For the fourth Design Life, the exhibitors were asked to consider how their design practices engage in the act of ‘regeneration’. The exhibitions theme developed from a consideration of the unique UNESCO World Heritage listed townscape of Georgetown and the efforts that have gone into conserving and reinventing the traditional shop-houses, streetscapes and heritage buildings that acted as a backdrop to the exhibition, lectures and design walks that made up Design Life Penang. In keeping with these concerns a series of guest speakers were invited to speak at the event whose practices of Architecture, Design and Art display sensitivity to the maintenance of cultural and environmental values.

Another dimension of the exhibition addressed the generation of ideas and how the process of design is enacted; from diagrams, concept sketches, models and presentation renders, to detail documentation and completed works. With this in mind we were interested in seeing documentation of the studio environment, of prototypes being assembled in the workshop and documentation of projects in the construction phase.

In parallel to these concerns, the event also celebrated the work of different ‘generations’ of RMIT Architecture and Design Alumni across the three decades that the Design Life process has captured (1985 – 2014). On display in the exhibition was work from recent graduates, young emerging practices, mid-career professionals and established international firms.


Graduates who exhibited their work included:

james brearley
james carey
millie cattlin
shiau-peng chen
vivian chiu
jindee chua + suriawati qiu
charles dewanto
alexandra doughty
jason ho
billy ip
sarah jamieson
wendy khaw wei see
taek soo kim
rui koh
meyliza kotama
wan wen li
chiun wee lim
jarrod lim
danny liu wing hung
felandro madjid
paolo pianezze
archie pizzini
ar khalidah ailis, ar ridha razak + safuraa razak
sanjay lal shrestha
tiarma sirait
foo chi sung
jamie sutherland
chin hau tay
zeeson teoh
hoanh tran
yan wang
xuhtibong wichaidit + saguna saelim
nic wong
ho tzu yin
khalilah zakariya
aimoli zhang


Click names to view a pdf of individual exhibition panels


click here to view the exhibition catalogue.



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