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Topics covered

  1.          Art Therapy

  2.          Design and Creative Thinking

  3.          Complex Needs (cognitive impairment, Brain injury, etc)

  4.          Home

  5.          Homelessness

  6.          Domestic Violence

  7.          Stress

  8.          Wellbeing

  9.          Social and Community Design

  10.          Experience

  11.          Interior Architecture

  12.          Person Environment Relationship

  13.          Colour Studies

  14.          Sustainability

  15.          Miscellaneous



Smith,D., Courtney J. Wright,C.J., Ali Lakhani, A., and Zeeman,H. (2017) Art processes: A research tool for acquired brain injury and residential design. Art and Health 9(3).

Smith D. (July-August 2018) Art Therapy draws on Place. Eds.  ECArTE conference (Krakow, 2017) ‘Traditions in Transition: new articulations in the arts therapies’ and the book is due for publication in 2019.

Smith, D. (2017) Art therapy draws on space. Traditions in Transition: New articulations in the arts therapies. 14th European Arts Therapies Conference, 13 to 16 September 2017, Krakow, Poland.



Tiwari R., Ashe, K. & Smith D. (2017) Silent Voices. Kidogo Art Gallery, Fremantle. November 12th 2017

Tiwari R., Smith D. (2016)  Behaviour Change through Performance - Lakhnu India

Tiwari R., Smith D. (2012)  Conversations through physical and social spaces constructing the unseen and the unheard. . Interior Affair a State of Becoming. FORM Gallery: Perth, September 7-9th

Smith, D., Molloy, M., Hedley, P. and students from France/Spain trip (2003) Exhibition ‘journal intime de voyage’, D block under croft, QUT.

Smith, D., Demirbilek, N. & Scott, A. (2007) The design experience: A visual narrative, Dancing with Disaster Conference, Turkey, June, 2007.

Boughen, S., McCombe, C. and Smith, D. (2005) ‘Reversioning as collaborative practice: The space between memory and skin’, SPIN: Speculation and Innovation Conference: Applying practice-Led Research in the Creative Industries, Creative Industries, Brisbane, 30 March–1 April 2005, pp.     (Refereed abstract and public presentation)

Smith, D. & Bennett, A. (2001) ‘les Fragments de la Memoire’, Brisbane Power House, New Farm, Qld, 6 December 2001. (An installation of works on paper by built environment students in a workshop by Karen Papacek in La Perrière, France).



Smith, D. and Karol, E. (2017) Smith, D. & Karol, E. Improving Chances? A design strategy to improve health and wellbeing. Environment and Health Special Edition. Australasian Medical Journal. Vol 10, No 6 pp478-488.

Lakhani, A., Zeeman, H., Islam, R., Watling, D., Wright, C., and Smith, D. (2017) Using the AHP to establish inclusive housing development priorities for industry. ISAHP 2018*

Most Innovative IDEA Award. Track #4 Applications in Civil Engineering and Urban Management at ISAHP, July 12-15th, 2018.

Zeeman  Heidi, Kendall  Elizabeth, Whitty  Jennifer, Wright  Courtney, Townsend  Clare, Smith  Dianne, Lakhani  Ali, Kennerley  Samantha. (2016) Study protocol: developing a decision system for inclusive housing: applying a systematic, mixed-method quasi-experimental design. BMC Public Health16:261. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-2936-x


Cognitive Impairment including Brain Injury

Smith D. (2018) Feeding the belief: built environments as sites of discrimination In. Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies.  Eds. Michael Kent, Katie Ellis and Rachael Robertson. Chapter pp.

Smith, D. (2015) An Insane Perspective to the Occupation of Interiors. In Churchill, L., Smith, D. Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution. Ashgate

Smith D. & MacDonald J. (2015) Design as a Rehabilitative Tool for People with Acquired Brain Injury: Mapping the Field. Journal of Interior Design, 2015, Vol.40(3), pp.21-38.

Smith, D. (2012) Pandora’s Box: Creative Practice in the becoming of cognitive impairment.  IDEA Symposium 2012. Perth, September 7-9th

Smith, D. (2009) Spatial design as a facilitator for people with less visible impairments. Australian Medical Journal, Vol 1, No 13 (2009): Design and Health IV pp. 220-227.

Smith, D. & Adkins, B. (2006) ‘The environmental experience of shopping with cognitive impairment’, IDEA Journal 2006, pp. 72–86.

