Julia Gatley in Conversation with Dr Alexandra Jayeun Lee and Rowan Fraser

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Fast Forward Lecture Series Spring 2021: Alumni Abroad

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Talk 5: Julia Gatley in Conversation with Dr Alexandra Jayeun Lee and Rowan Fraser, architectural graduates making careers outside of architecture

Many architecture students make careers in disciplines other than architecture, including the full range of design disciplines as well digital platforms and the film industry. In this session, Associate Professor Julia Gatley talks to two such graduates, who share interests in sustainability and humanity, but are working in very different environments.

Dr Alexandra Jayeun Lee (UoA BArch, 2007, and PhD, 2014) is a Principal UX Research Manager and serial changemaker currently working on democratising design insights at Microsoft’s Digital Transformation Platform group. Based out of Seattle, WA, Alex works with clients worldwide to innovate, design, research and launch services and products across multiple channels and platforms. Previously, she co-founded the Civic Design Lab, a California-based civic policy incubator, as well as establishing local chapters for Architecture for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity. Alex is passionate about human-centred design, data-driven solutions and Design Thinking.

Rowan Fraser (UoA MArch(Prof), 2010) helps clients reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve sustainability targets. He currently leads the Laos Country Office of GGGI, a global non-profit climate organisation, implementing a portfolio of low-carbon investment projects and public policy initiatives in the energy, waste, transport sectors. Prior to this, Rowan led the Nepal Country Office of GGGI, and, earlier, worked with the United Nations across Asia on sustainable urban development. He followed his University of Auckland architecture degree with a Master of Urban Policy at Sciences Po Urban School in Paris (2012). He’s excited about a net-zero future.

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Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Date: Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Location: Online


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