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About Sarah McGann

Professor Sarah McGann is an architectural researcher and Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle. Sarah’s research interest and publications builds upon her architectural practice background with a particular interest in the ‘social life of buildings’ and has an overarching theme of architecture, health and well-being. Sarah’s recently funded work is investigating the impact design and spatial practices have upon buildings and their occupants. She is a Principle Investigator within the interdisciplinary Active Building Design Research group where she leads the architectural side of the healthy workplace design project. In addition, Sarah has a special interest and expertise in the space of ageing and palliative care. Her 2013 book The Production of Hospice Space: Conceptualising the Space of Caring and Dying draws together her research interests and award winning practice. Sarah is an experienced PhD supervisor in both creative and traditional dissertations spanning architectural, urban, spatial and social agendas. She maintains her currency as a registered architect in Ireland where her prior architectural practice focused on the areas of health, hospitality, workplace and recreation design. Sarah continues her professional affiliation through her work with the Australian Institute of Architects and as a ministerial appointment to the Architects Board of Western Australia.

Professional Affiliations:
Board member of Architects Board of Western Australia 2012-1016 (ministerial appointment)
Academic Member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
Registered Architect Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI)
Adjunct Professor UWA ALVA

Community Engagement:
Invited Guest Speaker
McGann S. (2013) “Spatial Implications of Caring and Dying” Invited guest speaker at COTA Forum, Conversations on Dying, 21 November 2013, State Library Theatre Perth.
McGann S. (2013) “The Space of Caring and Dying” Invited guest speaker at the AGM Palliative Care WA, October 2013
McGann S. (2013) “Conceptualising the Space of Caring and Dying” Dementia Training Study Centre, Knowledge Transfer Workshop, Mercure Hotel,
Perth 18 April. Invited Speaker.

In the Media: Newspaper Articles: Research

McGann, S & Tye M “Take a stand, move with the times” West Australian February 18, 2015.

McGann S & Fordham H. Age-Friendly Perth? West Australian October 15, 2014.


Present Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle and Broome, The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle

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Honors and Awards

  • “Active Workplace Design”. HBF July 2013-2014
  • Best Paper runner-up 2013. The Architectural Science Association 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
  • Healthways WA Health Promotion Starter Grant 2012
  • Humanities Publishing Grant 2012, Curtin University


  • Post-Graduate research
  • Non-traditional research methods and doctoral supervision
  • Creative and critical units across social, cultural and spatial design areas

Contact Information

Professor Sarah McGann

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Fremantle and Broome
Phone: 9433 0126

Articles (5)

Book Chapters (2)

Books (1)

Conference Papers (3)