Adkins, B., Smith, D., Barnett, K. & Grant, E. (2005) ‘Public space as “context” in the design of technology for people with cognitive impairment’, Information, Communication and Society, 9 (3): 355–372.



Franz, J., Hedley, P., Molloy, M. & Smith, D. ‘Calling Home’, QUT Art Museum, 4 Oct 2002.



Karol, E. & Smith, D. (2015) Using design practice to re-conceptualize provision of services in intractable situations. The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 8, Issue 3-4, 2015, pp.15-25. (Published Online: October 22, 2015)

Jerome, K.P., Franz, J. & Smith, D. (2006) ‘A design workshop for youth “at risk”’, IDEA Journal 2006, pp. 42–59.



Lommerse M., Donnachie K., Churchill L, Smith D. (2012) Women’s Place. Interior Affair a State of Becoming. FORM Gallery: Perth, September 7-9th

Smith, D., Churchill, L., Lommerse, M., (2012) Empowering Through Design: A case of Becoming. Interior: a State of Becoming. IDEA Symposium 2012. Perth, September 7-9th

Barnett, K., Buys, L., Lovie-Kitchen, J., Boulton-Lewis, G., Smith, D., Heffernan, M. & David, N. (2007) ‘Older women’s fears of violence: The need for interventions that enable active ageing’, Journal of Women & Aging, 19(3/4): 179–193.



Smith, D. & Lilly, L. (2016) Understanding student perceptions of stress in creativity-based higher education programs: A case study in interior architecture. J. of Interior Design Volume 41, Issue 2, pp39-55.



Smith, D., Metcalfe, P., & Lommerse, M. (2012). Interior architecture as an agent for wellbeing. Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, 19(3), 2-9. Available from

dos Santos, C., Abrusci, K., Carter, A., Myszka, A., Smith, D. (2011) ‘The challenge of addressing health via Interior Architecture’, The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, 3rd Annual International Arts and Health Conference, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT. 14 - 17 November 2011 (Refereed abstract)



NTROs: Construction on site 2015-2016 Lakhnu Village, India

Di Mauro, S., Smith, D. & Peacock-Smith, R. (1996) Isis Project Exhibition, Childers Gallery, Childers, Qld, 1996.

Smith, D., Lommerse, M., & Metcalfe, P. (Eds.). (2014). Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture (2nd ed.). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Publishers.

Tiwari, R., Lommerse, M., & Smith, D. (Eds.). (2014). M2 Models and Methodologies for Community Engagement Springer.  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Publishers.

Metcalfe P., Schnapper J. & Smith D. (2014) The Anatomy of the Gaanv: The relationship of space and place with caste, religion and gender. The International Journal of Community Diversity. Volume 13, Issue 1.

Schnapper, J., Metcalfe, P. & Smith, D. (2013) The Anatomy of Gaanv, an Indian Village: The Relationship of Space and Place with Caste, Religion, and Gender. Thirteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. Darwin. June26-28, 2013. ID D13P0173

Smith, D., Lommerse, M., & Metcalfe, P. (Eds.) (2011).  Life from the Inside: Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture (1st ed.). Perth, WA: Pencil and Paper. 

Smith, D. (2011). Interiors can address Social Justice: fact or fiction? In Life from the Inside: Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture. 78-109. Perth: Paper & Pencil Press. ISBN 97809871009480 (pbk.)

Beeck, S., Smith, D., Lommerse, M., Metcalfe, P. (2011). An introduction to social sustainability and interior architecture. 13-23. In Life from the Inside: Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture. 78-109. Perth: Paper & Pencil Press. ISBN 97809871009480 (pbk.)

Di Mauro, S., Smith, D. et al. (1995) Childers-Isis Community Project, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld. (video recording)



Boughen, S., McCombe, C. & Smith, D. (2005) The space between memory and skin, The Block, Creative Industries Precinct, 24–29 Mar 2005.



Churchill, L., Smith, D. (2015) Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution. Ashgate (now Routledge

Lommerse, M. & Smith D. (2010) Permeable Boundaries: Interiors—A Field of Possibilities, John Curtin Gallery, April 2010. Exhibition.

Lommerse, M. & Smith D. (2010) Permeable Boundaries: Interiors—A Field of Possibilities, John Curtin Gallery, April 2010. Opening Event.

