Lisa Coulburn, mentee in the 2020-21 program in QLD (QUT).

Professional work experience:

I have been an Interior Designer for over 25 years working on both commercial and residential projects in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific region.

Over the last 13 years, I have been working with residential homeowners with a focus on creating healthier homes and consulting to tourism businesses and Architectural companies on commercial projects, hotel design and accommodation projects in remote or humid locations.

Educational experience:

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. I have completed the following subjects of Advanced Diploma of Building Biology at the Australian College of Environmental Studies (Mould Testing Technician, Children’s’ Environmental Health, Building Design, Building Materials and Finishes) and I am currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate at QUT.

Since starting my PhD, I have taught Interior Architecture at QUT.

My PhD:

Investigating exposure, risk and impact from dampness and mould in Australian housing:

My PhD is investigating the cause of exposure, risk and impact on health from dampness and mould in Australian housing. I have created a Housing Survey to capture the housing characteristics, types of water damage exposure and symptom profiles for a multi-system, multi-symptom illness that may occur following occupant exposure to mould growth.

This PhD came about from my own health journey following exposure to indoor dampness and mould growth and wishing to understand the complexities of contributing factors to help prevent occupant exposure within the built environment.

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