Masterclass: Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors & Nodes - Day 1

Masterclass: Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors & Nodes - Day 1

Masterclass: Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes - Day 1 Only

2 Formal CPD Points in Total 

Day One
Thursday 1 July 2021 
13:00-15:00 (AEST)

Zoom Event

The purchase of this event provides access to DAY ONE ONLY of this two part event. Day Two can be separately purchased, and both Days One and Two can be purchased in the All Sessions bundle at an overall discount of 15%. To select your preferred session bookings please follow these links:

Day One Session
Thursday 1 July 2021 
13:00-15:00 (AEST)

Day Two Session
Thursday 15 July 2021 
13:00-15:00 (AEST)

All Sessions
Thursday 1 July, and Thursday 15 July 2021 
13:00-15:00 (AEST)



This first session of an innovative two-part online course explores the proposition of introducing Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes into urban developments, with an aim of mitigating and combatting the ecological damage inflicted upon the earth by millennia of human settlement and population growth. This program will unpack the benefits and challenges attendant to this enterprise, with contributions from a range of scholars and leading practitioners. 

By delving into a number of aspects of this topic including connection to country, the biodiversity emergency, urban planning and related built environment strategies, the essentials of biophilic design, and a range of relevant case study explorations, this formal CPD course provides essential learnings for any practitioner committed to regenerative and sustainable design and a legacy of responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources. 

Part one explores the context, challenges and opportunities to address the biodiversity emergency.

Part one of this event will take place on the 1st of July 2021, from 13:00 to 15:15 AEST via Zoom, and will attract 2 Formal CPD points for registered architects.







Context and theory

Nadine Samaha


Acknowledgement of Country

Jefa Greenaway


Indigenous Connection to Country

Jefa Greenaway


Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes, and Sustainable Development Goals

Allan Rodger, Jasmine Ong, Jane Toner, and Peter Malatt








Biodiversity 101: The Biodiversity Emergency

Sarah Bekessy, Cris Hernandez, Casey Visintin, Katherine Berthon, and Dr. Kylie Soanes





This presentation is equivalent to 4 total hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:                                                                                                                                    

Design and Practice Management
1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives.
3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design.
9.1 Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.
9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

1. Outline the importance of connection and innate responsibility of caring for country 
2. Describe the Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Node beginnings, intentions, and relationship to sustainable development goals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
3. Examine how the built environment impacts on biodiversity
4. Explore through case studies how various aspects of biodiversity can be integrated into the built environment
5. List the essentials of biophilic design and creating opportunities for humans to connect to nature 

DAY ONE - Context, challenges and opportunities



Founding Director – Greenaway Architects

Jefa Greenaway of Greenaway Architects is a nationally recognised architect, academic (University of Melbourne), design advocate and a regular design commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. As a registered 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-centered design which interrogates one's own philosophical or ethical underpinning and design responsibilities. Over two decades he's also championed Indigenous-led design thinking, particularly through the International Indigenous Design Charter, as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Alliance) and sits on numerous boards that intersect with art, architecture, and cultural heritage. This year Jefa has been inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame; Qantas 100 Inspiring Australians and co and - Curator of the Australian Exhibition of the Venice Architectural Biennale 2021.




Allan Rodger is Professor Emeritus and an honorary member of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne.

Allan is an outstanding advocate, educator, and leader in the field of sustainability. He has demonstrated a longstanding visionary commitment to a sustainable future, exploring the theory and practice of sustainable futures and the corresponding sustainable architecture and built environments. This has resulted in practical outcomes, ranging from community engagement programmes through to high level policy development at local, national and international level. 

Professor Rodger has introduced to generations of students across the professional degrees, in research for masters degrees and doctoral studies, the issues raised in sustainable architecture. Many of these students have gone on to be leading advocates and practitioners in this field.




Jasmine has worked as a Landscape Architect in both the public and private sectors. She is highly regarded in the industry after having worked in London as Director of Martha Schwartz Partners where she was responsible for numerous award winning projects and for setting up the Shanghai studio.

Jasmine is a Registered Landscape Architect with experience in the UK, China and Australia in both government and private sectors. She is a Design Advisor and Senior Associate at Spiire, Melbourne, where she drives the vision, strategy and brand of the landscape studio.

Jasmine is a national director of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ (AILA) board and sits on numerous industry committees for climate action, gender equity and continuing professional development.

She is highly regarded in the industry after having worked in London as Director of Martha Schwartz Partners where she was responsible for numerous award winning projects and for setting up the Shanghai studio.

With over 18 years’ experience as a landscape architect, Jasmine has led a plethora of projects globally with world-renowned architects. She is passionate about environmental sustainability, artful landscapes and place making. Her work spans from small scale spaces to large, complex and strategic landscape planning which focuses on the creation of valuable public spaces with identity and a sense of place.



Jane Toner is an Architect, Regenerative Design Practitioner, Biophilic Design expert and Australia’s first certified Biomimicry Professional. Jane believes that the natural world holds the answers to creating innovative design solutions that are ecologically regenerative, socially just and joyous, and that the key to creating a thriving future for all life is in remembering that we are nature.



