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The Australian National University

Niklavs Rubenis

Position: Lecturer


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PhD (ANU), BVA (Hons) (ANU)


Niklavs Rubenis has been professionally employed across many aspects of the furniture and design sectors, including 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.

Rubenis' practice-led research revolves around the wicked action of design and how the act of design is both part problem and part solution. He is interested in consumption and production, reuse, repair, material culture, waste, technology and craft skills. His research has been presented at national and international conferences and symposiums, and he has co-authored several papers focused on pedagogical innovation. He is currently collaborating on a range of projects with government and commercial stakeholders, and with experimental designer Guy Keulemans and social entrepreneur Andy Marks, on a 'transformative' repair research project titled Object Therapy.

Rubenis also maintains an active and varied studio practice comprising of national and international exhibitions, and private and commercial commissions. This has included furniture & objects, lighting installations, window displays, design-construct shop fit-outs, signage and interpretive design. He has worked with a range of commercial, government and non-profit enterprises and in collaboration with Halie Rubenis, is currently completing design projects for several cultural organisations including the Museum of Australian Democracy.


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