Respecting Country through Design

Respecting Country through Design

Respecting Country Through Design

1 Formal CPD Point
Available On-Demand


Reconciliation between non-Indigenous and First Nations peoples of Australia is one of the most urgent challenges facing the architectural profession. Architecture is fundamentally connected to Country, and architects require competency in navigating the relationship with Indigenous lands and peoples as part of everyday practice. This CPD event hosts three speakers who offer extensive insight from the Indigenous perspective and provide guidance for practitioners on how to approach this competency in a culturally respectful way. The overarching question posed is: how can architects honour Country through design, while bringing the client along for the reconciliation journey?


Professor Paul Memmott



Madonna Thompson



Birrunga Wiradyuri



This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

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.
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.
9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout project.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise and understand the importance of reconciliation within the architectural profession
  2. Establish contact with Indigenous landowners in a culturally respectful manner
  3. Discuss how to engage Indigenous art and artists in your design practice
  4. Examine what reconciliation activities represents within a project context
  5. Explore methods of discourse to bring your client along on the journey of reconciliation


Non member $74
Member $49 
SONA Student $19

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