Our organisation continues to invest in valuable experience with qualified people
Susan Morris has recently joined our Queensland team as an Access Consultant. It’s a busy time at Architecture & Access and Susan and her experience are a welcome addition to our Queensland team to support project delivery.
While studying architecture at Melbourne University Susan’s mentor Brian Kidd, inspired her to become both an access consultant and an architect. Brian was one of the early members of the Standards Australia committee that developed AS 1428.1 – Design for access and mobility and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990 for ‘services to architectural design, particularly for the needs of people with physical disabilities and the frail aged’.
“He was truly inspirational, caring and encouraging of my research. He helped develop my understanding and application of inclusive design,” says Susan.
Early in her career Susan was a project architect with Clark & Kidd working on nursing home projects. She also worked for the RAIA (Royal Australian Institute of Architects) Access Advisory Board as an access consultant. In between the beginning of her career and now Susan has worked as an educational manager for Building Design, BIM and Sustainability at Box Hill Institute and teaching building design focussing on sustainability, access and regulatory compliance.
Susan is passionate about sustainability and education. Susan explains, “I see Universal Design as a core aspect of sustainability. That is, creating buildings and urban spaces that are inclusive for all, and future-proofed for all users”.
Susan is lucky to live on South Stradbroke Island in Queensland which is unbelievably beautiful. She loves watching nature fly and hop past, there are lots of birds and wallabies here. We may talk Susan in to having our next Christmas party at her place!!!
Margarita Rebage has joined the Melbourne Access team. Margarita is a Graduate of Architecture and migrated to Australia from Colombia South America in 2009. It was a long journey for her where she has worked in different industries in various roles while studying, acquiring visas and her Australian citizenship.
Margarita has an abundance of experience, studying architecture in Colombia, urban planning and environment at RMIT Victoria, and now garden design at Melbourne University.
Margarita’s goal is to help people through design and architecture and working at Architecture & Access as an Access Consultant provides the opportunity to do just that. “My goal is to explore how can we make better cities for everyone and produce creative and sustainable solutions”, explains Margarita.
Margarita has volunteered in aged care since she was 11 years old and for the past 4 years, has volunteered for the Stroke Foundation as a stroke survivor. “Working at Architecture & Access, I am combining all my passions and beliefs”, she says.
In her spare time Margarita goes camping in different National parks and enjoys really connecting to nature. Of course, as a Colombian she loves music and dancing. Her homeland city is called Cali and is the salsa capital of Colombia.