Adding to a long list of professional accolades, Professor Joanne Cys LFDIA, Pro Vice Chancellor in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia, has been named the Australian Institute of Architects’ newest Honorary Fellow.
The award was made in recognition of her “significant and substantial contribution to architecture and interior design in an eminent career that includes being an influential advocate for the role of professional bodies in advancing the standards of architecture, design and design education through collaboration, committee work, speaking and publications.” The decision to award Professor Cys was made following an endorsement from the Institute's National Council at its last meeting in June.
Former Head of School of Art, Architecture and Design, Professor Cys’ contributions to the design profession have included global, national and local roles with the International Federation of Interior Architects/Interior Designers, the Global Interiors Education Open Forum, the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance and the Global Design Forum.
As National President of the Design Institute of Australia, Professor Cys contributed to the development of a continuing professional education policy for the organisation. In 2010, she was bestowed Life Fellowship of the Institute and in 2016 inducted into the Design Hall of Fame. In 2017 she was named a DIA Design Icon.
Professor Cys has authored and co-authored numerous publications on interior design and architecture and researched the disciplinary sociology and directions of interior design practice.