B. Arch (hons) ARBV FRAIA

Peter Malatt is a founding member of Six Degrees, widely recognised for engaging and rich design in hospitality, education, civic and housing fields. 
Six Degrees continues to develop ideas about user experience, high and low design, raw materiality, recycling and brutalism within a collective framework. 

Peter has served on a range of AIA  juries and committees.  In 2013 he was elected to National Council and served as Victorian President in 2014-15.

Further interests include family life, cooking, art and Italian scooters.



PhD Candidate, RMIT

While currently a PhD student, Cristina has over 10 years of experience working to bring together design practice and ecology through practice and research. Newly graduated as an ecologist in Mexico, she worked directly with landscape architects to apply ecological principles to the design of sustainable landscapes. She gained her master’s degree at the University of Melbourne specialising in Sustainable Cities (2014-2015) and working with the concept of Biodiversity Sensitive Design and Regenerative Design. Since then, she has coordinated education and research projects on ‘place-based development’. Her current research aims to translate ecological knowledge to support ‘place’ for both humans and non-humans to coexist. Specifically, she aspires to merge the idea of participatory design with ecology by incorporating the voice and needs of the non-humans and using this knowledge to increase the resilience of our urban areas. 



RMIT University

Sarah Bekessy leads the ICON Science research group at RMIT University which uses interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex biodiversity conservation problems. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of human behaviour in conservation and in designing cities to encourage ‘every day nature’ experiences. She co-developed the Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design protocol that has now been used by numerous developers, governments and non-government organisations to design innovative urban biodiversity strategies. She is a project leader in the National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Recovery and Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hubs.



Originally trained as an architect and urban planner, Casey Visintin has ten years of experience working in a multinational firm on large urban development and sustainable building projects. He is a LEED-accredited professional and has completed two gold-certified institutional buildings - both from the programming/schematic design phase through construction and post-occupancy evaluation. He obtained post-graduate qualifications (M. Env - Wildlife Conservation; PhD - Applied Ecology) to support his passion for biological conservation. Casey's current postdoctoral research focuses on improving biodiversity outcomes in the built environment by integrating the disciplines of architecture and ecology.  



Katherine is an urban ecologist interested promoting co-existence between people and nature in cities. Her passion for conservation biology and curiosity for understanding natural phenomena has led to a diverse research background in animal behaviour, landscape ecology, invasion biology and ecological theory. Her current PhD research focuses on how greenspace design can influence the provision of species-specific habitat requirements, with the goal of informing design guidelines for enhancing biodiversity in urban areas. 
During an internship at the International Union for Conservation in Nature in 2012, she was involved in establishing the Bangkok Biodiversity Partnership for understanding and promoting biodiversity in Bangkok city. She has since become a fervent advocate for integrating nature in the city, and much of her research career has been dedicated to understanding the biodiversity value of urban green infrastructure.



Dr. Kylie Soanes

Dr. Kylie Soanes is a conservation biologist at The University of Melbourne within the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences. Kylie's research focuses on urban biodiversity – identifying conservation opportunities, novel habitats and practical actions to save species in cities and towns. She works extensively with industry and government to develop a strong evidence base for urban biodiversity conservation, and previously led the Shared Urban Habitat Project of the National Environmental Science Program. Whether it’s helping city councils plan corridors that move animals safely through cities, or working with architects to build designer houses for one of Australia’s largest owls, Kylie is always looking for new ways to help nature thrive in urban environments.



As an architect, Nadine understands the Sense of a Place, the particular need for a context, and the integration of Biophilic Design. She established with her partner, level architekture>konstrukt 26 years ago to fulfill the need for a comprehensive interdisciplinary service that pursues sustainable built outcomes in Design and Construction. The practice's construction continuum pushes the boundaries in construction techniques and explores new methodologies. From incorporating off-site construction of steel pod modules to CLT and Glulam off-site construction. The practice completed in 2021 the construction of an autonomous house in Ceres, Geelong that achieves net-zero emissions and is carbon positive with over 2500 native trees planted so far.

As an AIA Chapter Councilor, and chair of AIA Sustainable Architecture Forum (SAF), Nadine advocates and promotes Sustainability, Regenerative Design, Beyond zero-emissions, and Carbon Sequestration. This is done through support to AIA advocacy and policies, promotion of sustainable design to architects and the public. 

As an ESD lecturer at RMIT, Nadine empowers students with Passive and Regenerative Design tools and methods to improve the future design of the built environment and to address Climate Change. 

As a researcher, Nadine collaborates with Academics and Industries to challenge the status quo of sustainable design through published papers and projects. Having won a grant in 2019 from the RMIT ECP Urban Future, Dr. Jordan Lacey and I developed a proposal for "Transforming Motorways' Noise Barriers". This project focuses on transforming the motorways' noise, reducing air pollution, and improving livability for the surrounding areas.

As a Permaculturist, and an active local resident, Nadine is involved in few local environmental groups where she works on addressing climate change to rewilding our local areas. As part of Rewilding Stonnington Group, Nadine is converting nature strips from grass planting to native planting. They will be starting this year a pocket forest in accordance with Akira Miyawaki's method in our local area. These actions among other benefits will attract pollinators, boost biodiversity, reduce the heat island effect, and sequester carbon.



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