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Ms Susan Ang

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Archit. & Built Env.
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Hours: 9am - 5pm
Phone: +61 3 52278309 +61 3 52278309



I was born in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. I am of Straits born Peranakan heritage and a 6th generation descendent of Singapore’s best-known philanthropist Tan Tock Seng. English is my first language and I speak Malay and some Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien). I had a British colonial influenced Christian upbringing at home and a catholic all girls schooling. My family background is well and truly transcultural.

I studied the VHSC at Taylors College Kuala Lumpur before gaining my Bachelor of Architecture at Deakin University.

I completed a Masters of Architecture by Research in 2008 with a thesis that investigated the value of early practice engagement in domestic and international contexts. My emplyoment positions have spanned equally over indutsry and academia:

Senior Lecturer (Deakin 2014 - now

Lecturer   (Deakin 2008 - 2013)

Associate Lecturer (Deakin 1998 - 2007)

Design Consultant private practice (1998 - 2007)

Architect (John Burgess Architect, NSW 1995 - 1997)
Project Architect(Williams and Ross Architects (1990 - 1993)
Architectural Assistant Esam Lowe Architects (1986 - 1989)

Biography summary

I studied architecture at Deakin and have now lived and worked in Australia as an architect and an academic
for over twenty years. My professional practice experience includes a range of residential, institutional and
commercial projects in Geelong, Melbourne and Byron Bay.

My interests are derived and inspired by intrinsic personal transcultural heritage and identity. I hold design
aspirations for a sustainable future imbued with soical justice, cultural harmony and a socially responsible agenda.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give"
Winston Churchill, 1874 - 1965


  • Bachelor of Architecture, Deakin University, 1985


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests and expertise are in architecture design and design communication. 

i am interested in humanitarian, social justice and community issues. I am experienced in socially responsible design that is about the preservation of intangible heritage, community informed design and inclusive and universal design.

I am involved in global collaborative teaching, learning and research through leadership of both UG and PG international study tour programs:

PG iDiDe transnational community design projects in Malaysia Australia , Thailand, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka 

UG ISouth Korea Architectuire and Built Environment Program 2012-2014

Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit Chair for the following units:
SRC 163 Graphic and Coded Communication
SRD 767 Intercultural dialogue through design : International study tour

SRM 372 Practical Assessment A (Internship in the built environment)

Teaching staff member for the various design studio units

Supervision of UG research (SRR 311) masters research thesis (SRR 711) and masterclass design (SRD 766)

Knowledge areas

Architecture design and design communication

Architecture professional practice

Built environment design education 

Designing for diversity , universal design and inclusive practice

Social justice in design and the built environment

Student supervision

Masters students
Student name
Thesis title
Zaharie, N.A. (2011)
Wayfinding strategies in the design of inclusive learning environments for mentally handicapped children
Yew, L.H. (2011)
Ethical and moral issues for architects to consider in universal design
Hart, L. (2011)
Cultural evolution in Australian house typology
Salleh, M. A., (2011).
Exploration of conservation methods and their effect on the Malaysian shop houses
Chuong, K (2012)
Disabled Spectator experience in sporting stadiums
Scott, P. (2012)
Experiential Equality: A Phenomenological Approach to design
Vorrath, A. (2012)
Group dynamics and creativity in children’s co-design projects.
Uzunay, G (2013)
Aging in Place



Research interests

1. Designing for diversity ; Inclusive Design; Community Mobility; Social Inclusion; Accessible environments
2. Interprofessional Education
3. Intercultural learning and design

Research groups

1. Design for diversity @ Deakin with School og Health and Social Development Interprofessional collaboration between architecure and occupational therapy.

2. Kelabit HIghlands Community Development Museum Project (KHCDM) with School of Social Studies and Humanitites and School of Creative Arts.

3. Built Environment Education (BEE) Group



Hitch, D., Larkin, H., Watchorn, V., & Ang, S. (2011) Community mobility in the context of universal design: inter-professional collaboration and education, Australian occupational therapy journal, 59(5),, pp. 375-383. Australia

Izadpanahi, P., Xu, L., Elkadi, H. & Ang, S. (18th-20th September 2012) ‘Kids in Design’: Designing Creative Schools with Children. Proceedings of The 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC2012). Glasgow, UK, . Pp. 304-311. Scotland

Watchorn, V., Larkin, H., Ang, S., Hitch, D. (2013) Strategies and effectiveness of teaching universal design in a cross-faculty setting Teaching in Higher Education Taylor and Francis Online, Routledge, Australia

Larkin, H., Watchorn, V., Ang, S., Hitch, D. (2013) Journal of Interprofessional Care Taylor and Francis Online, Australia

Ang, S., Segrave, S., Larkin, H., Elkadi, H., Watchorn, V., McCracken, M., Holt, D. Hitch, D (2010) Design 4 diversity : enhancing professional learning for architecture and occupational therapy students., . HERDSA 2010 : Proceedings of the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference HERDSA, Milperra, N.S.W.

Link to publications

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