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Associate Professor, Industrial Design Program, School of Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Principal, Studio Soumitri.

Guest Professor, Foshan University , Foshan, PRC.

Technical Advisor (Hon), Barefoot College, Tilonia, India.

Education

  • 1998 – 2003, PhD, The Life Cycle of the Object: A Case Study in Material Culture. IIT Delhi, India.
  • 1991, Design Trainee, Hitachi Design Studios, Japan.
  • 1982 – 1985, Industrial Design (Diploma), National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
  • 1977 – 1982, Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Mysore University, India.

Current

  • Associate Professor, Industrial Design Program, School of Design. 2017 ~ Current.
  • Guest Professor, Foshan University, Foshan, PRC. 2007 ~ Current.
  • Studio Soumitri, Principal. 1986 ~ Current.
  • Barefoot College, Tilonia, India, Technical Advisor (Hon). 2017 ~ Current.

Professional Experience

  • 2016-2018, Austin Health, Melbourne, Senior Lecturer (Hon).
  • 2012-2017, Deputy Dean: Industrial, Interior Design and Master of Design Innovation and Technology, School of Architecture and Design.
  • 2012-2013, Director, Centre for Design and Society, School of Architecture and Design.
  • 2009-2012, Discipline Leader, Industrial Design Program, School of Architecture and Design.
  • 2010 ~ 2018, Encyclopedia of Asian Design, Bloomsbury, Editor Volume II (South and South East Asia).
  • 2003-2007, Program Director, Industrial Design Program, School of Architecture and Design.
  • 1994-2003, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, Associate Professor.
  • 1986-1993, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, Visiting Faculty.
  • 1987 – 1992, Ash Design Private Limited, New Delhi, India, Principal & Director.
  • 1985 – 1986, Matrix Design Private Limited, Pune (India), Manager – Projects and Planning.

International Experience

  • Foshan University (PRC). 2007 ~, Visiting Professor.
  • Srishti School of Art Design and Technology (Bangalore, India). 2011, Monitor & Advisor – Academic Vision, Teaching & Learning Practices.
  • Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). 2010, Vision and Draft Curriculum, School of Design.
  • Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. 2008-2011, Monitor – Industrial Design Program.
  • 2008 – 2010, Research Scholar & Advisor, National Institute of Design (the #1 Design School in India).
  • Zhejiang University (#3 in China/ PRC). 2005 ~, Visiting Professor.
  • Delhi University. 2002-2003, Member Secretary, School of Design Proposal.
  • School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (Program Completes 25 years in 2018). 1987-1992, MDes Program Proposal.
  • TVB School of Habitat Studies (School of Architecture), New Delhi. 1990-1991, Founder Member.

Awards

  • Australian Arts in Asia Award, 2013, The Bookwallah, AsiaLink
  • Certificate of Achievement, 2010, Internationalization of the Curriculum, RMIT University
  • University Award, 2005, Program Innovation: The Learner Centered Project, Industrial Design Program, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University
  • Indo-German Greentech Award for Environmental Excellence, 2001, The Campus Recycling Programme, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India

Selected Contributions

  • Active Member of Professional Associations: (1) Service Design Network, Melbourne; (2) LeNS Oceania, Learning Network for Sustainability; (3) DESIS Australia, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability.
  • International Agency Contribution: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – Served on Product Service Systems Working Group, Sustainable Consumption Working Group.
  • Community Activity – Graduate Support: Alumni Facebook group (Industrial Design Community, 800+ Members); LinkedIn network enabling Graduate Placement (4000+ Connections for students to access).

Selected Research Projects

  1. PanSupport: Development of an experience based co-design, supportive care app with and for people affected by pancreatic cancer, 2017 Supporting people with cancer, Cancer Council Australia, (AUD, 120,000).
  2. The “Older and Wiser” project: Development of a co-designed, online, supportive care resource for older adults affected by cancer, 2018 Supporting people with cancer, Cancer Council Australia, (AUD, 120,000).
  3. I Love Blended Learning: Enabling Learner Self-Management (LSM) within Learning Management Systems (LMS), Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, RMIT University, 2016 (AUD 60,000).
  4. Glass Fines Characterization, Cleaning and Repurposing, Sustainability Victoria, 2016 (AUD 100,000).
  5. Beautiful Blackboard, School Research Committee, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, 2015 (AUD 6,000).
  6. Ways of Working Together (Project Diabetes), Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, RMIT University, 2007 (AUD 60,000).
  7. The Indian European Ecodesign Programme, 1999-2003, With researchers from TU Delft, Netherlands & INETI, Protugal. EU India Economic Cross Cultural Programme (EU 400,000).
  8. Campus Recycling Programme, 1998-2003, IIT Delhi, Service Fee, (INR 120,000 pm), Commercialization with StartUp Support from Various sources.
  9. Study Tour of Design Schools in UK, 1996, British Council India (Travel Grant)

