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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
- Glass Fines Characterization, Cleaning and Repurposing, Sustainability Victoria, 2016 (AUD 100,000).
- Beautiful Blackboard, School Research Committee, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, 2015 (AUD 6,000).
- Ways of Working Together (Project Diabetes), Learning and Teaching Investment Fund, RMIT University, 2007 (AUD 60,000).
- The Indian European Ecodesign Programme, 1999-2003, With researchers from TU Delft, Netherlands & INETI, Protugal. EU India Economic Cross Cultural Programme (EU 400,000).
- Campus Recycling Programme, 1998-2003, IIT Delhi, Service Fee, (INR 120,000 pm), Commercialization with StartUp Support from Various sources.
- Study Tour of Design Schools in UK, 1996, British Council India (Travel Grant)
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).