Overview

ACT Branch

The ACT branch of the Design Institute of Australia is the voice of professional design in the ACT.

We are actively working with community, government, business, industry and education sectors within the industries of manufacturing, product, fashion, built environment, communications, business and many more.

The ACT branch is also highly active in the areas of education and socially responsible design.

Our vision is to raise awareness and increase the profile of the design profession within the community. We want to establish the ACT as an epicentre of design innovation and creativity - where the contribution of leading ACT designers is recognised.

Our aim is to equip designers with skills to enhance their professional lives, support designers with services and advice throughout their careers, connect designers with each other and with clients, customers and business, celebrate and promote Australian design excellence, inspire people to value design and designers to do their best work, advocate on behalf of designers to government, industry and the community.

Branch Events

Branch News

Local Partners

Council Members

  • Lisa Biddiscombe MDIA
    ACT Branch President, National Councillor

  • Kyle Millington
    Vice President

    Kyle has Interior Design Qualifications from the Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra and Instituto Europeo di design, seat of Milano all of which have developed his skills in all aspects of Interior Design. Since being in the industry and working on a variety of Government and Private Industry Projects these skills have been further developed.

    With an ambitious nature and meticulous work standard Kyle has been a major contributor to the success of all projects in which he fills a role. Kyle prides himself on maintaining a high level of effective communication with Colleagues and Clients and also in the work that he produces ensuring a high level of Client service and ethical standards.

    Kyle is a member of the Design Institute of Australia ACT Branch Committee and continues to assist in the Branch’s events to advocate, celebrate, connect, equip, inspire and support members.

  • Ross Henty LFDIA
    Treasurer

  • Femke Rensen FDIA
    Councillor

    Femke joined the DIA in 1994 and since 2010 she has been an active participant on the ACT Branch Committee.

    She is an interior designer with 20 years’ experience in the design industry in Sydney – primarily involved in commercial projects specialising in workplace and airport design. She has worked in small, medium and large architectural design practices - and she has managed her own design practice in Australia and overseas. Femke has also been involved in design education in Sydney, Mauritius and India. Femke now works in the public sector, managing office accommodation nationally for a government department.

  • Katerina Kapetania MDIA
    Councillor

  • Clive Hutchison
    Councillor

    Clive Hutchison is currently the Head of Department, Design Industries (Fashion, Interior & Building Design), at Canberra Institute of Technology.

    Clive has formerly held positions as Head of Academic Studies, at CATC Design School, and as Senior Lecturer and Head of Photo Media at James Cook University (JCU). His work as an educator was recognised at JCU and at a national level with multiple teaching awards including an ALTC (Carrick) citation.

    Clive has long supported international engagement for staff and students developing relationships with educational institutions in Singapore and Scandinavia. Clive was also the producer of the Bahasa Video Education series of Indonesian language video resources, filmed entirely on location in Indonesia and widely used in Australian primary and secondary schools.