Kate teaches into the Master of Design and Interior Architecture courses and MADA’s Design Thinking units.
Before joining Monash University in 2011, Kate contributed to a number of architecture and interdisciplinary design programs and practices in NSW, Tasmania and Victoria.
Kate is a registered architect, and applies her experience as a designer and maker of buildings, spatial experiences, objects and other outcomes to collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects. She has a particular research interest in the values and judgments that influence both the production and assessment of creative work.
Research outcomes include resources to support creative education and practices, such as the eRubric interactive assessment tool, and the internationally award-winning RIPL POE evaluation framework for housing for people with disability. She was chief investigator of Multiple Measures, an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project that investigated assessment approaches for interdisciplinary education including the creative disciplines.
Multiple Measures: Benchmarking quality assessment tasks to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the creative arts and humanities
Multiple Measures is an Innovation and Development project funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The project focused on interdisciplinary (ID) learning and teaching that included the creative arts and humanities. It investigated ID assessment design in undergraduate and coursework masters units/courses/subjects.
The project aimed to:
• identify objectives and values of interdisciplinary learning; • contribute to a shared understanding of ID assessment standards; • support teaching staff to develop, articulate and apply assessment approaches and criteria for ID tasks; • improve the equitable comparison of ID assessment across HE institutions.
Post-occupancy evaluation for people with disability
This project developed a tailored evaluation of the designed environment and residents’ experiences at RIPL’s first supported accommodation project. The research team identified 8 criteria and 30 sub-criteria from stakeholder interviews and review of scheme and construction documentation. A balance of published measures and customized approaches informed investigation of enablers and limitations, and details of residents’ experiences in the new development. Project findings are presented in an interactive pdf document that focuses on the sub/criteria, evaluations and evidence. The research team also designed and produced navigable panoramas to represent occupied spaces with situated research findings, bringing together detailed analysis and spatial experiences. This approach has provided a rich and accessible set of examples and a supporting evidence base that is valuable for many audiences. These will include people with disability and their families, allied health professionals, and designers and key stakeholders involved in future supported accommodation developments.