WA Branch Overview

The WA Branch of the Design Institute of Australia is the voice of professional design in Western Australia.

Our vision is to raise awareness and strengthen the profile of the design profession within the broader community.

We aim to establish WA as an epicentre of design innovation and creativity and to this end we actively work with community, government, business, industry and education sectors.

Our education programs include a Student Mixer, helping students forge essential relationships with leading WA design practitioners, along with a Student Portfolio Review, assisting emerging designers launch their careers.

The annual DIA WA Awards program, now in its fourteenth year encourages leadership and innovation in imaginative and sustainable design practice and has become an integral part of the Western Australian design landscape.

We believe in the power and potential of design and encourage all Western Australians to share in our vision.



Council Members

  • Stephen Moorcroft MDIA
    WA Chair; National Councillor

    Stephen is an expert in the briefing and strategic direction of commercial workplace interior design projects. He is a UK chartered architect, and has worked in London, Sydney, and Perth. He has been in a design role since 1997, specialised in commercial workplace since 2004, and has led large project and design discipline teams since 2005.

    Stephen has a varied architectural experience, including heritage residential and base build pharmaceutical laboratory projects. As well as new construction materials and technologies, Stephen is passionate about understanding what his clients need to best support their people, the developing nature of workplace demands, and how the physical environment can respond.

    He has increasingly focused on commercial workplace, both in consultant design and client design management roles. He is passionate about addressing clients’ challenges in workplace cultural change, technology integration, collaboration and future flexibility. He is a Principal and national workplace portfolio leader for Hames Sharley.

  • Simon Cheung FDIA
    WA Deputy Chair; National Councillor

    Simon is an industrial designer engaged in both the creative industry and academic circles. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Design from the Western Australian School of Art, Design, and Media.

    Director of Aurora Studio Design Practice, established in 2003, Simon is a problem solver who is driven by elegant and engaging solutions. His involvement with and passion for diverse projects has allowed him to work, explore, and play across Australia and Asia. He currently lectures at Curtin University and North Metropolitan TAFE.

    Simon has served on the Western Australian Branch Council for the past 8 years. He is driven by a desire to see stronger support for graduate designers, and a passion for advocating for local Australian designs and designers. Simon draws inspiration from new experiences and adventures, recharging his passion for design and education.

  • Dr Sacha DeVelle MDIA
    WA Branch Manager

    Sacha is the newly appointed WA Branch Manager and has a background in educational assessment, project and stakeholder management. She has worked in Australia, Dubai, Europe, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom across the not-for-profit, government, private and higher education sectors.

    Sacha’s passion for interior design, art and fashion has been heavily influenced by her work locations, and also provides a number of transferable skills around member and volunteer needs. More recently, she has been the Heritage Officer for the Royal Kings Park Tennis Club, a voluntary role that works closely with members from the Tennis Club and Next Gen Kings Park.

    With experience in event management, relationship building and Council support, Sacha is committed to working with the WA design community at the state and national levels.

  • Lynnette Kohler MDIA
    WA Councillor

    Lynnette has qualifications in both Interior Design and Textile Design and has over 25 years experience working as an Interior Designer in Western Australia. She has run her own design practice Kohler Design for the past 15 years working with leading architects and developers on projects ranging from multi residential, aged care, display homes, hospitality and multi million dollar private homes. Recently she has started work on two major hotel renovations in regional Western Australia.

    A member of the DIA for the past 14 years – she has always wanted to be able to contribute more to the design community in Western Australia.

  • Kate Manser
    WA Councillor

    Kate has been on the council of the WA DIA for over 4 years, supporting and contributing.

    Kate is a passionate designer with over 25 years’ experience in the field of gold and silversmithing and interior design.

    She originally established herself both in the UK and Perth with a strong following of clients, demanding her unique organic style.

    Her experience and intuition into clients’ need has aided in to help manage clients expectations and has led her into the role of Client and Design, Relationship Management in interior design.

  • Carissa Peche
    WA Councillor

  • David Smith MDIA
    WA Councillor

    Following training in Interior Design David began work as an in-house designer for several furniture manufacturers. Following several years working in the UK he returned to Perth and in 1997 he joined The Shorter Group’s multi-disciplinary design division. The group later merged with marketing giant Marketforce where David led the 3D Design team.

    In 2005 he formed United Studio which has led to projects in retail, hospitality and commercial interiors, architecture, signage and wayfinding, furniture design, brand environments and graphic design. The studio is multi-disciplined and provides an unusual breadth of services.

    David has completed projects across Australia and New Zealand for customers including the Kailis Group, HBF, St John Ambulance, LandCorp, Hartleys, the PTA, Murdoch University, 303 MullenLowe, IPG Group, Lend Lease and numerous private clients.

    David’s work has been recognised with two Universal Design Awards and multiple PADC and DIA WA Awards.

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