School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University
In 2018, Suzie was appointed the inaugural Associate Dean Interior Design for the School of Architecture and Urban Design. In this role, she provides strategic leadership to the discipline of interior design and programs in vocational, higher education and higher degrees by research. Prior to this appointment, Suzie was the Deputy Dean Learning + Teaching from 2013 to 2017; and prior to this program director of Interior Design from 2005 to 2012. She joined the Interior Design program in a continuing role in 2000. From 1999 to 2008, she coordinated the History and Theory stream of the Interior Design program. In this role, she developed course curriculum that articulated a history and theory particular to the discipline of interior design as one that was not equated with interior architecture. Suzie has led design studios with 2nd and 3rd year students, supervised final year undergraduates and postgraduates, and taught in specialisation areas such as exhibition design.
Suzie is recognised internationally for her contribution to the discipline of interior design. Her research has been published as book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations and exhibitions; she is regularly invited as an international visiting professor to offer workshops and intensives; present keynotes and lectures. She was awarded the '2017 RMIT Research Award for Impact in Design (ECR)'. Her practice research poses questions of interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, pedagogy and creative practice. The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari continue to be a force in this research which is conducted through a practice of designing with a curatorial inflection attending to arrangements (and re-arrangements) of spatial, temporal and material relations. Suzie's PhD titled "Interior, practices of interiorizations, interior designs" is a practice-based research PhD that questions dominant phenomenological models of interior and interiority to re-pose 'interior' as a practice/process of interiorization in relation with exteriors. The research was conducted through curatorial and exhibition practice.