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Ms Susan Ang
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
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 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
I have developed a balanced portfolio across design, teaching and research. My research profile is built
around the social concept of ‘Design for diversity” which is interpreted through three dimensions: Education,
Community Engagement and Built Environment.
I hold the following school portfolios:
iDiDe PROGRAM COORDINATOR ( Intercultural Dialogue Through Design Masterclass Collaborative Design
Workshop with international study experience)
CareerLecturer in architecture design and design communication (Deakin 2008 - now)
Associate lecturer in design and design communication (Deakin 1998 - 2007)
Architect (John Burgess Architect, NSW 1995 - 1997)
Project Architect (Williams and Ross Architects (1990 - 1993)
Esam Lowe Architects (1986 - 1989)
Key publicationsHitch, 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.
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Masters studentsStudent nameThesis 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
Teaching areasArchitecture design
Architecture design communication
Intercultural Dialogue through design masterclass collaborative studio
Research and design thesis