Dr Warren Reilly

Dr Warren Reilly

Senior Practitioner Fellow

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Ethics and the architecture of objects

Dr Warren A. Reilly, Senior Practitioner Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, is a fearless innovator, and an unexpected beacon illuminating the intersection of equity, sustainability, creativity and form.

Before he began teaching at UON in 2010, Warren was involved in the private product design sector for more than twenty years.

He brings to his teaching role technical skill honed by designing and project managing the construction of everything from naval vessels, to medical implants, trains, and primate enclosures.

Through the synthesis of his extensive industry experience in managing people, projects and technology to the tune of more than two billion dollars, Warren has developed firm opinions about the ethics and future of design, and the skills necessary for the new generation of designers.

And he doesn’t pull any punches.

“Product design worldwide is no longer about pumping out plastic products that endanger sea turtles, increasingly it’s more about what should we make as opposed to what can we make.”

Building skills

As the program convener for Industrial Design, inside the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Warren is in just the right place to be influencing the future of the design sector.

A deep practice background and late entry to academia have lead Warren to focus his efforts at UON on preparing its design graduates for life beyond academia.

But despite the course name, Warren isn’t making industrial designers so much as problem solvers, collaborators, translators, negotiators, innovators, and agents of social change.

And his innovative approach to education has been recognised by his students, colleagues and the University.

In 2015, Warren was awarded the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning.

These awards were followed the next year, 2016, by the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Award for Collaboration and Innovation.

Translators

From conceptual rendering to internal form studies, reverse engineering to rapid prototyping, Warren has a massive bank of practical skills to impart.

But he believes that the success of any collaborative project is also dependent on the designer’s ability to absorb, validate and synthesize sometimes wildly disparate needs.

An example would be his role with the recent Taronga Zoo Chimpanzee enclosure upgrades. “The engineer and the primate handler would have a very different idea of how a chimp enclosure should look and function, and probably use very different language to communicate that,” Warren says.

It is here the designer takes the role of translator and negotiator to ensure aesthetics, safety, reliability, functionality and affordability are all communicated and addressed.

Technical skill informs another form of translation as the designer utilizes traditional and digital means to translate ideation to prototype through the creation of an unambiguous, tangible object reflecting the needs of the team.

Students are taught skills all the way through to manufacturing and commercialisation, to increase their effectiveness within project teams or as solo operators.

Innovation

Innovation is an integral part of his practice, inspiring Warren to multidisciplinary collaboration. “Innovation is what happens when very different skill sets bump into each other and new eyes notice possibilities that have been undiscovered or discounted,” Warren says.

His talent at adapting Design Thinking methodologies to redress challenges has seen Warren become sought after at the University of Newcastle as a problem solver and content leader, developing new programs within his school and in partnership with others.

He was directly involved in the development of UON’s new Master of BioInnovation and Design, and is looking forward to evolving the relationship between his area and the revamped Creative Industries at UON.

Warren stresses that technical skill and Design Thinking is something you can learn regardless of your academic leanings and aims to make his courses available to everyone on campus.

“So, if you are in Business and Law or in nursing and you want to find out how designers think and what designers do, come over and have a design experience,” he says.

Designing for health

Health professionals are one group that Warren actively seeks out to work with his students.

Stroke recovery, architectural concessions for users with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and improving access for the vision impaired are topics Warren encourages his students to problem solve.

Teaching subjects such as Design for Innovation, and leading students through their Industrial Design Professional Projects, Warren isn’t interested in the constant reinvention of the wheel.

Not when there are real issues that need solutions.

Warren also teaches Sustainability in Design, advocates for the local economy and preferencing products that facilitate the replacement of separate components as opposed to those that wear makes prematurely redundant.

“Industrial design has been criticised for focusing on making executive bespoke toys for the richest 5% of the world’s population.”

“Globally, the discipline has ethically evolved. We hear from our students it is more important for them to focus on improving toilets for people in Nepal, than it is about making a more expensive watch,” Warren says.

“Fortunately, the students coming through, the 16 to 25 year olds, they are more interested in making a social change than just filling up a bank account somewhere,” Warren explains.

“So, what happens when you take this horsepower and apply it to the 90% of people on the planet who desperately need it? That's when awesome things happen”

Ethics and the architecture of objects

Dr Warren A. Reilly Senior Practitioner Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment,

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Career Summary

Biography

Synthesising the influences of sustainability, creativity and technology, Dr Warren A. Reilly's research and practice has focused on the theory and practicalities of genuine design innovation.

Dr Warren A. Reilly is Program Convenor (Industrial Design) and Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His research interests include; design theory, conceptual and ideation practices, dimensionless CAD and data management practices.

Since undertaking his PhD in 2005, he has specialised in digital design and innovation oriented towards those early stages of the design process -the conceptual and ideation phases.

Design Expertise:

Warren has extensive design practice experience in a range of disciplines including; Rail Vehicle and Rail experience design, marine vessels for commercial and defence force projects, architectural design and fabrication, medical prosthesis and consumer products. He has provided industry specialist services for projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region in design development and configuration management.

