Design Scientist and Systems Theorist
Design scientist, systems theorist and futurist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world-leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help humanity to build a brighter future. Her career spent working with leading-edge ideas, individuals, and institutions worldwide, she is a recipient of several national and international innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society.
Consulting to both private and public sector clients globally, specialising in futures in the built environment, utilities, manufacturing, engineering, design, publishing, media and communications, she is known for delivering robust evaluations of the commercial, environmental, and social risks and opportunities for emerging fields, concepts, and their respective markets. Published in over sixty international scientific, industry and consumer journals, magazines, and books, Melissa has contributed as a scientific committee member, peer-reviewer, editorial board member, and juror to several leading scientific, sustainability, and built environment journals, conferences, societies, and awards worldwide.
Her past and present academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow and research associate, workshop host, Masters thesis supervisor, assembly member, and guest critic at several leading European architecture and design research institutes. The culmination of a several-year-long transdisciplinary study at the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research group, her PhD posits the potential for developing urban resilience to wildfires through the creation of complex adaptive architectural and urban systems that mimic the biochemistries, behaviours, and relationships of fire-adapted flora and fauna species.
The founder and director of award-winning Bionic City® [Est. 2010], which a co-creation platform, explores the potential for biomimetics, biotechnology, and biodesign, her previous works include founding the award-winning sustainability think tank and collaborative laboratory Societás [2004 - 2010]; co-creating award-winning catalyst for rapid innovation in sustainable design for the built environment, New Frontiers [2009 - 2010]; and co-founding internationally renowned visual arts awards, the Creative Graduate Prize [2004-2010] and the Iconique Societás Awards [2007-2010].