Blair Kuys is a Professor of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and is currently department chair of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design within the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. Blair completed a PhD with the CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology in 2010. He is an active researcher and has been instrumental in embedding industrial design research, theories and practice in traditional manufacturing fields to sustain and grow productivity. Blair has a unique ability to work closely with scientists, manufacturers and engineers to legitimise industrial design and the serious impact it can have on an organisation.
Blair has successfully been awarded six Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Community Engagement (2008), Teaching—Higher Education (2009), Sustainability (2010), Internationalisation (2011), Research—Early Career (2012) and Industry Engagement (2014). In 2015 and 2016 he won the Dean’s award for outstanding contribution to the School of Design, largely attributed to his industry focused research. These awards highlight his strong commitment to important values for Swinburne University of Technology showing commitment and leadership across all portfolios.