Key Speakers

Welby Ings

Auckland University of Technology

Professor Ings is an internationally renowned speaker and educational reformer, who sees productive disobedience as behaviour that pushes our thinking and action into new and unconsidered realms. In 2017, his best-selling book Disobedient Teaching became influential in the reconceptualisation of New Zealand education. He reviews for several national and international publications and funding agencies. He is also an internationally renowned film maker, designer and author.

Professor Ings has dedicated his academic career to researching and supporting practice-led inquiry that accommodates and extends ways of thinking, beyond the linear and ritualised. He believes that the Academy is enriched, not by tradition but by its ability to embrace diverse ways of researching, including the enablement of indigenous, artistic, professional and heuristic approaches to knowledge generation.

Terry Irwin

Terry Irwin is Director of the Transition Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and was the Head of School from 2009 to 2019. Terry has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Her research is in Transition Design, a new area of design study, practice and research that argues for societal transition toward more sustainable futures. Terry, along with Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise developed Transition Design and integrated it into programs and curricula at the School of Design in 2014.

Terry has been a practicing designer for more than 40 years and was one of the founding partners of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in Berlin, London, San Francisco and Zurich. She served as the Creative Director of the San Francisco office from 1992 to 2002 and worked with Fortune 500 clients such as Nike, Apple Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Barclay's Bank, Ernst and Young (EY), Nissan, Sony, and Berlin's Transport company, BVG. MetaDesign worked on projects in the areas of computer software and interface design, brand identity systems, exhibition and way finding and information design.