Susan is the Design Principal and a Managing Partner at FBM. She is also a part-time assistant professor of Architectural Design and Practice at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Architecture and Planning in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Originally from the UK, she is both an architect and an interior designer involved in teaching, research, and practice. Susan was made a fellow of the RAIC in 2015.
Susan completed her education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, BC (BID) and Dalhousie University, NS (BEDS, M.Arch) where she was awarded the RAIC medal upon graduation in 1999. She received her PhD from the Bartlett School of Architecture - UCL, UK, in architectural design. She started her architectural career working for Arthur Erickson in Vancouver.
Her work has been the recipient of many accolades including the Canada Council for the Arts - Professional Prix de Rome, Governor General's Medal in Architecture, the Wood Design Award, the EnRoute Air Canada Award in partnership with the RAIC, Maritime Design Awards, and multiple Lieutenant Governor's Awards including the Medal of Excellence. In addition, her work has been nominated for multiple Mies’ Crown Hall Americas Prizes (IIT College of Architecture).
Widely exhibited and published, her specific approach to practice was showcased in Elke Krasny’s exhibition ‘Thinking out Loud: The Making of Architecture.’
At Dalhousie University she has been running an urban systems design studio in Havana, Cuba, since 2014 in close collaboration with Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE) and authoring an upcoming book entitled Havana: Lived Experiences for Routledge Press.