About Kirsten

Dr Kirsten Day lectures in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design (The University of Melbourne) specialising in Technology and Practice. Prior to joining the MSD, Kirsten was Course Director of Interior Architecture at Swinburne University of Technology.

Her publications, workshops, and design studios explore themes of speculative futures scenarios, the impact of change, and its impact on the architectural profession and the human condition. Kirsten’s position as ‘double agent’ between the academy and the profession provides a unique understanding of what future architecture or future practice might be. Identifying, mapping, and understanding the systems that frame architectural practice and education so that effective change can be made, is fundamental to her work.

Kirsten is a member of the Academic Caucus of The Architecture Lobby and part of the team that organised the inaugural ABC Architecture Beyond Capitalism Summer School in 2021.

Day was an invited speaker at Melbourne Design Week in 2021 The World Designed through our senses: Biophilic influence in architecture and in 2018 on Future Design | Future Melbourne as part of Melbourne. She has run workshops and presentation for Melbourne Knowledge Week since 2018. Kirsten organised the international Conference Future Housing: Global issues Regional problems at Swinburne in 2016 with Architecture Media Politics Society as part of the Housing Critical Futures conference series.

She is the Chief investigator on the project ‘New methods of procurement in design and construction: Identifying critical quality and risk factors in novation’.

She is a member of the Education Committee and Co-chair of the Research in Practice Committee with the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) and an examiner for the Architects Registration Board of Victoria. Kirsten is a practicing registered Architect and director of Norman Day + Associates Architects with over 20 years of experience working in the profession.

Melbourne Design Week 2021: The World Designed through our senses: Biophilic influence in architecture


Career Perspectives with Palladians (November 2020)