Dr Catherine Sinnamon
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BiographyCatherine Sinnamon is currently a PhD Candidate in the School of Design in the discipline of Architecture while teaching architectural design. She has studied at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (A.A.). The current research builds upon Catherine's experience at the A.A., investigating design process, which has been further developed through her experience in architecture professional practice and in teaching roles in Italy and Australia. Catherine has tutored in Architectural Design at the University of Queensland and northern Italy, History and Theory, and Visualisation Technology and Architectural Design subjects at QUT. Her current research is investigating successful integration of the advantages of manual design tools into the digital design processes in the concept design stage of architecture. PROFILE
University Sessional Academic, PhD candidate, and Professional Practice in Architecture.
- Professional highly motivated experienced sessional academic educated in innovative teaching strategies from the A.A. in London, University of Qld, and QUT.
- Strong professional background working in award-winning architectural practices in UK, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane
- Ongoing strong connections with numerous local award-winning architectural practices & years of service for Institute of Architects enabling student exposure to real world experience, knowledge, and professional practice.
- Drawing upon 8 years of experience as a sessional academic, can demonstrate well developed communication skills well-researched teaching practices, & effective teaching that results in positive engagement with students.
- Experience in teaching Architectural Design in design studio environments with focus on creating learning environments that motivate students’ curiosity and engagement in learning in enabling their own creative rigour and authorship in timely executed practical activities.
- Brings new perspectives & evidence-based understanding to classrooms with experience in teaching architectural theory, and communication & history, drawn from multiple perspectives, also from extensive travel abroad.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE QUT Architecture, Creative Industries, Academic Design Studio DAH710 4thYear Design studio 2018 Sem 1 Design Studio DAB511 3rd Year Design studio 2018 Sem 1 Design Studio DAB611 Sustainable design principles multi-residential design 2017 Sem 2 Architectural Visualisation DAB203 Manual & Digital design tools diverse skills, draw 2016-7 Sem 2 Introducing Design History DEB202 Conducted tutorials, cross-disc.design history 2016 Sem 2 Co-ordination: Successfully designed developed, co –ordinated, implemented course in 2015 Sem 1 workshop skills for architectural design modelling; program in manual, digital tools for students Design StudioYear 2 DAB 310, Individual design tutorials, engaging students in peer, 2013-4 Sem 1 1 Architectural History & Theory DAN125, teaching in higher learning, scholarly writing 2011-2 Sem 2 MILAN Polytechnic University, Italy, Architecture School Guest Studio Design tutor 2012 Engaged students in urban regeneration mixed use multi-residential design process. . PAVIA University, Italy, Architecture School, Guest Studio Design Tutor, 2012 April In studio engaged students in design processes for single dwellings . . . . . UNIVERSITY of QUEENSLAND, Architecture Faculty Sessional Academic in Design Studio 2009-11 Led tutorials of students in practical & collaborative design activities, hand drawing & physical modelling PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- HEA Higher Education Academy Associate Fellow, UK, Awarded, February . 2018 Sem 1
- QLD Housing Seminar: Architects Poole, Clare Donovan, Mainwaring. Bond Univ 2017 Sem 2
- Writing Masterclass Professor Cathy Charmaz (Sonoma, California), 2 day workshop QUT. 2017
- Teaching Advantage QUT 2017 Sem 2
- Effective Communication, QUT Learning & Teaching Unit 2017 Sem 2
KEY TEACHING SKILLS Summary
- Brings strong real world experiences working architectural practices in London, Brisbane, & Sunshine Coast into classroom
- Brings a flexible approach to an organised logical structured presentation of learning material for both individual and collaborative student engagement to incite high levels of motivation in learners.
- Ability to ground complex principles in real world examples for relevance to range of student backgrounds
- Creating opportunities for students to master own learning with experiences in safe environments to experiment, make mistakes until breakthrough to success, to be embedded and sourced in future for careers to make impact
- Impactful teaching skills drawing upon structured teaching frameworks using practical examples with a range of online learning digital teaching support tools and blended learning environments
- Clear supportive constructive feedback guiding students in strengthening their own self-directed inquiry
- Enabling students to engage in understanding of sense of place in architecture with extensive knowledge of local architectural fabric, past and present, and local legislative practices.
- Established relationships with numerous award-winning local architectural practices to assist students in experiencing real world architectural practice. Feedback in a timely manner
- Undertaken external studies in sustainable design to support student applications of these technologies in design
- Proficiency in both digital design tools and manual design tools
- Excellent scholarly critical analysis skills, abstract thinking, higher and lateral thinking, with high attention to detail
ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Architectural professional practice with Peter Tonkin of Sydney (now Tonkin Zulaikha Greer). This was built upon by working in London architectural practices, and award-winning Brisbane and Sunshine Coast practices.
- Sinnamon Architects, Brisbane: Queensland & SA residential design, St Mary’s Conservation 2006-12
- Young Architects, Sunshine Coast: Single & multi-residential Design. 2005
- Arc+Architects Sunshine Coast: Single unit residential design and 2004-5
- Kevin Hayes Architects (KHA) Brisbane: Residential design development, multi-residential 2004
- Middap Ditchfield Architects, Sunshine Coast: Design residential civic hospital &multi-residential, Community consultation, co–ordination of consultants 2003
- John Mainwaring Architects (JMA) Brisbane Sunshine Coast: Architects solo design project Sunshine Beach,
- Current Thesis Title: “Evaluating Manual Design Techniques for Successful Engagement with Digital Design” Supervisors: Associate Professor Phil Crowther, Professor Paul Sanders University of Queensland Master of Architecture (Hons)
- Griffith University Master of Film and Media (Hons) self-directed research in documentary-making
- Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, Intermediate School, 2 years Additional studies in Classical & Contemporary Architecture, Architectural Theory, Surrealism, Drawing, Photography, Architectural modelling, Workshop skills, & Sculpture, Woodworking skills, Soldering, Welding
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS including Architecture Awards
- APA Scholarship for QUT PhD Candidature 2014-2019 2011
- Commendation for Noosa Youth Centre Institute of Architects Awards, 2008
- Sunshine Coast House of the Year, Institute of Architects Awards 2004