Susan Shannon

Susan Shannon

School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Dr Susan Shannon is an Architect and University Teacher, with a particular professional interest in evaluation of student learning outcomes and graduate hiring. For 25 years prior to joining the University in 2000, she practised architecture for major Australian and South Australian firms, and in her own practice. Her research focus is on women in architecture, broadening the scope to include the factors pertaining to the non-registration of women as architects.

Following her retirement in September 2014, Dr Shannon continues her engagement with the University of Adelaide through postgraduate supervision and coordination of an offshore studio in the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Dr Susan Shannon is an Architect and was for 15 years a University Teacher, with a particular professional interest in evaluation of student learning outcomes.

Her 1996 PhD considered the realm of student learning outcomes both in architecture and more generally. Her expertise in evaluation was developed during this period. Subsequently Dr Shannon has held a range of positions at the University of Adelaide involving that expertise and evaluating student learning outcomes for National Teaching Development Grants and the Learning and Teaching Development Unit and Online Learning and Teaching Unit as well as Manager of the Evaluation Program, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School from 2003-2007.

Dr Shannon's research also focuses upon the use of blended learning in teaching the techtonics of design and generally how built environment design students learn best, including the challenges for first year students. Using mixed method research, and advanced evaluation skills, Dr Shannon has evaluated studio learning particularly the teaching of techtonics of design to first - third year design and architectural engineering students. She is interested in the contribution of blended learning  environments to students' learning outcomes, and with that the contribution of digital and online assessment and evaluation for students in these areas.

In 2012, Dr Shannon's research focused upon the role of Architectural Registration. Her research focus was on women in architecture, broadening the scope to include the factors pertaining to women’s advancement in and withdrawal from the profession as well as registration as an architect. The research involved comparing Australian registration data with that from other countries with relevant registration procedures.

In 2013-2014 Dr Shannon persisted with her research into Factors in Non-Registration of Women as Architects, through making further research into men's patterns of registration. She has supervised Yishu Zeng,and Jenna Holder in Adelaide Summer Research Scholarships during summers of 2012-2013-2014 to develop a data-base of B Arch and M Arch graduates from both South Australian Universities and their registration status; as well as the numbers of South Australian graduates from both universities compared with registration data.This research is published in Creative Education 5 (16) (September 2014).

  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2007 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Innovation and Difference: city planning in Adelaide from 1972 until 1993 within the historical framework of the politics of City/State relations from 1836 Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Llewellyn-Smith
    2007 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Social Housing for Culturally Diverse Groups: A Users' and Providers' Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael David Findlay
    2002 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Reframing the Dynamics: A Case Study of the Interaction between Architectural Computing and Relationship-Based Procurement at the National Museum of Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr John Swift
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2011 - 2014 Member Architectural Practice Board of SA - -
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2001 - 2011 Chair Gawler Prize Judging Panel - -

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