Tony Fry

Tony Fry, Master of Design Futures Program ConvenorTony Fry, Master of Design Futures Program Convenor

Here I am at work! It’s true. Working as a consultant on a project in Kerala, Southern India in late 2011. I get around. My life is a bit complex. I lead Design Futures at QCA, for the past three years I have been directing a Griffith University AusAID funded project in East Timor, I do a lot of writing – it forces me to think and gives me a lot of satisfaction (my latest book, Becoming Human by Design, is being published in Europe and the USA in late 2012), and I have a small farm, which gives me more work, but also peace and the ability to restore myself.

Tony Fry BA (Hons), MA, PhD leads the Master of Design Futures program and teaches Design Futures theory courses across all disciplines.  He is a designer, design theorist, cultural theorist and educator. He was the founding director of the EcoDesign Foundation, Sydney (1991-2001) and formerly Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney, (1998-2001); Honorary Research Associate, University of Sydney (1996-2001); Associate Director University of Sydney National Key Centre of Design Quality (1991-92); Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory, Power Institute, University of Sydney (1985-96). 

He has held visiting professorships, lectureships and fellowships at universities in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. As a consultant Tony has worked in many areas of design, sustainability and futures for the corporate sector, professional organizations and government. He was also an environmental design manager for several Sydney Olympics venues. Tony has been a member of award winning design teams for both national and international projects and design competitions. Tony is the author of nine books and has written numerous book chapters and articles.

I am changed as a designer. Design Futures gave me a different mindset. It was the most valuable time I ever had – it gave me a new life.
Woo Young Shin
Master of Design Futures, 2011 / Korea