Kirsty trained in both architecture and interior design and much of her research, up until now, has been in the fields of interior design and decoration, and scenographic arts. Her research as a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland will examine the work of architect and ceramist Nell McCredie. McCredie practised as an architect in the interwar period, she then went on to find success as a ceramist in the late 1930s. McCredie's ceramic works are now included the collections of the Powerhouse Museum and the National Museum of Australia. Much of the existing literature on McCredie has focused on her work as a ceramist and largely ignored her work as an architect. To date, only one of architectural works has been recognised, Uanda House, which is currently listed on the Queensland Government's Heritage Register. Kirsty's thesis will primarily record McCredie's considerable architectural portfolio and built works. Her thesis will also attempt to document McCredie's experiences as a pioneering woman in architecture.