THE TEAM

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MICHELE WAKE

Michele Wake is an interior designer, originally from the UK and studied architecture in London, during the mid ’90s. With over 25 years of experience in architecture and interior design, Michele has worked all over the world in interior and architectural teams for well-know design companies, including Colefax and Fowler, based in London, to designing and decorating houses in New York, USA. Michele was one of the main designers for the interior design team at Spicers Hotel Group in Brisbane, helping with building their brand for the highest hotel accommodation on the Scenic Rim and hotels and luxury retreats around Australia. 

For the past 13 years she has lived in Brisbane, with her husband and two children in a 1970’s suburbia house, (mid-century is something she is passionate about). More recently Michele has worked for architectural practises, and running her own interior design practice Campbell Wake Interiors. Now a full time lecturer, she is passionate about teaching, travelling and showing students and alumni the possibilities of what interior design and architecture have to offer them from around the world. Michele believes that design is about knowledge, understanding and storytelling. She is also a keen photographer and you can often find her pointing a camera at landscapes and finer details. 

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SUE CHEN

Our curator and contributor to materials

Sue has had over six years experience in corporate tax advisory, before following her passions to Interior Design.  She is professional, organised, creative and intuitive.  She loves to creating spaces that are inspiring, moving, and transcends cultural boundaries.  She has a passion for creating custom furniture, classic designs, hand sketching, and that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’.  She also loves sharing her knowledge and experience with students in both accounting and tax, as well as interior design, through her work in the University of Queensland and Torrens University.

She loves to travel and experience new cultures and new cuisines as a source of inspiration for her designs, and speaks three languages with varying degrees of fluency.  She was first moved to study interior design after a trip to France in 2010. Seeing Monet’s waterlilies in the l’Orangerie was a turning point in her life, and she hopes to create designs that strikes an impact into people’s hearts.