National Design Technology Lead: Innovation
Tristan is the Innovation Lead of the COX National Design Technology Group, an active member of the COX Futures Committee, and coordinates COX’s National Computational Design Working Group. With a background in practice, teaching, and research, he is a passionate advocate for technological innovation in design and the built environment. The integration of emerging and innovative technology within practice is a key focus of his work, which is balanced against providing crucial digital technology and computational support and advice to project teams.
He has project experience across a range of scales, with a focus on regional projects and the combination of natural materials and advanced computation, manufacturing and assembly. His PhD research is concerned with the computational design of nonstandard architectural structures using Australian timber resources, enabling him to engage in transdisciplinary practice that transcends architecture, engineering, materials science, and related design and research fields.
Tristan continues to teach and research. He is currently a Teaching Associate at the University of Western Australia, a sessional staff member as Curtin University, an AIA WA Digital Technology committee member, as well as an active contributor to local and internal conferences on Computational and Computer-Aided Design Modelling. He regularly speaks at architecture and design technology events on the future of design and the importance of research, innovation, and foresight in practice.
In 2019, Tristan was recognized as Future Leader of the Year in the Design category by the Property Institute of Australia, WA chapter.