Dr Shannon Satherley

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Faculty of Engineering,
School of Architecture & Built Environment

Personal details


Senior Lecturer in Design
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Architecture & Built Environment


teaching, curriculum, landscape architecture, creative practice and landscape meaning


Architecture, Other Built Environment and Design

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


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

Professional memberships and associations

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2020 to present).
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects: Registered Landscape Architect (2014 to present).


Teaching Philosophy, Aims and Activities .

I believe good teaching enables students to engage with their own learning, providing a scaffolding of clear and authentic 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 to massive classes, 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 benefiting the university and wider community. In response I create opportunities for student immersion in real world learning environments, and design authentic learning tasks assisting them to understand these connections.

Selected publications

QUT ePrints

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Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)