ST JAMES WHITTING – ABOUT US
Kate St James
Kate St. James, FDIA is an interior designer and the founding editor of Universal Magazines’ Home Design and Living Series of magazines including Grand Designs Australia and Home Design. Along with qualifications in interior design, Kate also studied journalism. Her specialty is environmentally sustainable architecture and design.
Kate’s early working life was as a journalist in London followed by a successful career in high end residential, commercial, hospitality, health and aged-care interior design in Australia with her own company, The Design Works. Clients included TriCare; Futurecare Pty Ltd, Glenvale Villas Pty Ltd, Retirement Plus Pty Ltd, TLF Developments, Devine Constructions, Endeavour Foundation and Country Comfort Hotels, along with residential clients in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Tasmania and London.
During her design career Kate also wrote for many design publications on topics such as interior design, environmentally-sustainable design, space planning and facility management as well as teaching at Queensland College of Art, and KVB College of Art and Design in Sydney. She has also held positions as Queensland Chapter Convenor and National Executive member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia. She is currently a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia in which role she actively supports and promotes the industry and encourages students and emerging designers. Kate’s background was instrumental in providing the necessary qualities for her role as Editor-in-Chief of one of Australia’s leading niche market publishers of home design magazines, a position she held for more than 16 years. Kate currently freelances to Universal Magazines across several design titles.
In 2007 Kate received a 20-year citation from the Design Institute of Australia for services to the design industry. In 2008 Kate was selected as part of the prestigious collation by Crown Content – Who’s Who of Australian Women “Leadership and Beyond”. This publication marks the lives of women who have made a significant contribution to Australian life, whether at a community, state, national or international level. In 2009, Kate’s biography was once again included in the publication Who’s Who of Australian Women “Lessons we Learn”. Her biography currently appears annually in this publication.
Kate is the immediate past President of the Australian Architecture Association, an organisation whose mission is to promote architecture to the wider community through its tours, talks, seminars and programs. Kate was a board member of the NSW Architects Registration Board; her role was to represent public interest and consumer views.
Kate St James currently consults to individuals and companies wishing to include eco-friendly, sustainable design practices and products into their projects. Kate is a regular guest on the Eussen Living segment of community radio 99.3FM and presents at seminars and exhibitions. Her topic? Sustainable design!
Kate has written three e-books on sustainable design and interiors – Greening Your Home and Your Life, Interior Focus and Future-Proofing Your Interiors – and contributed chapters on sustainable design in Create Your Dream Sanctuary by Victoria Millar-Wise and Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home by Helen Edwards.
Her vision has always been to promote an awareness of Australian and international architecture and design to demonstrate to the wider community the meaningful way it can impact on our lives.
“Everybody has the right to experience good design” – Kate St James, FDIA
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Catherine Whitting is an artist, interior designer, interior decorator, colour consultant and property stylist who has been consulting and transforming interiors for her clients since 1999. Catherine currently consults in residential and commercial interior design specialising in sustainable product specification, personalisation and business branding.
She has renovated and designed the interiors for houses, penthouses, apartments and duplexes across Sydney and surrounds, greater New South Wales, Queensland, The Northern Territory and Vietnam. Her previous commercial clients include Sanitarium Australia, Chome Hair Salons, Hillsborough Physiotherapy, PersonalEYES surgeries Australia, Century 21 Australia, Coca Cola Amatil and Dalton Packaging. Catherine is also the designer of “The Ashton Chaise Lounge“, an ergonomic and sustainable sofa bed that won the Furniture of the year award at Furnitex 2000 and has been featured in numerous design editorials and publications.
” Interior design for me is about change. We are change agents and designers create positive
and healthy changes in peoples lives. Physiological and environmental change is the most
important part of interior design whether it be in a residential, commercial on institutional interior, When a design provides an environmentally healthy and physiologically uplifting transformation on people and communities that is great design. “
Catherine is also a design educator in the University sector and at TAFENSW, Design Centre Enmore. Along with qualifications in Design and Visual Arts, Adult training and education and Sustainable Work practices, Catherine is also a qualified HSC and tertiary Visual Arts and Interior Design educator.
Catherine’s early working life was as a Visual Arts and Interior Design HSC Co-ordinator, followed by more than eighteen years in the industry working as an interior design consultant and tertiary design educator and writer for interior design, interior decoration, interior styling and design fundamentals, at TAFENSW Enmore Design Centre. Catherine was also the Coordinator for the Bachelor of Design Management at TAFENSW Lidcombe Campus for Federation University Australia.
Catherine has written interior design articles and editorials for Universal Magazines and more than 20 national and international Interior Design Curriculum Programs for TAFE colleges and Universities throughout Australia and the United Arab Emirates. These design units were written by Catherine to allow for different work environments and situations that may affect interior designers’ performance in a national and international setting.
As a practicing interior designer and company director, Catherine is an Industry Specialist for the Department of Education and Training’s, Quality and Regulation Directorate for the Bachelor of Applied Design (Commercial Interior) course, the Diploma of Fabric Design and Printing, Commercial courses in Residential Styling and the Advanced and Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration.
Catherine has a passion for art, colour, interior design and design education; creating design solutions that improve our personal interactions and operations within a space, be that a home, business or educational sector. Her vision has always been to share the inherent value of interior design and interior decoration as an essential component of every building, business and home, that improves the way we live, our health and our relationships with our world and each other.
“Good design is finding a solution to a problem. Great design changes the way you feel.”
— Catherine Whitting, BVA, Dip ed, Dip IDD
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