Renovation and Home Design


Kate St James FDIA




Kate St. James, FDIA is an interior designer and the Editor-in-Chief of Universal Magazines’ Home Design and Living  Series of magazines including Grand Designs Australia, Home Design, Home Renovation, Outdoor Rooms and a number of Australia’s other leading residential architecture and design publications. Along with qualifications in interior design, Kate also studied journalism. Her specialty is architecture and design.

Kate's early working life was as a journalist in London followed by a successful 20-year career in high end residential, commercial and hospitality interior design in Australia with her own company, The Design Works. During her design career Kate also wrote for many design publications on topics such as interior design, environmentally-sustainable design, space planning and facility management as well as teaching at Queensland College of Art and KVB College of Art and Design in Sydney. She has also held positions as Queensland Chapter Convenor and National Executive member of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia. She is currently a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia in which role she actively supports and promotes the industry and encourages students and emerging designers.

Kate’s background was instrumental in providing the necessary qualities for her current role as Editor-in-Chief of one of Australia's leading niche market publishers of home design magazines. Her vision has always been to promote an awareness of Australian and international architecture and design to demonstrate to the wider community the meaningful way it can impact on our lives.

In 2007 Kate received a 20 year citation from the Design Institute of Australia for services to the design industry. In 2008 Kate was selected as part of the prestigious collation by Crown Content – Who’s Who of Australian Women "Leadership and Beyond”. This publication marks the lives of women who have made a significant contribution to Australian life, whether at a community, state, national or international level. In 2009, Kate’s biography was once again included in the publication Who’s Who of Australian Women “Lessons we Learn”.

Kate is the immediate past President of the Australian Architecture Association, an organisation whose mission is to promote architecture to the wider community through its tours, talks, seminars and programs. Kate was a board member of the NSW Architects Registration Board; her role was to represent public interest and consumer views.

To learn more about Kate St James, the magazines, her involvement in the design world and how you can join her on her international design tours, read through the pages of this website. You will also find links to the tour information and contact details.


"Everybody has the right

to experience good design"

Kate St James  FDIA


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