He has held Leading Design or CAD system management roles for national and international projects with combined project values in excess of $2B AUD. It is this expertise and knowledge of the design community, synthesised over more than 20 years, that has lead Warren to focus his efforts at the UON on preparing its design graduates for life beyond academia.

Teaching Expertise:

Warren has been lecturing and tutoring at UON since 2010. Before joining the UON, he was a professional trainer/educator for a variety of high-end CAD software providers in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. He has experience in the delivery of content including; research methods, ideation / conceptualising, design development and tracking, preparation for manufacture and product branding and promotion.

His innovative delivery methods and positive student engagement with single and multi-cohort programs was recognised by the UON in 2015, by awarding him with both the 2015 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment) and the 2015 Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning.

Administrative Expertise:

Warren has demonstrated leadership capabilities in both program administration and individual course coordination. He has been Course Coordinator for a variety of design-based courses within the School of Architecture and Built Environment including; ARBE3521 Design for Innovation, ARBE3520 Industrial Design Professional Projects, ARBE3501 Computational Design and Modelling and ARBE2505 Sustainable Design.  

He has previously lead the management and administrative teams in commercial practices ranging from boutique design houses to SME engineering companies with more than 80 employees.

Beyond Design;

Warren's broader interest in creative works beyond those destined for mass-production, has lead him to have exhibitions of his art/design works in commercial and public gallery spaces.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Design), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Additive Fabrication / 3D Printing
  • CAD Simulation
  • Design Philosophy
  • Design Thinking
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Industrial / Product Design
  • Public Transport Design
  • Reverse Engineering / Scanning

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120302 Design Innovation 50
120305 Industrial Design 30
120303 Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice 20

Professional Experience

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/01/2006 - 8/01/2013 Design Manager

Leading Designer for Architectural, Public Transport, Marine vessels and consumer products.

Configuration Management, Company technology management conventions, company pre-sales and branding, customer liaison and administration resource management.

Chilli Engineering and Design Pty Ltd
Australia
10/01/1995 - 30/06/2015 Director

Design Consultancy services including; develop and implement design software into existing companies, procedural and practise-based auditing, design dataset repair and CAD implementation strategies

Cadalyst Consulting Pty Ltd
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Award for Collaboration and Innovation
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
2015 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Award for Teaching Excellence
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
2015 Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning
The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ARBE3520 Industrial Design Professional Project
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Lecturer / Tutor 19/07/2010 - 30/12/2016
ARBE3501 Computational Design and Modelling
The University of Newcastle - School of Architecture and Built Environment
Lecturer / Tutor 23/06/2014 - 30/12/2016
ARBE3521 Design for Innovation
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Lecturer / Tutor 11/01/2010 - 30/12/2016
ARBE2505 Sustainable Design
University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Lecturer / Tutor 7/01/2013 - 30/12/2016
ARBE3506 Design Development and Management
The University of Newcastle - School of Architecture and Built Environment
Lecturer / Tutor 12/01/2015 - 30/12/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Chapman MJ, Walker, Nilsson M, Ware S, Reilly, Tucker C, 'Architecture and Recovery', Salk Institute, San Diego (2016)
Co-authors Michael Chapman, Rohan Walker, Michael Nilsson
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $146,292

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20171 grants / $146,292

Developing a theoretical model for improving Waste Management$146,292

Funding body: NSW Environmental Trust

Funding body NSW Environmental Trust
Project Team Professor Peter Davis, Associate Professor Willy Sher, Doctor Warren Reilly
Scheme Environmental Research Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1600460
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Non Commonwealth
Category 1NS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.8
PhD0.2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Architecture for Autism: Establishing Sustainable Integration Methods Through the Use of the Built Environment PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Masters An Examination of Open Source Software Application in the Design and Creation of Artefacts, Within the Context of DIY Urbanism M Philosophy (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Adelaide Class FFG Upgrade / Huon Class Minehunters, ADI, Lead Modeller / CAD system administrator 1994 - 1998


Newlands & Millenium Coal Handling Plants - Engineering Manager 2004 - 2006


Hunter Rail Cars, Transport NSW - Complete Interior Design - Leading Designer 2001 - 2003


Platinum Class Fleet Expansion, Great Southern Rail - The Ghan Rail Vehicles 2006 - 2007

Exterior and complete Interior design and installation for Australia's Premier Rail Vehicle Experience.

Design conceptualising, management and implementation.


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News

Project grant to investigate challenges for managing waste in construction

November 15, 2016

Professor Peter Davis, Chair, Construction Management at UON will lead a team who aim to challenge existing waste management strategies in construction.

Dr Warren Reilly

Position

Senior Practitioner Fellow
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Contact Details

Email warren.reilly@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40 339140
Mobile Not Applicable
Fax (02) 4921 6913

Office

Room BSC125
Building Architecture Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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