ACT Branch

The ACT branch of the Design Institute of Australia is the voice of professional design in the ACT.

We are actively working with community, government, business, industry and education sectors within the industries of manufacturing, product, fashion, built environment, communications, business and many more.

The ACT branch is also highly active in the areas of education and socially responsible design.

Our vision is to raise awareness and increase the profile of the design profession within the community. We want to establish the ACT as an epicentre of design innovation and creativity - where the contribution of leading ACT designers is recognised.

Our aim is to equip designers with skills to enhance their professional lives, support designers with services and advice throughout their careers, connect designers with each other and with clients, customers and business, celebrate and promote Australian design excellence, inspire people to value design and designers to do their best work, advocate on behalf of designers to government, industry and the community.

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Council Members

  • Femke Rensen FDIA
    ACT Chair; National Councillor

    Femke joined the DIA in 1994, and since 2010 she has been an active participant on the ACT Branch Council. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from UTS, and an Advanced Diploma of Interior Design from the Sydney Institute’s Design Centre Enmore.

    An interior designer with 20 years’ experience in the design industry in Sydney, Femke is primarily involved in commercial projects specialising in workplace and airport design. She has worked in small, medium and large architectural design practices, and she has managed her own design practice in Australia and overseas.

    Femke has also been involved in design education in Sydney, Mauritius and India. Femke now works in the public sector, managing office accommodation nationally for a government department.

  • Lisa Biddiscombe MDIA
    ACT Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    An interior designer with over 20 years’ experience, Lisa’s design practice is driven by creativity, strong relationships, and collaboration as a basis for all projects.

    Lisa graduated from Queensland University of Technology with Honours in 1995 and went on to work with Nettleton Tribe Partnership in Brisbane and Bligh Voller Nield in Canberra where she developed a complete range of design, documentation and project coordination skills while working on government and private projects.

    Lisa lectured at Canberra Institute of Technology, leading to nearly ten years of teaching and mentoring Interior and Building Design students and eventually serving as course coordinator.

    Lisa manages The Peppermint Room and is Director of SQC Architecture. She joined the DIA in 2012, and joined the ACT Branch Council in 2013.

  • Meg Campbell
    ACT Councillor

  • Kyle Millington
    ACT Councillor

    Kyle has Interior Design Qualifications from the Canberra Institute of Technology, University of Canberra and Instituto Europeo di design, seat of Milano all of which have developed his skills in all aspects of Interior Design. Since being in the industry and working on a variety of Government and Private Industry Projects these skills have been further developed.

    With an ambitious nature and meticulous work standard Kyle has been a major contributor to the success of all projects in which he fills a role. Kyle prides himself on maintaining a high level of effective communication with Colleagues and Clients and also in the work that he produces ensuring a high level of Client service and ethical standards.

    Kyle is a member of the Design Institute of Australia ACT Branch Committee and continues to assist in the Branch’s events to advocate, celebrate, connect, equip, inspire and support members.

  • Niklavs Rubenis
    ACT Councillor

    Niklavs Rubenis is a designer, maker, curator and academic with a diverse research and studio practice. He has been involved with projects spanning community, non-profit, commercial and cultural institutions, and has had work exhibited and presented nationally and internationally. He divides his time between studio practice and lecturing at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University.

  • Serenity Warby
    ACT Councillor

    Serenity moved to Canberra in 2000 where she was to begin her Journey into the world of creative thinkers.

    Accepting an offer as an apprentice cabinet maker, she began her journey into a role that would help develop her creativity and a love for timber. She was nominated and achieved runner up, for female apprentice of the year in a non-traditional trade. As a cabinet maker Serenity worked on both private detail joinery projects and a number of large commercial projects.

    It was in this role that Serenity met and worked alongside some of Canberra’s most talented designers. With her interest in design ignited and a unique perspective, once she completed her furnishing degree through the Canberra institute of technology, she then enrolled and completed an advanced Diploma of Interior design.

    Since completing her studies Serenity has worked in various roles, working in both the commercial and private markets. She has developed strong relationships with her clients and colleagues. Serenity enjoys collaborating to achieve outcomes that are beautiful, functional and sustainable.

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