Victoria Firth-Smith is a pākehā lesbian experience designer, autoethnographic researcher and doctoral educator. She lives and loves on Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Ngarigu country. She is holding a Love Wins sign here because the personal is political.


V is a PhD candidate in Experience Design at Monash University; her thesis Make Welcome, critically explores university welcome practices. Since 2016, she has relished being the Manager, HDR Experience at the Australian National University. Previously she has worked at the National Portrait Gallery, and Otago University. V is active in her community; she has served on numerous boards since 2012 and has volunteered with organisations dedicated to social justice since 1996.


V founded the Museum of Experience, in 2019 to collect, interpret and display personal experiences of national significance in a pop-up format. She is on the board of YES! Fest and co-published QUEERBERRA. V is a regular panellist, facilitator and interviewer, get in touch if you're keen to chat. 

Photograph by Jane Duong

I acknowledge that reconciliation is unfinished business and pay my respect and gratitude to the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Ngarigu Elders past and present where I live and love.

This always was, and always will be Aboriginal land.