B IntArch UNSW (Univ Medal, Hons 1)
Alanya is the Director of Student Experience for the faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, with a key focus on increasing the wellbeing and sense of belonging for all students. Alanya is a member of teaching staff for the Interior Architecture program in the Built Environment where she convenes courses in design practice. Alanya has been an Education Focused academic since 2018 and an academic lead for the Sessional Academic Community of Practice since 2019, working with academic colleagues across the university to implement the Sessional Academic Learning & Teaching program (SALT), and also contributing to the design and development of the Built Environment training program BE UPskilled. As an advocate for mental health awareness, Alanya proudly held the position of UNSW Disability Champion for the past two years. Alanya has also been the Built Environment Academic Disability Advisor since 2019.
Alanya graduated from the Interior Architecture program at UNSW in 2003 with the University Medal and returned to the BE to complete her PhD in 2013 on the topic of celebrity architects, focusing on how the phenomenon of fame influences the architectural process. Alanya’s industry experience spans from Sydney to Paris, where she has worked for a range of high profile studios including the atelier of Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, the architectural practice of Alec Tzannes AM, and the Australasian design firm Geyer. Her roles have incorporated interior design, workplace strategy, communications and research relating to knowledge transfer and trust building.
Alanya is also involved in local government and is a current elected Councillor for North Sydney Council.
Thematically, Alanya's current interests in education and publication are:
- Waste reduction / low-impact design / conscious consumption
- Inclusive spaces / designing for mental health
- Behavioural sciences / sensory optimisation / salient design
- Knowledge transfer / intrinsic motivation / communication strategies
- Political environments / designing for governance
UNSW Built Environment Learning and Teaching Excellence Award for Design Excellence (2017)
FMA Australia & Spotless Most Significant Research Initiative Excellence Award (2010)
National Association of Women in Construction scholarship (NAWIC) finalist (2012)
DIA Big Picture Design Challenge, mixed medium image category (2010)
Davenport Campbell Prize for the best performance in final year interior architecture (2003)
Design Institute of Australia encouragement award (2003)
Learning & Teaching grant UNSW BE (2018)
Career Development Funding for Education Focussed Academics UNSW (2018)
FBE Dean's scholarship UNSW (2009-2013)
UNSW Research Excellence Award (2009-2013)
Wightman Postgraduate Scholarship in Architecture UNSW (2010, 2011, 2012)