My name is Oya Demirbilek. I am an industrial designer and an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Built Environment, where I teach, do research and have a substantial leadership role, being the Associate Dean (Education).
Before coming to Australia, I lived in 7 different countries, mostly in Europe, and before even graduating, I worked as a freelance designer with a ceramic factory in Switzerland, then after graduation, I had the chance to teach at the prestigious Art Center College of Design (Europe) in La-Tour-de-Peilz, and also received a few design awards along the way.
In my teaching, I help industrial design students build their confidence and figure out their design research directions to complete their projects.
My research is in exploring and finding ways to help make old age physically and emotionally more comfortable for all. This includes inclusive design and design for our future selves. An important part of this includes working with old people, as co-designers.
In my Associate Dean (Education) role, I help enhance the experience of staff and students in the faculty.
When I am not doing all of that, I sketch, draw, make, watch science fiction movies, bake or repair things. Among all, I love designing and making geometric jewelry, and glass beads are one of my favorite materials.