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