Lives with purpose

Discover some of our Arts, Design & Architecture alumni who are pushing boundaries, tackling problems and creating lives with purpose.

Founder of Kelpist, Object Designer and Casual Academic, Rachel Vosila

A selection of profiles featuring alumni who embody the ADA vision: Through creativity, collaboration and inclusion we seek and solve problems to improve life on earth.

Tom Dawkins | Living With Purpose and Starting Some Good

ADA alum Tom Dawkins is a natural connector of people and ideas, and a highly regarded champion of those working in social impact.

Rachel Vosila | Living With Purpose and Designing for our Future

Object designer Rachel Vosila combines creativity with a problem-solving mentality and tangential thinking when designing for a more sustainable future.

Kaylie Salvatori | Living With Purpose and Holding Space

Saltwater Budawang (Yuin) Woman Kaylie Salvatori is a landscape architect, Indigenous design strategist, educator, researcher and artist. By skilfully nurturing relationships between communities and Country during the design process, Kaylie asserts the right and need for Traditional Custodians and Indigenous knowledge holders to hold power.

Ané Coetzee | Living With Purpose and Empowering Voices

With a wealth of international experience, and communications skills honed during her Bachelor of Media studies at , Ané Coetzee brings her entrepreneurial spirit and strategic approach to tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Weh Yeoh | Living With Purpose and Challenging the Status Quo

With an entrepreneurial, problem-solving mindset and a strong social conscience, Weh Yeoh’s work has taken him from Australia to China and Cambodia and back again.
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Kumar Raghav Jha | Living With Purpose and Cultivating Opportunities

Kumar Raghav Jha uses his marketing and communications experience to give under-represented and disadvantaged job seekers the boost they need to integrate into the Australian corporate world.
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Samuel Luke Beatty | Living With Purpose and Representing Positively

Artist and alum Samuel Luke Beatty’s work delves into the intimate, vulnerable realities of being transgender, exploring themes of transition, trans identity and sexuality, manhood, and his childhood memories.

Crelis Rammelt | Living With Purpose and Connecting Issues

Throughout his international teaching and research career, alum Crelis Rammelt has solved problems by drawing connections between issues in political ecology, inclusive development, degrowth and systems science.

Jennifer Westacott AO | Living With Purpose and Changing Lives

Alumna Jennifer Westacott AO has an unrivalled understanding of how the public and private sectors intersect. Bringing a wealth of senior leadership experience and a crystalline approach to solving problems, she makes the complex simple and changes lives for the better along the way.

Anne Bamford OBE | Living With Purpose and Instigating Change

Alumna Professor Anne Bamford OBE is a globally recognised thought-leader and researcher in the field of education, passionately advocating for inclusion, innovation, and creativity.

Georgie Smith | Living With Purpose and Pursuing the Common Good

Alumna Georgie Smith is a social entrepreneur and thought leader working with the public service, smoothing the path for ambitious young people to become powerful forces for good.

Craig Kerslake | Living With Purpose and Designing From Country

Craig Kerslake, Wiradjuri man and Alum talks about his study and career journey and explains how his architectural design work is deeply anchored in First Australian cultural knowledge, a sense of humility and the desire to give back to Country.