Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is an early-career academic with experience across a range of research and teaching areas. His research and teaching interests are situated within architecture, urban environments, sustainability, user-centred design, interdisciplinary collaboration and design processes. Aaron is a talented researcher, an exceptional educator, and a sought after facilitator who has experience working with a wide range of student, professional, and community groups.

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture) (2019) University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. Thesis title: Co-creation in the built environment — An exploration of end-user engagement in the urban living laboratory. Selected asEducation Arts and Social Sciences finalist for the Ian Davey Thesis Prize.
  • Master of Architecture (2015) University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Master of Sustainable Design (2014) University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2011) University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Bachelor Of Music (Classical Clarinet Performance) (2008) University of , South Australia.

Recent Experience:

NOVELL Redesign Facilitation Manager, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne (2020 – present) Facilitation manager for a project that is seeking to reimagine the design of rehabilitation environments. Responsible for bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders including stroke survivors, health practitioners, architects, designers, and government representatives to collaboratively reimagine the rehabiltiation experience.

Academic Researcher, University of South Australia (2016 – present) Academic researcher working on a range of projects, including:

  • FDI Whole Mouth Health: Co-designing oral health behaviour change resources Project funded by the World Dental Federation with partners in the UK, Nigeria, and Chile that is using a distributed co-design methodology to explore the understanding of whole mouth health across the life course.
  • Co-Design for a Type 2 Diabetes Intervention Design and facilitation of a co-design process for a CSIRO-led project investigating the development of digital supports for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Aboriginal Ways of Knowing A project that is exploring the use of co-design as a way of connecting the structures of a contemporary academic institution with Aboriginal ways of knowing. This long-term exploration is working with Aboriginal elders and community members to explore the interface between co-design tools and Aboriginal knowledge making tools.
  • Digital Collaboration in the Construction Industry A three-year ARC funded project investigating the role of digital tools in facilitating collaboration and enhancing sustainability in the construction industry. Key responsibilities include liaising with University of Western Sydney to manage ethics approval process, case study interviews, data analysis, and preparation of industry reports and academic papers about the project.
  • Insight: Visualising Energy Usage at the Mawson Lakes Campus A project to investigate perceptions of energy consumption and strategies for establishing pro-environmental behaviour through eco-feedback. Key responsibilities included the preparation of an ethics application, design and facilitation of a series of co-design workshops, data analysis, and management of the interdisciplinary team.
  • Smart Cities: National Scoping Review A national review of smart city research among Australian universities. Responsibilities included the preparation of an ethics application, a literature review and national survey of Smart City researchers, arranging and facilitating a large interdisciplinary workshop, managing industry/academic relationships, and interviews with key stakeholders.
  • BIM Proficiency in the Timber Supply Chain A two-year industry-based research project funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). This project was focused on the barriers to adoption of BIM technologies among actors in the timber supply chain.

Match Studio Research Associate, University of South Australia (2016 – Present) Responsible for the design and delivery of workshops on a broad range of topics including Design Thinking, Co-Design, Co-Creation, and Public Speaking. This has involved delivering workshops for a range of student groups, UniSA professional and academic staff, UniSA College, the Australian Centre for Business Growth, the South Australian Department of State Development, and the SACE Board. Also responsible for the facilitation of collaborative working groups for clients including the Office for the Ageing, the Global Centre for Modern Ageing, and LifeLab at Tonsley.

Lecturer and Course Coordinator, University of South Australia (2016 – present) Teaching academic working across a number of programs and courses and undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes the development and delivery of all course materials and management of the teaching team. Courses include: BUSS2066 Creativity and Innovation, GRAP2022 Critical Design Practices, VSAR4003 AAD Research Methods, BUSS3109 Startup Studio, BUSS5448 Startup Studio G, ARCH4045 Environmental Modelling of Architecture, ARCH3028 Architecture and Ecology, ARCH6001 Consumer Culture, Technology and Sustainable Design, ARCH6005 Introduction to Sustainable Design, ARCH3049 Architectural Design Studio 5 (Construction), ARCH2027 Match Studio Projects, ARCH5047 Match Studio Projects Advanced, GRAPH 1023 Design, Culture and Society, ARCH5037 Masters Project Report.

Facilitation Consultant (2016 – present) Certified as a Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator, and experienced with employing a variety of design thinking and co-design methodologies. Workshop facilitation for a range of clients including the Australian Cranio Maxillo Facial Foundation, the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage, the Green Building Council of Australia, CSIRO, CRC for Low Carbon Living, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, SA Museum, and IgniteSA.

