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 as the Associate Dean (Education).
Before coming to Australia in 2000, I lived in 7 different countries, mostly in Europe, and before even graduating, I worked as a freelance designer with Swissline Hardegger Handels, a ceramic factory in Switzerland. After graduation, I had my first teaching experience at the prestigious Art Center College of Design (Europe) in La-Tour-de-Peilz.
In my Associate Dean of Education role at UNSW, I lead the curriculum development and help enhance the experience of staff and students. In my teaching, I help students build their confidence and find their design research directions to complete their graduation 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 approaches and working with old people, as co-designers.
Besides this, I am also an award-winning designer of international repute, I design and make geometric jewellery, and glass beads are one of my favorite materials. My design work has been exhibited in Istanbul, Ankara, Paris, and Sydney.