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Cynthia Ratih Susilo
Senior Research Fellow

Cluster : DCR

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Dr. Cynthia Ratih Susilo is a Senior Research Fellow in Resilience Development Initiative.

Research Interest:

  • Public space discourses of the developing countries in various urban condition (relevant to climate change, disaster-sensitive context, the pressure of globalisation/modernisation/developmentalism and the postcolonial influences)
  • Housing and human settlement problems of the developing countries in various urban condition (relevant to climate change, disaster-sensitive context and the pressure of globalisation/modernisation/developmentalism)
  • The production and construction of urban space and local appropriation of space in urban context of the developing countries
  • The discourse of built-environmental projects in urban resiliency and participatory design & planning
  • Colonial and postcolonial urbanisms of Asia, particularly in Indonesian urban context.

Education Timeline

  • 2015 Doctor in Engineering Science (cum laude) – Architecture (PhD)

    University of Leuven (KU Leuven) - Belgium.

  • 2007 Master of Science in Human Settlements (magna cum laude)

    University of Leuven (KU Leuven) - Belgium.

  • 2000 Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture (Cum Laude — First Honour)

    Department of of Architecture Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Gadjah Mada (UGM).

Working Experiences Timeline

  • Sep 2009 – Dec 2010 Long-Distance Principal Design Collaborator

    PT. Global Rancang Selaras, Indonesia.

  • Dec 2007 – Aug 2009 Architectural Designer and Urban Designers

    Development Design Group Incorporated, Baltimore – USA. Associate.

  • Oct 2003 – Aug 2006 Design Architect and Project Coordinator

    PT. Airmas Asri, Jakarta – Indonesia.

  • Oct 2002 – Sept 2003 In-house Architect, Urban Designer and Project Evaluator

    PT. Pembangunan Deltamas; Jakarta – Indonesia.

  • Sept 2000 – Sept 2002 Architectural Assistant

    DP Architect, Singapore.

Year Experience

The Department Of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning (ASRO) Ku Leuven - Belgium:

  • Postdoctoral Staff [2019]
  • Postdoctoral - Fieldwork Research Coordinator [Oct 2015 - Apr 2016]
  • Postdoctoral - Fieldwork Research Coordinator [Jan - Sept 2015]
  • PhD Researcher [Sep 2009 - Dec 2014]
  • Collaborator - Fieldwork Research Coordinator [2018 - 2019]

KAMPUNGNESIA – The Department Of Sociology, The University Of Sebelas Maret (UNS), Indonesia:

  • Research Collaborator [Aug 2018 - Jul 2019]

Laboratiorium Perencanaan Dan Perancangan Lingkungan (LPPK), The University Of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia:

  • Principal Researcher [Oct 2016 - Feb 2017 ]

Habitus Platform Initiative - Independent Research and Urban Advocacy Group, Indonesia:

  • Principal Researcher [Apr - Aug 2016]

INTERNATIONAL PEER-REVIEW JOURNALS, BOOK CHAPTERS, PROCEEDINGS:

  • (2018) Susilo, Cynthia and De Meulder, Bruno. “The Boulevard Commercial Project of Manado, Indonesia: Trickled-down Globalization Versus a Catalyzed Super Local” in Acculturating the Shopping Centres, pp. 147-163, ed. Tom Avermate, Janina Gosseye and Bruno De Meulder, (Oxon: Routledge). ISBN-10: 1472485041. ISBN-13: 978-1472485045. https://www.routledge.com/Acculturating-the-Shopping-Centre/Gosseye-Avermaete/p/book/9781472485045
  • (2018) Susilo, Cynthia and De Meulder, Bruno. “Surviving Existence through a Built Form: The Advent of the Daseng Sario. The Production of a Community’s Collective Space of Resistance at the Boulevard Commercial Project in Manado – Indonesia” in Cities in Asia By and For the People, pp. 283-312, ed. Mike Douglass, Yves Cabannes and Rita Padawangi, (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press). ISBN: 9789462985223. E-ISBN: 978 90 4853 625 2. https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789462985223/cities-in-asia-by-and-for-the-people
  • (2016) Susilo, Cynthia and De Meulder, Bruno. “The Production of a Community’s Collective Space of Resistance at the Boulevard Commercial Project in Manado – Indonesia.” In Social Poetics. The Architecture of Use and Appropriation, OASE #96, Journal for Architecture, pp. 106-113, (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers). ISSN 0169-6238, ISBN 978-94-6208-280-9 https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/96/TrickleDownGlobalisation VersusSupralocalCollectiveSpace#106
  • (2015) Susilo, Cynthia and De Meulder, Bruno. “The Boulevard Commercial Project of Manado, Indonesia” In The Shopping Centre 1943 – 2013. The Rise and Demise of a Ubiquitous Collective Architecture,” pp. 41-55, (Delft: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment). ISBN 978-94-6186-467-3.
  • (2014) Susilo, Cynthia. “Investigating the Dynamics of the Outdoor Space of the Megamas in the Boulevard Commercial Project, Manado – Indonesia.” Urbanism after Urbanism. VII International Phd Seminar Urbanism & Urbanization, School of Architecture ENSA Paris-Malaquais. ISBN 978-2-9546057-0-. http://urbanism-urbanization2013.blogspot.com/2014/04/program.html