Selected Publications

Varadarajan, Soumitri (2018) All That Is Product Melts into Service, The Design Journal, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2018.1445579

Fennessy, L., Ramirez, M., Clune, S., Strachan, M., Lockrey, S., & Varadarajan, S. (2016). ‘Building capacity for sustainable product service systems in Australian industrial design education: a reflection upon contemporary practice’. Paper presented at the LeNSes Conference 2016: Sustainable Energy for All by Design.

Adibi, S. Dara, R. Wickramasinghe, N. Chan, C. and Varadarajan, S. 2013, ‘Privacy-enabled mobile-health (mHealth)-based diabetic solution’, in SmartData: Privacy Meets Evolutionary Robotics, Springer, New York, pp. 197-211 ISBN: 9781461464082.

Varadarajan, S. and Fennessy, L. 2012, ‘Educating for design activism’, in Live Projects: designing with people, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 200-213 ISBN: 9781921426933

Varadarajan, S. 2010, ‘Protection-from and connection-to: On how the sacred could be a framework for sustainable design practice’, in Design Philosophy Papers, Team D/E/S, Australia, vol. 1/2010, pp. 1-14 ISSN: 1448-7136.

Varadarajan, S. 2010, ‘A new beginning for teaching design for sustainability’, in Proceedings of Sustainability in design: Now! challenges and opportunities for design research, Education and practice in the XXI century: Proceedings of the LeNS Conference, Fabrizio Ceschin, Carlo Vezzoli, Jun Zhang (ed.), Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, United Kingdom, pp. 952-956 (LeNS conference).

Varadarajan, S. and Sandvik, E. 2010, ‘Will the social make design address the marginalized’, in Proceedings of the sustainability in design: now! Challenges and opportunities for design research, education and practice in the XXI Century: Proceedings of the LeNS Conference, Fabrizio Ceschin, Carlo Vezzoli, Jun Zhang (ed.), Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, United Kingdom, pp. 1057-1063 (LeNS conference).

Fennessy, L. Varadarajan, S. and Curlis, S. 2009, ‘Transnational experiences: India and China in Australian industrial design education’, in Cumulus 38º South: Hemispheric Shifts Across Learning, Teaching and Research, L. Fennessy, R. Kerr, G. Melles, C. Thong & E. Wright (ed.), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 1-11 (Cumulus 38º South).

Trathen, S. Varadarajan, S. and Mayson, S. 2007, ‘When Australian Design Works in China: Contemporary practice in design’, in Proceedings of ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Robert Zehrer, Carl Reidsema (ed.), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-4 (ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education).

Varadarajan, S. McLean, H. and Fennessy, L. 2007, ‘The Learner Centred Project: Negotiating social discourses in design education’, in Proceedings of ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education, Robert Zehrer (ed.), University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, pp. 1-4 (ConnectED 2007 International Conference on Design Education).

Varadarajan, S. 2006, ‘Material is a political thing’, in The Sensuous Intellect, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, pp. 122-129 ISBN: 1921166444.

Varadarajan, S. 2006, ‘My grandfather’s house: proscription and practice in the food system of the Iyengars of Tamil Nadu’, in Indo-Portuguese Encounters: Journeys in Science, Technology and Culture Volume 2, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India, pp. 711-734 ISBN: 8173053030.

Selected Research Completions (PhD)

  • Stealing is Sharing is Caring, Juliette Anich (2016).
  • All together and at Once the Practice: Towards a Pedagogy of Implication for Australian Industrial Design, Liam Fennessy (2016).
  • Serial Individualities: A Practice at the Junction of Special Occasion Micro-Design and Sustainability, Georgia McCorkill (2015).
  • Framework for Re-Visioning Design in Iraq, Qassim Saad (2013).
  • The Forensic Wall: How Ambiguity and Affinity are Enacted to Perform Interaction Design, Jeremy Yuille (2012).
  • Objects in Flux: The consumer modification of mass-produced goods, Scott, Mitchell (2011).