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Australian design and architecture

The Swayn Centre for Australian Design explores the identity and characteristics of contemporary Australian design through links with the design profession, peak bodies and the National Museum of Australia's vast collection.Logo block featuring the National Museum of Australia and the Alistair Swayn Foundation

Discover stories behind icons of Australian design and architecture and see the work of renowned world-class Australian designers. Learn about the place of design in our past, present and future and explore how design contributes to culture and informs our lives.

Lyndon Anderson
Lyndon Anderson

Swayn Fellow Lyndon Anderson

The Swayn Senior Fellow of Australian Design leads a program aimed at increasing public awareness and connection to design, through collections, collaborations with industry, exhibitions, events and research.

Lyndon Anderson is the 2022–25 Swayn Fellow. He hopes to showcase the work of important Australian designers of the past and the present and help the next generation of designers to find their voice.

Lyndon is keen to establish links to industry, government and Australia’s peak industry bodies for professional design, landscape architecture and architecture.

An expert in design education, research and advocacy, Lyndon has extensive experience and networks in design practice, with professional design industry peak bodies and the Australian university sector.

Lyndon was the Executive Dean of a large multidisciplinary Faculty of Arts and Design and Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching. He holds a PhD in Design and Fellowships with the Royal Society (NSW), the Design Institute of Australia and an Adjunct Professorship with the University of Canberra.

About Alastair Swayn and the Foundation

Australian architecture and design owe much to Alastair Swayn. He was a committed member of the Canberra design community for more than 40 years and was a founding partner of Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn. He was appointed the inaugural ACT Government Architect in 2010 and was a professorial fellow at the University of Canberra.

Professor Swayn made a significant contribution to the architectural profession through practice and education and to the design of the National Capital. He died in 2016.

The Alastair Swayn Foundation is his lasting legacy to advance Australian architecture, design and culture. The appointment of a Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design was the foundation's first major initiative.

Acknowledgements

The National Museum of Australia gratefully acknowledges the generous donation from the Alastair Swayn Foundation to make possible the Swayn Centre for Australian Design.

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