PEER-REVIEW PROCEEDINGS:
  • (2018) Setiadi, Amos and Susilo, Cynthia. “The Influence of Politic in the Transformation of River Urbanism of Banjarmasin.” Proceeding of Sentarum 2018 National Seminar, Department of Architecture – Pontianak State Polytechnic, Pontianak. ISBN 978-602-52826-0-7
  • (2018) Wanabhakti, Maximillian; Susilo Cynthia, Nathania, Monica and Putri, Chrispina. “Unravelling the impact of Built-Environmental Self-Modification of the Local Inhabitants in Their Attempt to Reduce the Urban Flood Impact in Grogol, Sukoharjo.” Proceeding of 4th Planocosmo International Conference: Transforming Beyond Borders, Starting the New Urban Agenda, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung. May 2018 IOP Conference Series Earth and Environmental Science 158(1):012038. DOI: 10.1088/1755-1315/158/1/012038

NON-SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION:
  • (2017) Susilo, Cynthia Ratih. “Rethinking Urban Kampong Redevelopment in Climate Change Era” in ARCAKA #8, ed. Mar 2017, Popular Architecture Magazine, p. 71-73. Yogyakarta: Biro Penulisan HIMA Tricaka.

ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION – WAITING TO BE PUBLISHED:
  • (2019) Andriessen, Annouck; Susilo, Cynthia and Paidakaki, Angeliki. “How can architects enhance resilience? Scrutinizing the multifaceted role of architects in diversely governed post-disaster reconstruction projects.” in Martins: Enhancing Disaster Preparedness. Elsevier.
  • (2019) Susilo, Cynthia. “Tracing The Influence of Political Economic Changes on the Transformation of River-base Urbanism in Banjarmasin, Indonesia” in Water- Base Urban Culture in Indonesia. Ed. Amos Setiadi. Yogyakarta: Andi Publisher.
  • (2019) Ndoen, Rhodys and Susilo, Cynthia. “The Production and Construction of Urban Solid in Railway Urban Settlement of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.” Journal Ikatan Peneliti Lingkungan Binaan (IPLBI), Indonesia.
  • (2019) Susilo, Cynthia. “City Profile: Manado.” Cities. Elsevier.
  • (2019) Susilo, Cynthia. “This Popular ‘Public’ Open Space is Impromptu Collective Space. Every day Public Activities at the outdoor vacant space of the Boulevard Commercial Project of Manado, Indonesia.” Places Journal.
  • (2019) Susilo, Cynthia. “The Boulevard Commercial Project Manado. From A Product of ‘Equal Distribution of Development’ to the Reinvention of Manado, Indonesia.” Journal of Urban History. SAGE.

