Rachel Jahja

SCD Rachel Jahja
School: School of Communication & Design
Department: Design
Position: Associate Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
Email: rachel.jahja@rmit.edu.vn
Phone: (+84) 28 36223676

Multidisciplinary designer and interior architect, researcher and academic

BIA(Hons), Master of Design, PhD (Candidate)


Design Studies

Transpersonal phenomenology, ontology, psychology, metaphor, transformative learning, reflective practice, design studio pedagogy, authenticity in design education, design and spatial theory, interior design, architectural practice

  • Baker, R. 2013. SDES1107 Embodying Design: A tertiary design education approach for understanding the relationship between multiple dimensions of place meaning and place making, in Flood, A. & Coleman, K.S. (Eds.) (2014). Disciplines: The Lenses of Learning, Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois: Common Grounds Publishing LLC.University Press.
  • Baker, R. 2013. Bridging Embodied Learning Theory, Place Meaning and the Process of Place Making in Design Studio Pedagogy, in Environmental Design Research Association 44th Conference Proceedings, Rhode Island, NY.


  • PhD APA Scholarship | 2011
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship ($81 000AU)
  • Nuffics Research Scholarship | 2008 - 2009
  • Netherlands Government Research Scholarship - Masters (23 000EU)



Undergraduate Dissertation Thesis Supervision (10 students)

Teaching/Service Awards:

RMIT University (Vietnam) | 2019 

University Award for Recognition in RMIT Values 


UNSW (FBE) | 2016

Faculty Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence ($2000AU)


UNSW (FBE) | 2014 - 2015 

Deans Award for Teaching Excellence x 4


UNSW (FBE) | 2014

Faculty Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence ($2000AU


Interior Design, Exhibition Design

  • UNSW Art & Design 2011 – 2017
  • UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment 2011 - 2017