Smith, D. (2005) ‘Do I decorate?’ in eds S. Abbot, A. Hortz, S. Scullin, D. Smith & R. Kurucz, Interior Design Publication, QUT, Brisbane, Qld, ISBN 1 74107 107 0, pp. 15–19. (Refereed article)

Parnell, R. & Smith, D. (2012) Authentic Learning as a Case of Becoming. Interior: a State of Becoming. IDEA Symposium 2012. Perth, September 7-9th

Smith D. & Lommerse, M. & (2010) ‘A permeable field of possibities’, Permeable Boundaries: Interiors—A Field of Possibilities’ catalogue.

Franz J. & Smith D. (2007) Editorial IDEA Journal 2007: 1-2.

Smith D. (2006) ‘Interior design’, Three: Design excellence in Queensland, DIA Queensland publication, Mar 2006, pp. 46–59.

Smith D. (2006) ‘Interior design as social design: what? when? & why?’  EXIT, School of Design, QUT, Brisbane, Qld. ISBN 1 74107 143 7

Smith D. (2003) Commentary for DIA Awards

Smith D. (2003) Design review of Gadens Interior, Brisbane, Artichoke, vol 3/1.

Smith, D. (2000) ‘Environmental interpretation and the construction of environmental meaning’, Spectrum, Journal of the Colour Society of Australia, 14(20): 9–12. 

Smith, D. (1995) ‘The interdependency of design and the community’, in Design for the Community, eds V. Popovic et al., QUT, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 100–103.

Smith, D. (1998) ‘Untitled’, in Strata, QUT, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 7–8.

Smith, D. (1998) ‘Interiors: Constructing space or interpreting place’, in Interior Design: In or Out?, National Interior Design Forum 1997, ed. D. Smith, QUT, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 71–72.

Smith, D. (1998) Forward to ‘Interior Design: A profession, an activity or an adjunct to other activities?’ in Interior Design: In or Out?, National Interior Design Forum 1997, ed. D. Smith, QUT, Brisbane, Qld, 1997, pp. 2–3.



Shah, Rinkle, Franz, Jill M., & Smith, Diane [sic] (2009) Existential experience : the unfolding. In The 2nd Architecture and Phenomenology International Conference, 26-29 June 2009 , Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto

Suresh, M., Franz, J. & Smith, D. (2007) ‘Interior design from an integrative health systems perspective reveals the “Hidden Dimension”’, Inhabiting Risk, IDEA 2007, New Zealand, June 2007: pp. 147–157. (Fully refereed; published proceedings)

Suresh, M., Smith, D. & Franz, J. (2006) ‘Person–Environment relationships to health and wellbeing: An integrated approach’, IDEA Journal 2006, pp. 87–102.

Smith, D. (2005) ‘Environmental distinctions: The discriminating dining environment’, Les Cahiers du CICLaS, October (6): 55–73.

Suresh, M., Franz, J.M. & Dianne, D. [sic] (2005) ‘Holistic health and interior environment: Using the psychoneuroimmunological model to map person–environment research in design’, in eds R.G.S Goh & N.R.Ward Proceedings Smart Systems 2005 Postgraduate Research Conference, pp. 188–195, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

Smith, D. (2004) ‘Distinctions within identity: The café and you’, New Geographies, Stout Research Centre, Paris. (Un-refereed paper)

Smith, D. (2002) ‘—: A discussion of changing paradigms’, presentation to the Institute of Architects, Durban, South Africa.

Smith D. (2002) ‘Architectural context: A Peircean frame’, Interpretants of Charles Peirce and his work. Peirce-Related papers, Arisbe: the Peirce Gateway: Library of papers related to the work of Charles Peirce, (Non-refereed)

Smith, D. (2001) ‘…So you would like me to design your house?’, presentation at the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2001.

Smith, D. (2000/01) Architecture: A composition of viewpoints, PhD thesis, QUT.

Smith, D. (2001) ‘Interior architecture as a storied life: Narrative research and the built environment’, IDEA, 1(2): 24–35. 

Smith, D. & Taylor, R. (2001) Designing Futures, QUT, Brisbane, Qld. (video recording)

Smith, D. & Lilly, L. (2014) Transitioning into Practice. Curtin University and OLT (video suite)

Blakely, A. & Smith, D. (1997) Interior Design: In or Out? National Interior Design Forum, (3 × video recordings):

  • keynote addresses

  • public presentations

  • discussion and debate



AL-Ayash, A., Kane, R.T., Smith, D. & Green-Armytage, P. (2015) The influence of color on student emotion, heart rate, and performance in learning environments. Color Research & Application. (Article first published online : 26 FEB 2015, DOI: 10.1002/col.21949)

Verghese, G., & Smith, D. (2013)  The poetic language of interior materials and colour. In G. Booker, & L. Weinthal (Eds.), Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design Part 3: Representation and fabrication. Part 3.2: Atmospheric Conditions of the Interior. Chapter 35. (pp. 514-527). Colour + Materiality. Oxford: Berg Publishers.