Conference & Seminars with Presented Paper/Poster:
  • (2019) “Stay or Move: Post-Flooding Life Adaptation in Surakarta (Solo), Indonesia.” 6th International World Urbanisms Seminar, University of Leuven, Belgium, 24-29 June, 2019. Working Paper Presentation
  • (2018) “The Influence of Politic in the Transformation of River Urbanism of Banjarmasin.” Sentarum 2018 National Seminar, Department of Architecture – Pontianak State Polytechnic, Pontianak, 10 November, 2018. Long paper presentation.
  • (2018) “The Development of Educational Facilities as the Growth Trigger of Urban Infrastructure in the Fringe Area of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.” Spaces and Flows: International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies, Marsilius Kolleg – Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, 25-26 October, 2018. Long paper presentation.
  • (2018) “Unravelling the impact of Built-Environmental Self-Modification of the Local Inhabitants in Their Attempt to Reduce the Urban Flood Impact in Grogol, Sukoharjo.” 4th Planocosmo International Conference: Transforming Beyond Borders, Starting the New Urban Agenda, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, 2-4 April, 2018. Long paper presentation.
  • (2015) “The Boulevard Commercial Project of Manado.” The 'Shopping Centre, 1943-2013' Conference, TU Delft. 11-12 June 2015. Long paper presentation.
  • (2015) “Surviving Existence of the Sario Fishermen in Manado, Indonesia.” Alternative Urban Spaces: Cities by and for the People. National University Singapore, Singapore. 27-28 April 2015. Long paper presentation.
  • (2013) “Investigating the Dynamics of the Outdoor Space of the Megamas in the Boulevard Commercial Project, Manado – Indonesia.” Urbanism after Urbanism. VII International Phd Seminar Urbanism & Urbanization, School of Architecture ENSA Paris-Malaquais. 3-5 October 2013. Long paper presentation.
  • (2013) “Resistance through a Built Form: A Resistance Strategy of the Sario Fishermen to the Boulevard Commercial Project Manado – Indonesia.” 7th EUROSEAS Conference 2013, Lisbon 2-5 July 2013. Panel 72: Transforming Southeast Asian Cities: A View from the Grassroots. Long paper presentation.
  • (2011) Interdisciplinary Debates on Development and Cultures (CADES). Images of the City. Cases of Manado Indonesia. KU Leuven, Leuven. 21 December 2011. Paper presentation and debate.
  • (2011) “Commercial Mega Project in Urban (Traditional) Manado.” XII N-AERUS Conference ‘La Ciudad a Escala Humana / The City at Human Scale’, Madrid 20-22 October 2011. Long paper presentation.
  • (2009) “Investigating the Impact of Commercial Mega Project in Secondary City of Indonesia.” Joint Doctoral Seminars 17, Antwerp 11 December 2009. (Forum of Belgium Doctoral Seminars). Poster and short paper Presentation.

Year Experience

The Department Of Sociology, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS), Surakarta - Indonesia (Part-Time Lecturer):

  • (Aug 2019 - Present) Urban and Rural Sociology (Co-Lecturer and Fieldwork Mentor)
  • (Aug 2018 - Mar 2019) Urban Sociology (Co-Lecturer and Fieldwork Mentor)

The Department Of Architecture, Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, Indonesia:

  • (Aug 2016 - Jan 2019) Practical Built-Environmental Research Fieldwork (Supervisor/Mentor)
  • (Aug 2016 - Jan 2018) The History of Cities and Urbanisms (Lecturer)

The Postgraduate Program:

  • (Feb 2016) Ecological City and Architecture (Lecturer).
  • (Feb 2016) Urban System and Physical Environment of the City (Lecturer)
  • (Feb 2016) The Management of Urban Design and Architectural Offices (Lecturer)
  • (Sept 2017–Feb 2018) Master students’ journal publication (Mentor)
  • (Feb – Aug 2017) Final Master Thesis (Supervisor & Assessor)

The Department Of Architecture, Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta, Indonesia:

  • (Feb – Aug 2016) Studio Design Architecture 2 (Lecturer & Mentor)

The MAHS-MAUSP Postgraduate Program Of The Faculty Of Architecture, Ku Leuven, Belgium:

