Laurene Vaughan is Deputy Dean Design, Games and Interaction in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, and a founding Research Leader in the RMIT Design Research Institute. She is on the advisory board for Prospect and Innovation Unit, Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and a board member for the Centre for Design Research, Oslo School of Architecture of Design. In 2011 – 2012 she held the position of Neirenberg Chair –Invited Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University. She supervises practice based research degrees at RMIT.
Laurene's practice spans the fields of design, art and academic writing. She exhibits internationally and over the past 10 years has undertaken site-specific works in Montreal, London, Galicia, Melbourne, Hobart and Paris. Her recent projects include The Stony Rises Project a curatorial exploration of vernacular practices, immigration, modes of dwelling and the crafting of landscape in the making of place. This included an associated book Designing Place (Melbourne Books 2010). In 2010 she undertook laureneroaming.com. With Sebastien Cacquard and William Cartwright co-edited Mapping Environmental Issues in the City (Springer 2011). Laurene co-edited Design Collectives: an approach to practice (Cambridge Press 2012), with Harriet Edquist. She is one of the lead researchers on the Circus Oz Living Archive Project and is currently co-editing Performing the Archive (Ashgate 2014) with David Carlin.