Susan is an educator and early career researcher with a PhD from the University of Queensland, and professional architectural qualifications and experience. She lecturers in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and is a member of the ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism, History).
Susan’s research lies broadly in the architectural humanities and intellectual history of architecture with a current focus on the nexus of techno-social, institutional and formal issues in architecture. Current funded projects include: 'Is Architecture Art?: A history of concepts, categories and recent practices' and 'Campus: Building modern Australian universities'.
Susan’s PhD examined the historical significance of the Centre Pompidou through the theme of movement and made the first survey of the 682 entries to the international competition held for the design of the building.