Kerstin Thompson is Principal of KTA, which she founded in 1994. Located in Melbourne, KTA focuses on architecture as a civic endeavour with an emphasis on user experience and enjoyment of place. The practice has established itself as an important reference point in Australian architecture and urban design, and has been widely awarded, published and exhibited. Significant projects include the VCA School of Art for University of Melbourne (2018), the Arthur Boyd Gallery and Creative Learning Centre for Bundanon Trust (current), the Jewish Holocaust Centre (current) and House at Hanging Rock (2014).
A committed design educator, Kerstin is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT and Monash Universities, and was Professor of Design in Architecture at VUW from 2011 to 2018. She regularly lectures and leads studios at various schools across Australia and New Zealand.
Kerstin actively promotes quality design within the profession, and the wider community, through her writings and public roles. She is member of the Office of the Victorian Government Architect’s Design Review Panel and Board member for the IBA Melbourne. She was Creative Director for Exchange, the Institute’s 2005 National Conference, and a co-creative director of Abundant, Australia’s exhibition for the 2008 Venice Biennale.
In recognition of the work of her practice, contribution to the profession and its education, Kerstin was elevated to Life Fellow by the Australian Institute of Architects in 2017.