RESEARCH + PRACTICE
Raphael has taught into the Interior Design department at RMIT for many years with a focus on community engagement with a human centred design approach. His previous classes have looked at better supporting emerging artists, improving primary school experiences in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, improving a not-for-profit café at a school for disabled children in Hanoi and understanding homeliness through community engagement in social housing in Melbourne.
Raphael’s professional experience includes setting up a successful not-for-profit enterprise The Social Studio which includes a fashion label, clothing manufacture workshop, retail store and café all established as a certified training school for those who have experienced being a refugee. Other relevant design projects include a community space for emerging artists at Schoolhouse Studios, a pirate radio tower in collaboration with architect Adam Kalkin, as an advisor for residential care homes for children in state care as well as the design and build of several small structures and residential renovations.
Raphael takes a hands on approach to his practice working across disciplines to accomplish often unknown outcomes.