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Dr Yenny Rahmayati

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Design and Community Development
PhD in Architecture, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Master of Sustainable Heritage Development and Management, Australian National University, Australia; Bachelor of Architecture, North Sumatra University, Indonesia


A researcher with architecture background had been working with several international aid agencies and non-profit organisations such as the UN and World Bank, primarily in the area of architecture, cultural heritage, disaster & reconstruction, community development, housing and urban studies. Had established and run a local non-profit community-based organisation that concerned on architectural and cultural-heritage issues in Aceh, Indonesia for more than 10 years. Experienced in managing projects, proposal development and conducting collaborative research projects with a number of recognized research institutions and organizations, such as the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore (NUS)-Singapore, Environmental Resource Management-Spain and Global Heritage Fund-California.

Yenny’s work focuses on the processes of societal socio-cultural transformation and changing life style short term as well as long term, paying a great deal of attention to post-disaster new housing visions, processes and programs. Her current research proposed a new post-disaster housing reconstruction attitudes and a new type of action based upon local down-to-earth real contexts and concerns, the approach which contributes and influences the decisions in design and planning housing in post-disaster projects in the future.

- Asia Research Institute Ph.D Scholarship, Singapore (2009)
- Graduated from Australian National University with First Class Honours/High Distinction Grade (2007)
- Australian Partnership Scholarship, AusAID (2006)

External/Industry roles:
- Reviewer - Elsevier, The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2016-present (indexed in Scopus)
- International Editorial Board Members - The International Journal of Disaster Management, 2016-present
- Director - Aceh Heritage Community Foundation, 2005-2015
- Member - Asia Heritage Network, Japan, 2011-present
- Affiliate - Indonesian Heritage Trust, Indonesia, 2007-present
- Affiliate - Lestari Heritage Network, Malaysia, 2005-present
- Member - Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH-Australia Chapter), 2017-present

Leadership experience:
- Toastmaster International, Deli Club – Medan, Indonesia (1998-2002)
- Toastmaster International, Kutaraja Club - Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2005-2006)

Media Coverage:

October 27, 2016 by indonesianheritagetrust Recap: Monthly discussion with Dr. Yenny Rahmayati

Could World Culture Forum become a Davos for arts and heritage?

Bringing back laughter to an Acehnese school

Research interests

Post-disaster Housing; Disaster and Reconstruction; Housing and Urban Studies; Community Development; NGO; Cultural Heritage Management; Vernacular Architecture; Public Good Design; Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture; Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate.

PhD topics and outlines

Post-disaster housing: This dissertation discusses the transformation of domestic living space that followed from large scale building of new permanent homes realised in reconstruction projects, and the effects of the rebuilt environment on family and social life in post-tsunami Aceh.

Fields of Research

  • Architecture - 120100
  • Community Planning - 120501
  • Built Environment And Design Not Elsewhere Classified - 129999

Teaching areas

Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture;Strategic & Transformative Design: Sustainability;Housing and Urban Studies


  • 2017, Swinburne, Graduate Certificate Scholarship, Swinburne University of Technology,
  • 2016, Swinburne, Academic Promotion, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2009, International, Asia Research Institute Ph.D Scholarship, National University of Singapore
  • 2006, International, Australian Partnership Scholarship , AusAID


Also published as: Rahmayati, Yenny; Rahmayati, Y.
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