Design Consultant (2016 – present) Conceptual building design work for private clients. Freelance branding and design work including for PMB Defence, Dialysis Escape Line Australia, and other private clients.

Awards and honors:

  • Finalist: Ian Davey Thesis Prize, 2020 Selected as the most outstanding PhD thesis submitted in the Division of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences in 2019.
  • Finalist: Excellence in Teaching Awards, 2019 Nominated by students for an excellence in teaching award at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Honorary Mention Paper Award, 2019 Honorary mention award for paper presentation at CUMULUS design network conference in Rovaniemi, Finland, 30-31 May.
  • 1st Place, Art, Architecture and Design Research Colloquium Presentation, 2019 Presentation title: Toward an understanding of the optimal conditions for the application of co-creation to projects in the built environment: a value-based approach.
  • AAD International Travel Award, 2016
  • Winner of a grant to undertake a residency as a guest researcher at Aalto University, Helsinki in 2017.
  • Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, 2016 Selected by ArtsSA to attend the Salzburg Global Seminar for Young Cultural Innovators in Salzburg, Australia on behalf of South Australia.
  • UniSA Three Minute Thesis Competition, 2016 Winner for the Division of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Scholarship, 2015–18
    Recipient of a full PhD scholarship from the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living. Australian Youth Delegate to the WTO, Geneva, 2014 Selected by the Global Voices program with support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Responsibilities included pre-briefings with government and public service leaders in Canberra, meeting with and presenting research to a range of NGOs in Geneva, and representing Australia at the forum.
  • 1st Place & Best Presenter, TEXO International Design Build Competition, Dallas, TX, 2014 Design and construct interdisciplinary sprint challenge. Presentation to a panel of architects, developers, project managers, and the project’s client.
  • 1st Place, Australian Institute of Urban Studies 3 Minute Thesis Competition, 2014 Presentation titled: Healthy cities, healthy citizens — strategies to improve health and wellbeing through walkability. Rymill House Living Heritage Scholarship, 2014
  • Recipient of the inaugural Rymill House Living Heritage Travelling Scholarship in November 2014. Findings were presented in a public lecture at Australian History Week, April 2015.

Recent publications:

Journal Publications and Peer-Reviewed Proceedings:

  • Langley, J, Davis, A, Wallace, N, Gwilt, I (in press) ‘COVID co-production does not *HAVE* to be digital! Why “which platform should we use?” should not be your first question…’
  • Davis, A, Wallace, N, Langley, J & Gwilt, I (in press), ‘Low-Contact Co-Design: Considering more flexible spatiotemporal models for the codesign workshop’, Strategic Design Research Journal
  • Davis, A & Gwilt, I 2020, ‘Revealing the hidden: Using a co-design approach to explore on campus energy use through the representation of consumption data’, Proceedings of The Sixth International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2020), Oulu, Finland, August 26th – 28th 2020, https://doi.org/10.1017/ICDC.2020.17
  • Davis, A 2019, ‘Opportunities and challenges of living labs in an urban context: Lessons from the Adelaide Living Laboratory’ Conference Presentation: The Human Heart of Innovation: Living Labs Australia 2019 Conference, 13-14 November, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Davis, A 2019, ‘Understanding the value of co-creation processes in the built environment’ Charette: The Journal of the Association of Architectural Educators, vol. 5, no. 2, pp.8-21.
  • Davis, A, J Andrew & I Gwilt 2019, “Match Studio together in the wild: From dialectic contestation to dialogic collaboration”, CUMULUS 2019 Around The Campfire: Resilience and Intelligence. University of Lapland, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
  • Davis, A 2017, ‘Understanding the value generated by a co-creation approach to the built environment’ Proceedings of the Association of Architectural Education Architecture Connects 2017 Conference, September 6 – 9, Oxford, UK.
  • Davis, A & Andrew, J 2017 “From Rationalism to Critical Pragmatism: Revisiting Arnstein’s Ladder of Public Participation in Co-Creation and Consultation” Proceedings of the State of Australian Cities 2017 Conference, Adelaide, Australia 28-30 November.
  • Davis, A 2017 ‘From rhetoric to reality: Theoretical perspectives on realising the circular economy’ Powering the Change to a Circular Economy Conference, Adelaide, 15-16 November.
  • Davis, A & Andrew, J 2016 “Co-creating urban environments to engage citizens in a low carbon future” Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 651-57.

