BTP (Hons1) UNSW; PhD QUT; MPIA CPP
Dr Kirralie Houghton is a research associate with the Urban Informatics Research Lab in the School of Design at QUT, Brisbane. Awarded an APA scholarship, Kirralie’s recently completed PhD research focused on understanding the implications of networked social interactions for the design of public urban spaces. She also holds an Honours degree in Town Planning from UNSW and has extensive experience as a planning consultant in Australia and Canada.
Kirralie is a certified practising planner, qualified through the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). Her planning experience includes detailed research and policy development on a range of topics including: the ageing population and its impacts on regional NSW demographics; land use impacts and implications of small acreage holdings; minimum rural holding size – best practice for NSW; retail hierarchies, thresholds, and trends; industrial land uses and trends in Australia; and best practice for neighbourhood planning. Kirralie has also worked as a research assistant in the QUT Creative Industries Faculty, investigating innovative public space, governance of public places and community engagement.
Kirralie has presented at the Planning Institute of Australia’s state and national conferences, World Town Planning day international online conference, guest lectured for the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and at the Australian Library Institute’s online conference in 2013: “Extra dimensions: augmented library spaces.” In 2012, she jointly ran an IEEE workshop on “Recreating lively cities through ambient technologies.” Kirralie has also tutored at QUT in research methods in 2011 and 2012.