Professor Margaret Petty is Head of the School of Design at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Through her various work, endeavors, pursuits, and research, she strives to champion how important and valuable good design is in addressing the biggest challenges facing the world today.
Margaret’s research broadly investigates the discourse, production, and consumption practices of the modern built environment, with a particular focus on artificial lighting and interiors.
She has published broadly in academic journals such as the JSAH, Journal of Design History, Home Cultures, Interiors, and PLAT and is co-editor of Cities of Light: Two Hundred Years of Urban Illumination (Routledge, 2015) with Sandy Isenstadt and Dietrich Neumann, as well as Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail (Routledge, 2017) with Anca Lasc and Patricia Lara-Betancourt.
– Ph.D. in Architectural History, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
– Doctoral course work and qualifying exams & MA, Design History, The Bard Graduate Center, NYC
– BA, Art History, Summa cum Laude, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR