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Dr Shannon Satherley

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture

Personal

Name
Dr Shannon Satherley
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer in Design
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Landscape Architecture
Discipline *
Architecture, Other Built Environment and Design
Phone
+61 7 3138 2467
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong), Master of Landscape Architecture (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects: Chair, National Education Committee (2017); Vice President (Qld. Chapter) (2015 to present); Registered Landscape Architect (2014 to present).
  • QUT Higher Education Research Network: invited member (2013-present).
  • CIF Design Learning Collective: member (2012-present).
  • QUT Learning & Teaching Project Managers’ Community of Practice: member (2009-present).
  • QUT Ally Network: Member (2007-present).
Keywords

landscape, landscape architecture, landscape meaning, post-industrial landscapes

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Since 2003 I have taught across undergraduate and postgraduate design programs at QUT, with a focus on design studios taught with external communities and clients, both in remote communities, and with urban partner organisations. I filled the role of undergraduate co-ordinator of the landscape architecture degree between 2013-16. I am a visual artist as well as a landscape architect, and have been teaching design studios incorporating creative arts methods in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse since 2014. In 2017 I have taken up the invited position of Brisbane Powerhouse’s first ‘Placemaker in Residence’, advancing both teaching and research opportunities. My research broadly concerns the conception of landscape, or place meaning, with a focus on creative arts approaches to design, design in post-industrial landscapes, and the pedagogy of authentic design learning. A Registered Landscape Architect, I am the Chair of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Education Committee, as well as Vice President of the Queensland Chapter.

This information has been contributed by Dr Shannon Satherley.

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy, Aims and Activities

I believe good teaching enables students to engage with their own learning, providing a scaffolding of clear tasks and goals, and a flexible structure encouraging safe experimentation, linked to real world situations. Since 2003 I have co-ordinated and taught at QUT at all undergraduate year levels, at Masters level, across disciplines and Schools, from small classes ( 400), and in a range of subject areas from theoretical to applied, with a specialisation in studio teaching in landscape architecture.

Real World Learning Experiences in the Community

By involving design (and engineering) students in an ongoing series of real world community projects and the application of related strategies in on-campus teaching, I create learning environments fostering the development of the active, interactive and independent learning skills characteristic of deep learning. Student feedback suggests many design students do not perceive strong links between the content of university curricula and its application in the real world of professional practice. This contributes to their disengagement with learning. One of my core teaching values is that making and experiencing connections between university-based learning and the real world provides crucial cognitive and applied skills development, as well as benefitting the university and wider community. In response I create opportunities for student immersion in real world learning environments, and design learning tasks assisting them to understand these connections.

In Semester 1 2007 I team-taught in a real world project-based landscape architecture and cross-disciplinary fourth year undergraduate unit, and used this project to initiate the Sustainable Futures by Design action research project. I developed, led and taught  five further real world project-based units mostly within the mainstream design curriculum as part of this action research. The aim was to address the fact that real world learning projects in places remote from or distinctively different to students’ familiar territory present a specific teaching challenge: to assist students to translate campus-learnt skills into an entirely new context, facilitating a project they will learn from, and project partners and community will value.

These six projects, student cohorts and evaluations are outlined below, plus two upcoming 2014 projects:

2014: The Sustain Charleville Project; and The Power Studio

2013: Envisioning a New Windsor Cultural Precinct Project Week: Years 2-4 landscape architecture & architecture

2010: Get EnGulfed: Normanton2020, BEB801 Years 2-4: landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, environmental & civil engineering

2010: A Tale of Two Marinas: Burnett Heads and Port of Bundaberg, DLB710 Year 4: landscape architecture, environmental engineering

2009:  Resilient Maroochydore 2029 DLB710 Year 4: landscape architecture

2008: Linking Karumba: Creating Sustainable Connections, BEB801 Years 2-4: landscape architecture, architecture, industrial design, environmental & civil engineering

2008: Port of Bundaberg: Integrated Solutions to Sustainable Growth in Coastal Queensland, DLB710 Year 4: landscape architecture, environmental engineering

2007: DLB710 Year 4: landscape architecture, environmental engineering, Bargara Pasturage Reserve

Real World Learning Experiences on Campus

When I cannot take students away from campus, I bring the real world to them on campus. Of the real world learning opportunities so far described, students often make comments such as: ‘I learnt more in two weeks than in a full semester at uni’ (anon. student feedback, Linking Karumba action research survey, 2008). Thus I employ strategies in my on-campus teaching to encourage a comparable level of learning engagement, bringing the real world into the campus. I engage in partnerships with external organisations to simulate real world studio conditions within the classroom, including through the active involvement of professionals in units as tutors, guest reviewers and guest lecturers.

The following is a list of on-campus projects which have involved real world design problems, and partnerships with the public and private sectors:

2013: Reimagine Brisbane CBD, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

2012: South Bank South, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

2011: Fluid Infrastructure: Brisbane Flood Studio (Flood of Ideas), DLB710 Year 4 landscape architecture

2010: Time & Tide; The Active Heart; Negotiating the Edge at South Bank South, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

2009: Bank2Bank; Cliff City; Time & Tide; Radically Accessible City in Brisbane CBD, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

2008: Brendale Corridor Project, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

2007: Albany Creek East, DLB410 Year 2 landscape architecture

Scholarly Approach to Teaching and Learning

I adopt a reflective approach to my practical and scholarly teaching development, continuously reviewing, revising and reiterating strategies and methods. This is formalised in two ongoing action learning projects: Sustainable Futures by Design (2007-2013) and Changing Relationships: Engaging Students and Staff in the Design Studio(2009-2011). I seek continuous feedback on my teaching from students and peers, and fold this into a reflective practice. I believe engaged learning is motivated by engaged teaching, and another priority is to create opportunities for the practical and reflective teaching development of sessional staff.

This information has been contributed by Dr Shannon Satherley.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Awarded a prestigious 2011 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning`For the creation of innovative real world community-based learning environments fostering engaged, active and interactive student learning in design'.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Awarded the QUT Vice Chancellor's Excellence Award 2011`For Learning and Teaching, and Innovative and Creative Practice.'
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
Awarded a QUT Vice Chancellor's Performance Award (team) for 'Sustainable Futures by Design' project 'Get EnGulfed: Normanton2020'.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Awarded a QUT Vice Chancellor's Performance Award for 'Sustainable Futures by Design' real world teaching and research through community engagement.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Leader of partnership awarded the prestigious national Business/Higher Education Round Table 'Award for Best Community Engagement' for real world action research project 'Sustainable Futures by Design'. Partners: QUT, Port of Brisbane Corporation,Burnett Mary Regional Group.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2008
Details
Awarded a QUT Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Dean's Excellence Award for 'Engaging with the Community'.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2010
Details
Awarded a Faculty of BEE Small Teaching & Learning Grant of $4273.50 for Changing Relationships 2: Engaging Students and Staff in the Design Studio.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2009
Details
Awarded a Faculty of BEE Small Teaching & Learning Grant (collaborative) of $15,000.00 for The Affective Dimension in Engaging Built Environment Students in the Project-Based Learning Context (Changing Relationships 1).
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2008
Details
Awarded a Faculty of BEE External Relations Grant of $7,500.00 for Linking Karumba: Creating Sustainable Connections (Sustain-able Futures by Design).
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2007
Details
Awarded a QUT Engagement Innovation Grant of $20,000.00 for An Innovative Model for Engagement: Integrated Solutions to Sustainable Growth in Coastal Queensland (Sustainable Futures by Design).