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CATC DESIGN SCHOOL COURSE GUIDE 2014-15 34 COURSE GUIDE 2014-15 35 CATC DESIGN SCHOOL Program Managers BERNIE THOMPSON ELAINE ROBERTS EMMA FENTON MELISSA O’BRIEN Brisbane Gold Coast Melbourne Sydney Bernie is fortunate to be able to merge his hobbies, work life and his chosen study into one field - Design Education. Bernie believes, spatial design has always been an integral part of him, since he was a 5 year old living in New Guinea, playing with cantilevered platforms as an expression of residential architecture to his current day role as Interior Design Program Manager in Brisbane. Elaine has qualifications in education, teaching, social sciences, librarianship, management, marketing & design. She had a successful career in education both in Australia & overseas locations. Deciding it was time for a change, Elaine trained in Interior Design and opened her own consultancy through which she undertook a range of commissions including commercial, residential, small business and many heritage projects. Emma studied Architecture at the University of Sydney, and has spent almost 10 years post-graduation in large, award winning architectural & design firms, on public, educational, interior and master planning projects. Most recently Emma lead the design team with FJMT in Sydney for a cultural and community centre upgrade, currently under construction in the Blue Mountains. After completing a BA in Interior Architecture, Melissa was involved in a wide variety of Interior and Architectural jobs, including commercial, heritage and residential projects. She has also created lighting installations for many projects, notably the Arnhem Performance Art Festival in the Netherlands and 100% Design in London. Bernie runs his own interior design business and has worked across the interior design industry in many roles: from working in a variety of architectural firms as a CAD technician to designing rugs for a small importing business, to working for internationally acclaimed interior designer Monica Blinco. Ber