SA/NT Branch

The SA/NT Branch of the Design Institute of Australia is the voice of professional design in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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 SA/NT branch aims to support our members, connecting them with important networks to cultivate beneficial business relationships. We also aim to equip and inspire our designers, both new and established, to help promote design excellence in our region.

Our vision is to raise awareness and increase the profile of the design profession within the community. We want to promote South Australian and the Northern Territory as a leading centre of design innovation and creativity - where the contribution of our local designers is celebrated.

We believe in the power and potential of design and encourage everyone to share our vision.



Council Members

  • Peter Coombs MDIA
    SA NT Chair; National Councillor

    Peter Coombs is a designer, jeweller, and metalsmith based in Adelaide. Specialising in eyewear, Peter’s prolific experience has spanned jewellery, timepieces, flatware, and corporate and ceremonial commissions.

    He made his first pair of spectacles whilst undertaking a Bachelor of Design at the University of South Australia. From there evolved a thirty year journey exploring alternative, innovative ways to form and colour a variety of precious and refractive metals.

    Peter has served on the DIA South Australia Northern Territory Branch Council since 2013, became Vice-Chair in 2014, and took over as Chair in 2015. His design philosophy is driven by the ongoing challenge of resolving artistic design and lively expression with longevity, comfort, and functionality for the wearer. He is most inspired by the characters, ideas, and interactions that he encounters in everyday life.

  • Anna Brown MDIA
    SA NT Co-Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    Anna Brown is a lecturer in Product Design at the University of South Australia and has a decade of professional experience as a product and furniture designer in both Australia and Italy.

    A passionate believer in sustainable and social design practices, Anna values collaboration. She is passionate about cross-cultural learning experiences, and has championed a move in design education at the University of South Australia towards creative thinking and hybrid learning modes over traditional skill uptake.

    Anna is a long-standing member of the DIA South Australia Northern Territory Branch Council, serving as co-vice Chair since 2016, and convenor of the South Australian Graduate of the Year Awards. Anna’s involvement with the DIA has driven a long-standing and fruitful relationship with the South Australian education community.

  • Jaana Bithell MDIA
    SA NT Co-Deputy Chair

    Jaana is an Associate and Senior Interior Designer at Studio Nine Architects. Highly passionate and detailed, she understands the true value of design as a tool of communication. As a self-confessed design nerd, Jaana is a born organiser and problem solver who places strong emphasis on deriving an acute understanding of client and site to inform her design thinking. She believes in an honest approach to materiality and form to create long-lasting design solutions.

    Jaana joined the SA/NT Branch Council in 2017, stepping up as Co-Vice Chair in 2018. She believes life is better by design and is passionate about furthering the appreciation, respect and strength of the Australian design community on both a local and global scale. The DIA is a place where she can share this passion with colleagues, wider industry and public through various educational, informative, and social events and programmes.

    Outside of the design world, Jaana is an avid freediver, and enjoys travelling locally and abroad to further her own dive practice.

  • Steph Callow
    SA NT Branch Manager

  • Dr Nathan James Crane
    SA NT Councillor

    Nathan is a design writer and academic. He has been widely published as a design commentator and editor on titles including The Adelaide Review, Marmalade, LUXURY and FORM Journal and is a regular guest judge for design competitions in Australia. Nathan is currently the director of Minutia Design Media and a sessional lecturer in design history and theory at various institutions including the International College of Hotel Management and the University of South Australia.

  • Judd Crush FDIA
    SA NT Councillor

    Judd is a founder and director of Enoki, a multidisciplinary design firm specialising in graphic design and interior architecture. He is a Fellow member of the Design Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Graphic Design Association. After graduating with a Bachelor of Design, Illustration from the University of South Australia in 1992, he has become a highly respected designer amongst his peers with a penchant for unique, dynamic, and thought provoking design solutions.

    Judd is considered a specialist across many areas of graphic design, from brand creation to packaging and environmental graphics to name a few. He believes every project demands an individual approach starting with a solid understanding of the client brief. Judd has won numerous awards and gives back to the design community through presentations, judging on awards panels and mentoring.

  • Tom Doull MDIA
    SA NT Councillor

    Tom is an Associate and Senior Architect at Grieve Gillett Andersen. In addition to this he has taught at the University of Adelaide School of Architecture and Built Environment since 2009. Tom has sixteen years’ experience at several architectural firms since graduating from the University of Adelaide. He has been involved in the design, documentation and delivery of a wide variety of projects and gained experience in public, commercial, institutional, educational and residential design.

    Growing up in both Adelaide and New York, Tom is a keen observer of the machinations of cities and the potential for design to play a positive part in people’s daily lives.

  • Amy Grundy MDIA
    SA NT Councillor

    Amy is co-founder of Studio AKA, and is a registered architect with over twelve years’ experience in the industry. Amy has a strong passion for holistic design, from the macro to the micro, crafting timeless creations. She believes that creative design is relevant through all stages of a building’s life, and enjoys collaborating on projects and sharing ideas with like-minded passionate people. These core values are the foundation of Studio AKA as a multi-disciplinary practice.

  • Alex Hayward
    SA NT Councillor

    Alex is a passionate young designer driven by curiosity and a desire to share the value of the design process. A graduate of Flinders University’s new Design & Technology Innovation program, his passion for improving the human experience and push for sustainable design helped him to receive a commendation in the 2018 DIA Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYAs) for Product/Industrial Design.

    Joining as a student member in 2017 and coming from a small study program, Alex’s involvement with the DIA has cemented the value and importance of a supportive design community. He currently works as a packaging designer for the Detmold Group in their innovative LaunchPad office. He enjoys the challenge of developing the most sustainable packaging solutions possible for clients both locally and around the world.

  • Jan-Marie Jaillei
    SA NT Councillor

    Inspired by years of travelling the world, Jan-Marie brings the essence of the international market to her work as an interior designer, producing exceptional environments to meet the needs of her clients. Now settled in Darwin with her own interior design studio, Jan-Marie has also lived in Hong Kong, New York, London and the Middle East, furthering her studies along the way. She brings a unique wealth of perspectives and insights to her work, including the ability to work across a diverse range of clients and cultures.

    With over 17 years professional experience and a can-do attitude, Jan-Marie will be an invaluable asset to the DIA SA/NT Branch as she helps strengthen our connections with the Northern Territory design community.

  • Simon Modra MDIA
    SA NT Councillor

    Simon is a skilled industrial designer who is currently contracted to UniSA as an academic researcher on Australia’s Future Submarine project. He has a Dual Masters in Architecture and Design Construct, and specializes in architecture, hotel interiors, scale model making and furniture production. Simon is a PhD candidate, currently researching “Methodologies for applying anthropomorphic data to designing human spaces in capsule environments”. He began Simon Modra Design in Sydney in 1993 and is also a co-owner of The Motorcycle Society café and workshop.
  • Stephanie Small
    SA NT Councillor

  • Andrew Whittaker MDIA
    SA NT Councillor

    Andrew is an industrial designer with over 30 years industry experience. After completing an Industrial Design course in 1985, Andrew worked both locally and overseas - for Clipsal, Applied Design Development and Continuum in Italy. From 1999 to 2017 Andrew was a founding partner and director at Fingo Product Design based in Adelaide. During that time, he also worked as a part-time lecturer at UniSA until he accepted a full time position in 2016.

    Andrew is a Fellow of the DIA and served as the South Australian Co-President for 4 years. He has been involved with the SA/NT Council for over 18 years. Andrew works with students from all years in both Undergraduate and Post Graduate degrees and maintains important external industry links. He has significant experience with the design of parts for mass production and has many patents and design registrations to his name.

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