Industry presentations and reports:

  • Davis, A, Leditschke, A, Straccia, J, Gwilt, I & Andrew, J 2019, ‘West Lakes Precinct Community Engagement Strategy Project Report, Workshop2’. Consultancy report for The City of Charles Sturt, Commercial & General, and Uniting SA.
  • Davis, A, Leditschke, A, Straccia, J, Gwilt, I & Andrew, J 2018, ‘West Lakes Precinct Community Engagement Strategy Workshop 1 Report’. Consultancy report for The City of Charles Sturt, Commercial & General, and Uniting SA.
  • Davis, A, Andrew, J 2018, ‘Ageing Well in Place: A home that can age with you’ Consultancy report for the Global Centre for Modern Ageing, Match Studio, The University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Gwilt, I, Leditschke, A, Gaughwin, M & Davis, A 2018, ‘Concepts for a Modbury Age Friendly Precinct’ exhibition, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia, 8-26 October 2018, https://www.unisa.edu.au/Business-community/Hawke-Centre/Kerry-Packer-CivicGallery/2018-Exhibitions/Concepts-for-a-Modbury-Age-Friendly-Precinct/
  • Leditschke, A, Davis, A, Gwilt, I & Andrew, J 2018, ‘Creating a Framework for the Design of Age Friendly Communities – the Modbury Age Friendly City Precinct’, Consultancy report for the City of Tea Tree Gully, ECH Incorporated and SA Health, with funding from the Office for the Ageing.
  • Davis, A 2017 ‘Engaging Communities and Facilitating Change: Workshop Outcomes Report’, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Sydney, NSW.
  • Davis, A 2017 ‘From tools to processes: An outcomes-focussed approach to community engagement’ presentation to Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), 20 October.
  • London, K & A Davis 2017, ‘Improving profitability in multi residential and commercial construction timber supply chains using a Building Information Modelling decision framework’ Forest and Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Davis, A ‘Toward an understanding of the optimal conditions for co-creation’ Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Annual Forum, Sydney, Australia, November 2016.
  • Davis, A, R Crocker & J Andrew 2016, ‘Co-creation: Literature Review’, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Sydney, NSW. London, K & A Davis 2016, ‘Improving profitability in multi residential and commercial construction timber supply chains using a Building
    Information Model decision framework: Literature Review’ Forest and Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, Vic.
  • Davis, A, R Crocker & J Andrew 2016, ‘Draft Co-creation toolkit’, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, Sydney, NSW.

Poster Presentations:

  • Davis, A ‘Adelaide Living Laboratory’ Poster Presentation, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Annual Forum, Melbourne, Australia, November 2017.
  • Davis, A ‘Adelaide Living Laboratory: Co-creation methodology’ Poster Presentation, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Annual Forum, Sydney, Australia, November 2016.
  • Davis, A ‘Co-creation methodology’ Poster Presentation, Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living Annual Forum, Sydney, Australia, October 2015.

Other Media:

  • Davis, A “Biological Co-creation network” in The Australian 12 August 2016.
  • Davis, A “Lessons in Living Heritage from Tokyo to Adelaide”, The Conversation, 7 April, 2016.
  • Davis, A “Urban heritage in Australia” Radio interview, 891 ABC Adelaide, 12 April 2016.
  • Davis, A “Organically developed cities and heritage” Radio interview, Radio Adelaide, 11 April 2016.
  • Davis, A “Living Heritage and Japanese Urbanism” Public lecture at Australian Heritage Week, 15 April 2015
  • Davis, A “Shining a light on Global Trade” TableAus, December 2014
  • Davis, A “Improving Wellbeing Through Trade: The Case for a Wellbeing Framework within the WTO” Global Voices Australia August 2014`

Referees:

Professor Ian Gwilt Professor of Design University of South Australia ian.gwilt@unisa.edu.au 0413 533 176

Professor Julie Bernhardt Laboratory Head AVERT Early Rehabilitation Research Group The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health julie.bernhardt@florey.edu.au (03) 9035 7072

Ms Jasmine Vreugdenburg Manager: Innovation & Collaboration Centre University of South Australia jasmine.vreugdenburg@unisa.edu.au 0408 856 858

Professor Ning Gu Professor of Architecture University of South Australia ning.gu@unisa.edu.au 0421 420 293

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