The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has appointed Woods Bagot interior designer Olivia Mathisen as Co-President of the DIA Queensland Branch.

In her new role, Olivia will be responsible for organising and running a range of activities of interest to all design disciplines. Representing the professional design community in Queensland, DIAQ champions the importance of design in building the commercial and cultural wealth of Australia.

Having worked at the global architectural firm for the last five years, Olivia is an integral part of the Brisbane studio. She is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity in the field of interior design by facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

As an accredited designer, Olivia believes her work at Woods Bagot has helped her realise the need to give back to the industry. She now looks forward to supporting the mission, policies and programs of the DIA Queensland branch with a shared vision to raise awareness and increase the profile of the design profession within the community.

This year, Olivia ran Bubble and Speak for DIA Queensland Branch, an inspirational speaker series initiated in 1991. Under Olivia’s curatorship, the series hosted Russel Koskela (Designer), Megan Morton (Stylist), Brian Ritchie (Artistic Director, MONA FOMA) and Li Cunxin (Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet).

The Design Institute of Australia is a member-based volunteer organisation, run by designers, for designers, and has been actively improving the community recognition and status of designers for over 50 years.