Michaela Sheahan

Senior Associate
Campus Intuition

I’ve always been a design researcher at heart. When I was a kid I'd flick through my dad’s Belle magazines, compiling ideas for the perfect bathroom I might have one day. In my university days it was architectural history, and then as an interior designer I delved into which products are best – and why. At Hassell I researched health, education, rail and urban design issues, and now in my current role as Senior Associate at Campus Intuition, I am helping universities to uncover what it is about their campus that works well, and what needs a little love.

I like to think of design as both an art and a science, but my remit falls squarely in the (social) science realm. My job takes me all over the world to explore the experiences of those that commission and occupy buildings, talking to them, watching how they use space and understanding how it affects their behaviour. What do we really know about a building once it’s finished? Are the patients in the hospital getting better? Are the answers come from people and their stories. I want to find out what works for them, and then apply it for the benefit of all our clients and communities.

o Winner 2017 Design Research Award, European Healthcare Design Conference Awards: Emergency Talks – Designing for Staff Communication in Emergency Departments
o Winner 2014 International Women’s Day Scholarship – Work Talk Work: the Importance of Pedestrians in Hospital Knowledge Precincts
o Winner 2009 Women in Science, Engineering, Technology and Construction Scholarship, Victorian Department of Transport
Does this go under publications below?
o Runner Up, RIBA – President's Medal for Research, 2017: Emergency Talks – Designing for Staff Communication in Emergency Departments
o What if academics interacted as much as students?
o Not Lazing, Learning: How informal spaces are powering student learning on campus
o Design Matters for Nurses: The role of hospital design in staff attraction and retention
o The Sweet Spot: When Co-location is not enough. Architecture Australia Health Dossier, May 2015

Interested in
Public speaking, Sessional teaching or crits