a South Australian resident and design academic welcomed the appointment and said that under Professor Lee’s oversight, the new South Australian Commission for Integrated Design would have the best possible start. “Laura Lee’s multi-disciplinary understanding of design will enable the effective operation of the Commission for Integrated Design and allow it to harness the benefits all areas of design can bring to South Australia.”