Professor Margaret Petty

Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship
University of Technology, Sydney

Professor Petty is the Executive Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Technology where she is responsible for shaping the ongoing vision, direction and priorities of the UTS Innovation & Entrepreneurship Strategy.

As Executive Director, Prof. Petty assists in the identification of opportunities with stakeholders from across the University to ensure the success of cross institutional and cross functional projects, as well as providing expert advice to the UTS Senior Executive and Deans, supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

Through her various work, endeavors, pursuits, and research, she strives to champion how important and valuable good design is in addressing the biggest challenges facing the world today.

Margaret’s research broadly investigates the discourse, production, and consumption practices of the modern built environment, with a particular focus on artificial lighting and interiors.

She has published broadly in academic journals such as the JSAH, Journal of Design History, Home Cultures, Interiors, and PLAT and is co-editor of Cities of Light: Two Hundred Years of Urban Illumination (Routledge, 2015) with Sandy Isenstadt and Dietrich Neumann, as well as Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail (Routledge, 2017) with Anca Lasc and Patricia Lara-Betancourt.

Professor Petty has a Ph.D. in Architectural History, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ; Doctoral course work and qualifying exams & MA, Design History, The Bard Graduate Center, NYC and a BA, Art History, Summa cum Laude, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.