Aseel Al‐Ayash, Dianne Smith, Robert Kane and Paul Green‐Armytage (2013) ‘The influence of colour on learning in university libraries’. AIC2013: Bringing Colour to Life. 12th International Colour Congress. July 8-12th, 2013 . Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Smith, D. & Demirbilek, Nur (2010) Shifting interpretations of interiors and buildings: the impact of colour. Colour: Design & Creativity, 5(13), pp. 1-12.

Smith, D., Demirbilek, N. (2009) What is that place? The impact of environment colour, AIC2009, Sydney, Sep-Oct 2009 (refereed). CD

Demirbilek, N., Smith, D., (2009) A reflective model for colour studies learning, AIC2009 (Sydney, Sep-Oct 2009 (refereed). CD

Smith, D. (2008) ‘Colour–person–environment relationships (COL–PE)’, Colour Research and Application, Vol 33, No 4, pp. 312–319.

Smith, D. (2005) ‘Colour interactions: Colour and the built environment’, Through the Looking Glass, Colour Society of Australia National Conference, Perth, WA, 2005.

Smith, D. (2005) ‘The interior world of colour’, AIC Color 2005, 10th International congress of AIC, Granada, 8–13 May 2005. (Refereed abstract)

Smith, D. (2004) ‘Colour and three dimensionality’, IDEA Journal 2004, pp. 103–116.

Smith, D. (2003) ‘Environmental colouration and/or the design process’, Color Research and Application, 28(5): 360–365.

Smith, D. (2003) ‘Artist, colour and design: Colour and spatial composition’, Colour Communication, National Conference of the Colour Society of Australia, Melbourne, Vic, 2003. (Un-refereed and published abstract)

Smith, D. (2002) ‘White form; yellow space: Colour and architecture’, Imaging the Future, American Society of Architectural Illustrators’ Conference, Brisbane, Qld, Oct. 2002.

Smith, D. (2000) ‘Red or read: The built environment is coloured’, AIC Color 2001, 9th International Congress of AIC, Rochester, NY, 23–29 June  2000. (Refereed abstract; published paper)

Smith, D. (2000) ‘The colour studio in crisis? Embracing change’, AIC Color 2001, 9th International Congress of AIC, Rochester, NY, 23–29 June 2000. (Refereed abstract; published paper)

Smith, D. (1999) ‘Colour, environmental interpretation and the construction of environmental meaning’, Colour Interaction, Colour Society of Australia, Sydney, NSW, 1999. (Abstract published)

Smith, D. (1993) ‘Teaching interior designers colour: Action research into the teaching strategies for light and colour in the undergraduate course for interior designers’, Proceedings from Colour in Flux, Colour Society of Aust., Adelaide, SA, 1993.



Forlano, P. and Smith, D. (2017) Resurfacing Memories: Mnemonic and tactile representations of family history in the making of new heirlooms. Interstices. Journal of Architecture and Related Arts.  Issue 17.

Forlano, P. & Smith, D. (2012) Becoming Object, Other, or Self through Designing and Making.  Interior: a State of Becoming. IDEA Symposium 2012. Perth, September 7-9th


Smith, D. (2011) ‘The Grove Library. Review.’ The Architect. The Australian Institute of Architects: WA Chapter. Issue 02, July 2011, pp17-20.Smith, D. (2008) ‘Echoes or whispers: Interior voices in the subtropical debate’, Subtropical Cities 2008, 3-6 September 2008, Brisbane, Australia. (Refereed; Published on line)



Smith D. & Zlobicki, M. (1996) ‘Environmental assistance for people with dementia’, Alzheimer’s Association Australia Conference, Hobart, TAS, June 1996. (Proceedings distributed as audiocassette)

Smith, D. & Zlobicki, M. (1996) ‘The role of the built environment in successful ageing’, Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Hobart, TAS, June 1996. (Refereed abstract)



Smith, D. and Adkins, B. (2006) Post Occupancy Report: Alford Street Residences, for Brisbane Housing Company.