  • (Feb-Sept 2019) Bindi Raditya Purnama. “Climate Change: Urban Deltas & Islands. Ciliwung Delta” Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • (Feb-Sept 2019) Lauren Overlaet. “Investigating the Role of Community Architects in Post- Disaster Settlement Recovery.” Lombok, Indonesia.
  • (Feb-Sept 2019) Diana Zerlina. “Rethinking Public Space Development in Jakarta: The Meaning of Public Space in Diverse Communities.” Jakarta, Indonesia
  • (Apr-Sept 2018) Anouck Andriessen. “What role(s) do Architects Play in Building Resilience in Post Disaster Situation? Uncovering the Multifacetness of the Post Disaster Resilience Architect.” Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • (May-Sept 2017) Anastasia Widyaningsih. “Community Responses to Displacement Threats in Flood-Prone Areas: The Case of Ciliwung River, Jakarta.”
  • (Aug 2015-Sept 2016) Louise Goegebeur and Geraldine Welvaert. “The Use of Space of the Tambak Lorok Poor Fishing Community, Semarang – Indonesia.”
  • (Dec 2013-Sept 2014) Kezia Dewi. “Assessing the Vertical Social Housing Program for the Poor Fishing Communities of Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta – Indonesia.”
  • (Apr 2010-Jan 2011) Aryani Sari Rahmanti. “Investigating the Residual Spaces of Jakarta, Indonesia.”
  • (Aug 2010-Jul 2011) Lore Desmet and Lore Verrecht. “The Impact of the Boulevard Commercial Project to Manado, Indonesia.”
  • (Dec 2009-Sept 2010) Irma Amelia. “The Transformation of Pubic Space of Bandung: The case study of the Alun-Alun Bandung.”
  • (Feb-Jun 2015) The postgraduate studio urban region on Water Urbanism of Banjarmasin, Indonesia.
  • (Apr 2015) Delivering lecture sessions on the course of Colonial and Postcolonial Urbanisms: the Influence of Globalization to the Postcolonial Urbanization of the secondary cities of the South.
  • (May 2014) Delivering lecture sessions on the course of Theory and Practices in Urbanisms since 1945: The Urban Project without Urbanism in Indonesia.

The Undergraduate Program Of The Department Of Architecture Engineering, University Of Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia:

  • (Sep 1997 – Jul 1998) Studio of Architectural Design Technology 3 and 4 (Assistant Lecturer & Mentor)


Experience


“Adaptation, Localisation and Appropriation in Postcolonial Cities of the Developing Country on Public Space Transformation in a Secondary City in Indonesia.” University of Leuven, 30 May 2019. Invited Guest Lecture in Colonial and Postcolonial Urbanisms end-semester closing.

“Conducting International Joint Research in Architecture and Human Settlements.” The 1st Annual Inter-university Research Week, University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, 11-12 June 2017. Invited Speaker.

“Beyond an Aesthetic Image: the Influence and the role of Architecture in Indonesian Urbanity.” The Postgraduate Program and the Doctoral Program in Architecture, University of Diponegoro, May 2016. Invited Guest Lecture.

“The Impact of Commercial Megaproject in Eastern Indonesian city.” The Postgraduate and Doctoral Program of the Department of Architecture and Planning, University of Gadjah Mada, March 2013, Invited Guest Lecture.

“Learning from the North: Various Practices on Urban-Scale Architectural Project and their Influences to the cities.” The Undergraduate Program of the Department of Architecture and Planning, University of Gadjah Mada, March 2013, Invited Guest Lecture.

“The Impact of Architecture and Designer’s Practices on the Image of the City.” The Undergraduate Program of the Department of Architecture and Planning, Sam Ratulangi University, August 2010. Invited Guest Lecture.


Experience


Global Minds Research Fellowships - Postdoctoral Research Stay - Belgium.

Space and Flows: International Conference on Urban and Extra Urban Studies, Conference Travel Grants, Marsillius Kolleg, Heidelberg University - Germany.

UAJY Short-term Interdisciplinary Research Funding Internal Competition – Indonesia.

Alternative Urban Spaces: Cities by and for the People, Conference Travel Grants, National University Singapore - Singapore.

7th EUROSEAS Conference - Transforming Southeast Asian Cities: A View from the Grassroots. Conference Travel Grants, Lisbon University – Portugal.

Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation (IRO) Doctoral Scholarships Programme - Belgium.

VLIR-International Master Programme (ICP) Scholarships Postgraduate Advanced Master Scholarships - Belgium.

Dikti Scholarships for distinctive undergraduate student - Indonesia.

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