Mr James Berry

Mr James Berry

Industrial Design


James has worked in Australia and Japan as a product designer, educator and producer of furniture. He is also an internationally awarded sculptor.  His work is held in permanent public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia and private collections such as Kazuhiro Tamura mountain sculpture garden in Japan. 

He joined Western Sydney University in 1999 as a lecturer in Industrial Design and was awarded a College of Health and Science Excellence in Teaching Citation in 2009 in the area of digital pedagogy. James has over 20 years of experience as an academic leader, most recent being the Director of Academic Programs for Industrial Design and Design & Technology in the School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics. James was also one of the founders of the product design course at KIDI Parsons, the Japanese affiliate of Parsons School of Design where he held the position of head of the product prototyping department.  

In Japan James studied stone sculpture at Kanazawa Bijutsu Kougei Daigaku, one of only four prestigious public art colleges in Japan with a full scholarship from the Yokoyama Scholarship Foundation. 

This information has been contributed by Mr Berry.


  • BIndDes University of Canberra

Professional Memberships

  • Design Institute of Australia (2016)
  • Design Institute of Australia National Education Committee (2021 - 2022)
  • Design Institute of Australia NSW Elected Councillor (2019 - 2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Industrial Design


Phone: (02) 9685 9745
Location: ED.G.92

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300773 Industrial Design Project (Commencement), 2019
  • 300774 Industrial Design Project (Completion), 2019
  • 301073 Design Studio 1: Patterns and Products, 2019
  • 301094 Design Management 4: Strategy and Lean Start-Up, 2019
  • 301095 Sustainable Design 1: Materials and Technology, 2019


Conference Papers

  • Jones, C., Nicholson, R., Ashcroft-Smith, M., Sailba, L., Abraham, J., Mubin, O., Yevenes, K., Bidewell, J., Moussa, M., Arness, D., Berry, J., Hellany, A. and Darestani, M. (2022), 'Beyond the discipline : mapping and developing WIL across transdisciplinary curricula', The Australian Collaborative Education Network. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Berry, J. and Lechner, T. (2021), 'Data collection and product development : combining Matlab and Arduino to develop natural user interfaces (NUI)', World Design Organization Research and Education Forum, Hyderabad, India.
  • Yevenes, K., Payette, J., Alexander, S. and Berry, J. (2020), 'Partnerships in an industrial design studio : augmenting the master-apprentice model to inspire collaboration', Design Research Society. Conference, Online.
  • Berry, J. (2008), 'Overcoming The Complexity Of Teaching Form And Detail Aesthetics In Product Design Education', 10th Engineering And Product Design Education Conference, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.


  • 2003, 'Bookcase : National Gallery of Australia'

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