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The Australian National University

Niklavs Rubenis

Position: Lecturer


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BVA (Hons)


Niklavs Rubenis is a designer, maker and curator with a diverse research and studio practice. He has been involved with projects spanning community, non-profit, commercial and cultural institutions, and has had work exhibited and presented nationally and internationally.

Rubenis’ research revolves around consumption and production, material culture, technology and the importance of retaining, promoting and applying craft skills to the almost forgotten practice of re-use and repair as a tool for slowing down waste. 

Professionally, Rubenis has also been employed across many aspects of the furniture and design sectors. This includes high scale manufacture; computer aided design and computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM); computer numeric control and laser technology; commercial cabinetry; production and fine furniture making; shop and museum fit-out; exhibition design; project and design management; public art; urban design; musical instrument making and teaching at community, trade and university levels.

He is a member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), a DIA Councillor (ACT Branch) and an Accredited Professional Member of Craft ACT: Craft & Design Centre. 


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