Laetitia Shand has coordinated the Geoplaced Knowledge program at the RMIT Design Research Institute since 2008. She brings to the position a background in marketing, arts coordination and experience as a practicing visual artist.
Extensive experience as ‘Product Manager – Licensed Brands’ in the consumer durables sector in Sydney included responsibility for well-known consumer brands such as Black and Decker and Mistral. Diverging from her background and Bachelor of Business qualifications, Shand changed course in 2002, completing a Visual Arts course at RMIT. Inclusion in group exhibitions followed and a solo exhibition Home Brand at Red Gallery in 2004. As ‘Arts Development Coordinator’ for RMIT Union Arts, Shand ran an annual program which included large scale multidisciplinary art/fashion/textiles events including Plastic Intelligence (2005) and Light Fantastic (2006). Since joining the Design Research Institute, coordination of projects has been wide ranging including: Digital Archives Workshop (2010), Alternative Practices in Design Symposium (2010), The Stony Rises Project (RMIT Gallery, 2010), Designing Place: An Archaeology of the Western District (2010).