Katrina Simon

Katrina Simon is a designer and visual artist with a background in architecture, landscape architecture and fine art. She has been at UNSW Australia since 2007, and has taught across years 2 – 4 in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, as well as the MPhil and MLA. Prior to joining the program, Katrina was Program Leader for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as being a supervisor and reviewer in the Masters by Project research program. She has taught in the architecture programs at the University of Auckland and the University of Cambridge, UK, and has been an invited critic and examiner at numerous landscape architecture, architecture and design programs in Australia and New Zealand.
Her research interests are in design research, mapping, the history and design of cemeteries, and the impacts of earthquakes and other disasters on cites. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, has held residencies in Paris and New York, and has won and placed in a range of art, landscape and urban design competitions and awards. Recent research work has been exhibited, presented and published in Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, UK and China. In 2015 Katrina was part of a design team including Russell Rodrigo and Kate-Irwin-Faulks whose entry was a finalist in the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial competition, for a site in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her PhD research on mapping and landscape representation has been extended for the recent Prague Quadrennial in Performance Design and Space into a collaborative project with Simon Twose based on the radically altered urban and architectural conditions in post-earthquake Christchurch. This evolving urban condition is a focus for a range of on-going research design and exhibition projects. Katrina is also currently a co-convenor of the Faculty’s design research cluster – DO Design Research Collaboration.