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Victoria Firth-Smith is a pākehā lesbian experience designer, autoethnographic researcher and doctoral educator.


V is a PhD candidate in Experience Design at Monash University; her autoethnographic 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 has been on the board of YES! Fest since 2018, and co-published QUEERBERRA in 2017

Photographs by Jane Duong