With a background in interior architecture across the fields of corporate, residential, hospitality and retail, my practice has focussed on individualised solutions over a universal or "designer's signature" approach. I have project managed and designed projects up to $15M but now prefer to work on smaller projects that require a greater focus on the intimacy between the person and the designed object or space. 

Emotion, narrative, personal and public meaning, and its influence on object longevity is my current practice focus. By critically interrogating contemporary design through a process of creative practice and theoretical investigation and reflection, I experiment with new technologies, to question existing standard practice and develop improved solutions. I actively participate in industry events, research through PhD studies, public exhibitions and as a guest speaker as a way to challenge myself and my work, and maintain relevance to practice and end users.


- Forlano, P. 2018 "Making Custodians: A Design Anthropology Approach to Designing Emotionally Enduring Built Environment Artefacts" Thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Interior Architecture) (Curtin). 
Forlano, P, 2017. "Resurfacing Memories: Mnemonic and Tactile Representations of Family History in the Making of New HeirloomsInterstices 17 Journal of Architecture and Related Arts.
Forlano, P, 2015. 'Making Custodians; Furniture as Intergenerational Objects' at Unmaking Waste; Transforming Production and Consumption in Time and Place Conference, May 2015. 
Zero Waste SA Research Centre, University of South Australia. 
- Forlano, P and D. Smith. 2012 'Becoming object.' IDEA 2012 Symposium, conference paper. 
- Lommerse, M, Eggleston, R, Brankovic, K, and Forlano, P. 2006. "A matter of attitude - The phenomenon of the 'designer-maker' is probably characteristic of Australian designers - that Antipodean ethic of self-reliance". Perth: FORM Gallery, Perth. 
- Lommerse, M, and Forlano, P. 2006. Curator's Essay. 'Riches of Isolation' Milan: Milan International Furniture Fair. 

- Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Interior Architecture/ Design and Art) (Curtin) 2018.
- B Appl. Sc. (In. Design, with distinction) Curtin University of Technology, 1997.


- Invited speaker; National Gallery of Victoria; Parallel conference September 2015
- Art Business: Art Practice. Vic Park Arts Centre, 2018
- DIA Breakfast Series, "Penelope Forlano and Glen Oldfield", March 2015.
- Pecha Kucha; September 2012
- IDEA Symposium 'Artists Floor Talk'; FORM Gallery, September 2012

- IDEA Symposium '7 x 7; Perth's Leading Design Practitioners’, September 2012
- DIA Guest Speaker; ‘Milan 2006’, FORM Gallery.

- Conference Presentations; IDEA Symposium 'Becoming other...’ with Dr Dianne Smith, September 2012. Unmaking Waste Conference, Adelaide. May 2015
- Invited Juror and Panel Leader; DIA WA Awards 2015; Residential, Product, Innovation and Best in State categories
- Invited judge; 2007-8 Australian Design Award -Dyson Student Award.
- Co-Curator; Salone Satellite ‘Riches of Isolation’ exhibition in Milan, Italy; Perth, Australia, 2006
- Councillor; Design Institute of Australia (WA) 2006.

- FORM (Creative arts and culture)
- Design Institute of Australia (Design)
- Artsource (Visual Arts)