BA (Hons), MA, PhD
QCA’s Master of Design Futures, headed by Professor Tony Fry, offers postgraduate students cutting-edge research opportunities for engagements in sustainable futures and is currently engaged in international engagements with communities in East Timor. In 2009 QCA was awarded an Australian Development Research Award for a project titled Creative Industries, Development & Timor-Leste: A Case Educational Innovation. This QCA Griffith University-AusAID funded research project will gather research from which to establish design-based creative industry education in East Timor that is based on principles of sustainability, economic viability and employment generation.
To date research to date has focused on craft and design objects and skills via the examination of historical material, artifact collections and an extensive program of fieldwork that will provide the basis from which to develop a locally focused curriculum for an educational institution centered on the conservation of traditional skills and knowledge as well as product innovation, for design and craft through visual communication, languages and business.
Tony is also a director of sustainability consultancy Team D/E/S, Adjunct Professor, Queensland College of Art and Queensland University, an independent scholar and a contributing editor of the e-journal Design Philosophy Papers and the e-zine Design Philosophy Politics. He is also a farm forester and lives at and works from Ravensbourne, in the ranges of south east Queensland.
Tony was the founding director of the EcoDesign Foundation, Sydney (1991—2001) and formerly Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney, (1998—2001); Honorary Research Associate, University of Sydney (1996—2001); Associate Director. University of Sydney National Key Centre of Design Quality (1991—92); Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory, Power Institute, University of Sydney (1985—96). He has held visiting professorships, lectureships and fellowships at universities in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He has also run many professional development courses and seminars for the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.