Michaela Sheahan

How do we bring a design to life? 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.”

Michaela is an experienced researcher who knows how to sift through mountains of data, observations and publications to find those bits of gold that can make a difference to our designers, our projects and our clients, particularly in health and education.

An interior designer by trade, she sees design as both an art and a science, but her remit falls squarely in the (social) science realm. 

Her work has earned her industry recognition and taken her all over the globe to explore the experiences of people who commission and use buildings or spaces. Observing their movements and interactions, talking to them and understanding how places and spaces shape their behavior helps Michaela answer fundamental questions about what we can - and should - achieve through design. 


  • Winner 2017 Design Research Award, European Healthcare Design Conference – Emergency talks: Designing for staff communication in emergency departments
  • Winner 2014 International Women’s Day Scholarship – Work talk work: The importance of pedestrians in a hospital knowledge precinct
  • Winner 2009 Women in Science, Engineering, Technology and Construction Scholarship, Victorian Department of Transport


Senior Researcher




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