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Changes at the ADA

We are very pleased to announce that Brent Jackson from Engineers Australia has accepted the role of ADA Chair.  

Brent takes over from Oliver Kratzer who has led the ADA for the past 18 months.  Oliver has been a driving force in the alliance since it began, instrumental in leading the ADA's advocacy with government and last year on the delegation to Beijing Design Week. We are sorry to see Oliver go from a formal role with the ADA but know that he remains a strong supporter.

Our CEO Lisa Cahill has resigned, after four and a half years in the role, to take up a new challenge as Associate Director at Object: Australian Design Centre.  Lisa built the ADA from scratch into a strong national alliance and has delivered many successes along the way.  We wish Lisa well and know that she will continue to support the ADA in her new role.

We are delighted to announce Jo Kellock (pictured) as the new CEO of the Australian Design Alliance. Jo was a founding member of the ADA in her former role as CEO of the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia.  Jo has a strong background in driving policy change with government - a key priority for the ADA towards the 2016 Federal Election.


New ADA CEO Jo Kellock

How Startups Valued At $1 Billion Or More Put Design First

Need we say more! Design is essential for the success of business. Big, small, start up or established everyone needs to integrate strategic design.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given previous research showing that good design is good for business, many of these top startups put a premium on design, including Houzz, Dropbox, Pinterest, Airbnb, Fab, Jawbone, and Nest. The infographic further highlights this link between good design and big valuation.


New Associate Member

We welcome on board a new associate member Archikidz.

Archikidz is a not for profit organisation, providing a dynamic learning platform for inspiring and educating kids, our future city-makers, about the built environment.


New Education Member

Whitehouse Institute of Design joins us as a new education member.  

Established in 1988, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia has a reputation as one of Australia’s leading privately owned Design education institutions underpinned by a learning culture supporting innovation and creativity.


Design Speaks: Health Care/Health Life

The inaugural Health Care / Health Life conference will be held in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 March 2015, and will explore the future of health design.


Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture DEsign

Call for Entries
Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design
$20,000 acquisitive first prize
Two $1500 non-acquisitive commendation prizes

Open to Australian Furniture Designers


Australian Design Alliance: promoting the use of design to boost Australia's productivity through innovation.

Australian Craft and Design Centres
Australian Graphic Design Association
Australian Institute of Architects
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Australian Network for Art and Technology
Australian Production Design Guild
Building Designers Australia
Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Design Institute of Australia
Engineers Australia
Good Design Australia
National Association for the Visual Arts
Planning Institute of Australia

Object: Australian Design Centre

JMC Academy
UNSW Art and Design
UTS: Design Research Innovation Centre
Virtu Design Institute
Whitehouse Institute of Design

Communication Design Partner: Brave Creative
Digital Partner: Canvas Group
Network Collaborator: Pozible