Dr. Oya Demirbilek

Associate Professor, Industrial Design
UNSW

Dr Oya Demirbilek is an Associate Professor in Industrial Design, and was the Associate Dean of Education for Built Environment (2013-17) at UNSW, leading the curriculum development and helping enhance the experience of students and academic staff.

Before that, she was Program Head for Industrial Design (2006-09), and Postgraduate Program Director for the Master of Industrial Design and Master of Science Industrial Design Programs (2002-05) at UNSW.

Before joining UNSW, Oya was an academic in Industrial Design (1991-00) at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara.

She also held an Instructor position in Product Design at Art Centre College of Design (Europe) in La Tour-de-Peilz (1989-90).

In 2010, Oya was an invited International Jury Member for the 2010 Turkey Industrial Design Awards. In her teaching, she enjoys helping her students build their confidence and find their design research directions to complete their graduation projects.

Her research work is two-fold: one is in investigating ways to capture people’s perceptions of the design language of products and brands; and the second is in exploring and finding ways to help make old age physically and emotionally more comfortable for all.

Both research areas include empathy, inclusive design approaches, and co-designing with real people. Besides this, Oya is also an award-winning designer of international repute. She designs and makes geometric jewellery, and her design work has been exhibited in Istanbul, Ankara, Paris, and Sydney.

More information about Oya here.