A Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Design Innovation (CDI), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. She is a Lead Researcher for Humanitarian Habitat and Design Project, one of the CDI’s core projects. Yenny received her PhD in Architecture from School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore and has a Masters in Sustainable Heritage Development and Management from the Australian National University. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from University of North Sumatra, Indonesia.
She had been working with recognised International Aid Agencies and non-profit organisations including the UN-ILO, UNESCO, UNFPA, World Bank, Environmental Resource Management (Barcelona), Global Heritage Fund (California) and German Technical Cooperation Agency (GIZ), primarily in the area of disaster & reconstruction, architecture, cultural heritage, community development, housing and urban studies. She held various positions, ranging from Researcher, Project Manager, Consultant, Technical Expert, Project Officer, Project Coordinator and Program Assistant.
She also had established and run a local non-profit community-based organisation that concerned on architectural and cultural-heritage issues in Aceh, Indonesia, particularly in post-disaster context for more than 10 years. 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 on local down-to-earth real contexts and concerns.