Ms Susan Ang



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Archit. & Built Env.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Master of Architecture, Deakin University, 2008
Bachelor of Architecture, Deakin University, 1985

+61 3 522 78309


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)

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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

Research interests

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

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

Units taught

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

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


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Overcoming inequality through an integral and participatory design approach for sustainable development in rural communities

G Karunasena, R Tucker, S Ang

(2022), Reduced Inequalities, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

An integrated literature review of the current discourse around universal design in the built environment - is occupation the missing link?

Valerie Watchorn, Danielle Hitch, Cathryn Grant, Richard Tucker, Kathryn Aedy, Susan Ang, Patsie Frawley

(2019), pp. 1-12, Disability and rehabilitation, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Anganwadi: Ajjarkad 2018

Michael Sharman, susan Ang

(2019), Chaitya Hall, FIVV, J1


Intercultural Dialogue through Design - Anganwadi: Shirthady 2019

Michael Sharman, Susan Ang

(2019), TMA Pai Convention Centre, Mangalore, J1


Review on Sustainable Building Design and Construction in the Rural Context: The Case of Building Ampara, Sri Lanka

R Palliyaguru, R Palliyaguru, G Karunasena, G Karunasena, S Ang, S Ang

(2018), pp. 493-507, Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Intercultural Dialogue Through Design (iDiDe) as a Platform for Built Environment Education for Sustainability in Rural Developing Contexts: Building Ampara, Sri Lanka

S Ang, G Karunasena, R Palliyaguru

(2018), pp. 203-220, Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Reflection on the theory and practice of integral sustainable design in rural context: a literature review

Susan Ang, G Karunasena, Lalith De Silva, Sachi Gunatilake

(2018), pp. 439-448, CIOB 2018 : Built Asset Sustainability: Rethinking Design, Construction and Operations: Proceedings of the 7th World Construction Symposium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, E1


Intercultural dialogue through design (iDiDe ): a model of intercultural collaboration and student engagement

S Ang

(2017), pp. 230-256, Collaboration and student engagement in design education, Hershey P.a., B1

book chapter

Intercultural Dialogue Through Design - Building Ampara 2017

Susan Ang, Michael Sharman

(2017), Colombo Exhibition Centre, J1


Working with policy and regulatory factors to implement universal design in the built environment: the Australian experience

H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, S Ang

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 8157-8171, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Promoting participation through the universal design of built environments: making it happen

V Watchorn, H Larkin, D Hitch, S Ang

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 65-88, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1

journal article

Evaluation of housing developments for sustainability using a multi-criteria approach

U De Jong, R Fuller, Y Esteban, S Ang, J Coulson

(2014), 7th Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference, AHRC 2013: Refereed Proceedings, E1


Strategies and effectiveness of teaching universal design in a cross-faculty setting

V Watchorn, H Larkin, S Ang, D Hitch

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 477-490, Teaching in higher education, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Readiness for interprofessional learning: A cross-faculty comparison between architecture and occupational therapy students

H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, S Ang, K Stagnitti

(2013), Vol. 27, pp. 413-419, Journal of Interprofessional Care, C1

journal article

Community mobility in the context of universal design: Inter-professional collaboration and education

D Hitch, H Larkin, V Watchorn, S Ang

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 375-383, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, C1

journal article

An interprofessional approach to architecture education : collaboration between architecture and occupational therapy.

S Ang, H Larkin, V Watchorn

(2011), pp. 398-406, Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Geelong, Vic., E1


A holistic approach to the evaluation of sustainable housing

Y Esteban, S Ang, J Coulson, S Mellersh-Lucas, U de Jong, R Fuller

(2011), pp. 1-8, ANZAScA 2011 : From principles to practice in architectural science: Proceedings of the 45th Annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, Sydney, N. S. W., E1


Enriching student experience and inter-professional learning of inclusive design with Second Life

S Ang, S Segrave, H Larkin, D Hitch, V Watchorn, H Elkadi, M McCracken, D Holt

(2010), pp. 1-8, ANZAScA 2010 : On the border : architectural science in theory & practice : Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


Transitional issues of induction into design education for international undergraduate students : a case study analysis of architecture

M Kumar, S Ang

(2008), Vol. 3, pp. 10-32, Journal for education in the built environment, Cardiff, Wales, C1-1

journal article

The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment

R Tucker, S Ang

(2007), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Emirates journal for engineering research, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, C1

journal article

Chronicles of architectural internships : student experiences versus practitioner expectations

S Ang

(2007), pp. 7-14, ANZASCA 2007 : Towards solutions for a liveable future: progress, practice, performance, people. Proceedings of 41st annual conference, Geelong, Vic., E1


The academic acclimatisation difficulties of international students of the built environment

R Tucker, S Ang

(2006), pp. 207-215, ANZAScA 2006 : Challenges for architectural science in changing climates: proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association., Adelaide, Australia, E1


Traversing the international rainbow of academia and architectural practice

S Ang, D Beynon

(2005), pp. 1-8, AASA 2005 : Drawing together : convergent practices in architectural education, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference of the Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia, Brisbane, Queensland, E1


Developing international perspectives and prospects for architecture students

S Ang

(2004), pp. 279-285, Contexts of architecture : proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA and the International Building Performance Simulation Association - Australasia, Launceston, 10-12 November, 2004, Launceston, Tasmania, E1


Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


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