Dr. Toni Roberts is a designer and artist whose work focuses on shaping experiential, spatial and material environments that communicate ideas and values to audiences. Toni is the Program Manager of the Bachelor of Communication Design and supervises postgraduate students in design and related fields, with a particular interest in designing for experience.
Working across a range of media and subject areas, Toni specialises in the strategic planning and design of interpretive exhibitions for museums, zoos, and other public contexts. Toni is one of very few researcher-practitioners working in interpretation design. Her PhD (2014) and ongoing research and practice contribute to the theoretical and practical foundations for this emerging profession.
Space, place and human interaction with the environment are central themes in Toni’s public art and exhibition work. Toni has led or been a key participant in numerous projects of significant scale and impact, including: The National Capital Exhibition in Canberra (current), Taronga Zoo Tigers supermarket kiosk, Whittlesea Bushfire Memorial, Royal Australian Mint Factory Viewing Gallery, Werribee Open Range Zoo Arrivals Precinct, and Auckland Zoo’s Te Wao Nui / New Zealand from Sea to Sky precinct. http://www.hatchlingstudio.com.au
Toni has a particular interest in the contribution that environmental humanities and post-humanist theory can make to sustainable futures, and collaborates in experimental research exploring this territory. Toni brings to her role a conviction that sustainability must be a central concern of design education and practice.