Helen Norrie TAS

Dr Helen Norrie is a design academic working across scales from the curation of ideas through text and exhibitions, to the design of buildings and urban environments. Helen teaches in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is the theme leader of the UTAS Creative Exchange Institute (CxI) Regional Urban Studies Laboratory (RUSL – pronounced Russell), a collaborative urban design research project that engages directly with local councils and communities to examine urban spatial, temporal and social issues in small towns and cities. RUSL develops practice-led research through the medium of design, that examines urban issues in new ways, utilizing processes of mapping, auditing, research and speculation to reveal productive relationships and opportunities. Projects engage productively in the teaching/research nexus, working collaboratively with local councils to examine issues that are at the periphery of day-to-day practice.