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Indigenous Culture and Architecture

Thu 11 Jul 12pm-2pm

Join us for presentations by Jefa Greenaway, Kim Bridgland and Dr. David O'Brien looking at different aspects of Indigenous Culture and Architecture.






Jefa Greenaway - Director, Greenaway Architects

Jefa Greenaway of Greenaway Architects is a nationally recognised architect, academic (University of Melbourne), and advocate through Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria (IADV) and a regular design commentator on ABC Radio. Over two decades he’s championed Indigenous led design, particularly through the International Indigenous Design Charter, as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Alliance). As a registered Indigenous architect in private practice in both NSW and Victoria, he seeks to reveal layers of history and memory through connections to place, demonstrating the value of people centred design which interrogates one’s own philosophical or ethical underpinning and design responsibilities. 

Kim Bridgland -  Director, Edition Office

Edition Office is an award winning architecture studio based in Melbourne, founded by Kim Bridgland and Aaron Roberts in 2016. Through the execution of its built work and research, the practice is creating an ongoing series of figures, relics, stories and relationships; all continuing a greater investigation into material, spatial and cultural practice. The studio has a great respect and admiration for a very diverse Australian landscape, and a considered awareness for the historical conflict that exists in within all its terrains. This type of thinking and understating of place and landscape as a space of conflict – fraught with its own historical, political and mythical undertones – permeates into the very centre of the work at Edition Office.



With a National debate currently taking place about the pursuit of constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians it is vitally important to also address the role of truth telling and the important role it must play in this and the broader reconciliation process. Edition Office director Kim Bridgland will discuss the role of architecture as being uniquely important in the truth telling process that has not yet taken place in this country. The recently completed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war Memorial titled ‘For Our Country', designed by Edition Office in collaboration with Kudjla and Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd at the Australian War Memorial serves to recognise and commemorate the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders who have fought to protect their country, both after and before the colonisation of the country. Continuing this ambition of advancing broader cultural and political conversations with their work, the studio was recently awarded the coveted NGV Architecture Commission with ‘In absence’, designed in collaboration with artist Yhonnie Scarce of the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples of South Australia. The project seeks to utilise the highly atmospheric pavilion to bring to light buried and unacknowledged histories as an act of truth telling in order to e¬nable steps to reconciliation with Australia’s first nations people.


Dr. David O'Brien - Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Technology, University of Melbourne

David has twenty-five years experience co-designing and managing community development projects in northern Australia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. David initiated the Bower Studio in 2007 following invitations to support health, education and culture spaces in vulnerable communities. Based in the Melbourne School of Design the Bower Studio has supported more than 30 projects and graduated 300 masters level architecture students. See www.bowerstudio.com.au


From little things….. Vulnerable communities are usually pretty clear about their needs but are rarely provided the opportunity to realise their ambitions. Bridging gaps between the expectations of financiers, designers, builders and clients is never easy. How can architecture and architectural education play a supportive role? How do we make the ….big things grow?



Chaired by:

Tanya Banagala - Graduate of Architecture, K20 Architecture and EmAGN Committee Member, Australian Institute of Architects

Tanya currently works as a Graduate of Architecture at k20 Architecture focusing on sustainable community focused design. Following 2 years in Sri Lanka, she has recently returned to Melbourne and currently sits on the EmAGN Committee.



This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (2 formal points are available).



Ticket Costs
A+ Members $70
Members $80

Non Member $120

Graduate Member - complimentary
SONA Member - complimentary

All EmAGN Members - complimentary (please see EmAGN Instagram page for discount codes)



Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street Melbourne
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



1. The Victorian Chapter has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event. 2. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise. 3. No cancellations or refunds two (2) working days prior to the event. 4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.