Smith, D. (1998) Post Occupancy Evaluation: Department of Family Services, Commissioned by TVS Partnership, Spring Hill, Qld.  (This report summarized the process findings and recommendations of evaluations from facilities in Brisbane and Caboolture.)



Smith, D. (2011). Creating Education without Boundaries. In Conversations from the Edge. Book 4 Fremantle on The Edge.  Spanbroek, N. & Farren, A. (2011). 61-70. Perth: Paper & Pencil Press. ISBN 9780987100931

Smith, D., Hedley, P. & Molloy, M. (2008) Design learning: A reflective model, Design Studies.

Demirbilek, N., Smith, D., Scott, A., Dawes, L. & Sanders, P. (2007) ‘The learning context and designer characteristics challenge and reveal the design process’, Dancing with Disaster, Turkey, June 2007 (Fully refereed; published proceedings 2008)

Hedley, P., Smith, D. & Fermer, D. (2007) ‘Designing for and by risk taking’, Inhabiting Risk, IDEA 2007, New Zealand, June 2007, pp. 61–70. (Fully refereed; published proceedings)

Smith, D., Sanders, P., Demirbilek, N. & Scott, A. (2005) ‘Designing together: a collaborative experiment in design methodology within a multi-disciplinary environment’, AASA 2005 Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education, Proceedings of 3rd Conference of AASA, Brisbane, Qld.  (Refereed paper; on-line proceedings)

Franz, J. et al. (1999) ‘Interior design programs at QUT: A higher educational response to interior design professional development’, IDEA, 1(1): 62–66.

Parnell, R. & Smith D. (2012) ‘Navigating the Unexpected: Regional Community Engagement with Authentic Learning Outcomes’, Learning and Teaching Conference, Murdoch University, Perth. February 2-3rd 2012. (Refereed Abstract)

Martin, F., Crawford, J. & Smith, D. (1997) ‘Integrated problem-based learning through the use of computer-based education’, Integrity, Innovation and Integration, PBL Conference, Brisbane, Qld, 3–6 Dec 1997. (Refereed abstract; published article in proceedings)

Martin, F. & Smith, D. (1995) ‘Problem-based learning and computer-based education’, Queensland Institute for Educational Research Forum, Brisbane, Qld, 7 Sep 1995. (Video/poster display)

Smith, D., Crawford, J., Martin F. & Collins, D. (1995) ‘The introduction of problem-based learning to students through a computer-based education module’, The Inaugural Pacific-Rim First Year Experience Conference, July 1995, Brisbane, Qld. (Fully refereed; proceedings published on a disc)

Martin, F., Crawford, J., Smith, D. & Collins, D. (1995) ‘The integration of a problem-based learning approach with the technology of computer-based education’, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Annual Conference, Rockhampton, Qld, July 1995. (Refereed abstract; published proceedings)

Smith, D., Crawford, J., Martin, F. et al. (1995) ‘Evaluating the introduction of computer-based modules to PBL courses’, Australian Problem-Based Learning Network Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, 3–6 Dec 1995: workshop. (Refereed abstract; published article in proceedings)

Smith, D. (1995) ‘A comparison of teaching strategies: Students’ perceptions of PBL lecture/studio sessions’, Australian Problem-Based Learning Network Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, 3–6 Dec 1995. (Refereed abstract. Published article in proceedings)

Martin, F., Smith, D. & Crawford, J. (1995) Workshop: ‘Evaluating a computer-based education module introducing problem-based learning’, Australian Problem -Based Learning Network Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, 3–6 Dec 1995. (Published)

Crawford, J., Martin, F., Smith, D. & Collins, D. (1995) ‘Using a computer-based education module as a way into problem-based learning’, Australian Association of the Heads of Colleges and Halls, Inc Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT, 26–30 Oct 1995. (Refereed abstract; published article in proceedings)

Smith, D. & Bucolo, S. (1995) ‘Problem-based learning and the novice’, Probe, Apr 1995, pp. 11–12.


OTHER Miscellaneous

Smith, D. (2011) Looking At, Into or Through Perth. In Boomtown, Churchill, L. 2011. Exhibition Catalogue.   

Wynne, J.M., Mack, S., McRae, D. (née Smith) et al. (1984) ‘Portal vein perfusion of the isolated rat liver: Some markers of hyperthermic liver damage’, Australian Journal of Experimental Biological & Medical Science, 62(1): 73–80.

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