Country, Culture, Community

Country, Culture, Community

Country, Culture, Community 2024

10 Formal CPD Points

Dates: 14 - 16 February 2024
Location: nipaluna (Hobart) Menzies Lecture Theatre



Following the success of the Institute's First Nations Competency Crash Course webinar series, which attracted over 700 registrants, we're expanding the program into a live, in person CPD event on the 14, 15 and 16 February 2024. 

Drawing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous architects, designers, artists and thinkers from across Australia on muwinina Country, nipaluna (Hobart), this three-day event will explore practical experiences, real world learning, and realistic action plans. 

Participants will have the opportunity to gain ten (10) formal CPD points in a range of competencies including NSW mandatory topics: First Nations, Sustainability and NCC 2022.

Event Program

More details are available here Country, Culture, Community 2024 See the full list of speakers here

Provisional Program:

DAY 1 Wednesday 14 February 2024

Session time



9.00-10:00 am Welcome Ceremony - Patricia Hodge


Professor Rufus Black, Vice -Chancellor and President University of Tasmania and Catherine Anderson

Keynote: Regrounding Sustainable Architecture


Shaneen Fantin, People Oriented Design (POD) and Uncle Peter (Bumi) Hyde (gimuy walubara yidinji)

Conversation: Indigenous architecture and intercultural design


Dr Michael Mossman (kuku yalanji)  University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Keynote: Aura Country Terror Refrain: Contextualizing Storylines in Architecture



Poppy Taylor + Mat Hinds, Taylor + Hinds Architects with Rebecca Digney (palawa), The Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania

Keynote: Truth telling at Wybalenna


James Gilliland (yorta yorta), Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects and Rian Ritter-Branthwaite, Director of Aboriginal Housing Services Victoria

Bianca Scaife, Cooper Scaife Architects

Case studies: Designing a paradigm for Indigenous social housing; Architecture as interpretive device - making cultural landscape legible for all

Afternoon tea


Craig Kerslake, (wiradjuri) Nguluway DesignInc

Keynote: The Indigenous hand – Country centric narratives as vernacular expression


Michael McMahon (bundjalung), Wardle

Keynote: Linking material culture to country



Evening Welcome Function hosted by Brickworks (THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT)

Day 2 Thursday 15 February 2024

Session time




Professor Julian Worrall, University of Tasmania, Emily Paech and Sarah Rhodes

Breakfast address: Biennale showcase: Unsettling Queenstown – The future of the open archive


Marni Reti, (palawa and ngati wai)  Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

Keynote: Building with Country, Designing with Community & Compliance


Kevin O’Brien, (kuarareg and meriam) BVN

Keynote: Beyond the Façade

Morning tea


Samantha Rich, (wiradjuri) walumarra studio



Troy Casey, (kamilaroi) Blaklash Creative

Keynote: Partnering with practice - Indigenous perspectives and curatorial innovation



Aaron Roberts (Edition Office) and Daniel Boyd (kudjala, ghungalu, wanggeriburra, wakka wakka, gubbi gubbi, kuku yalanji, yuggera and bundjalung) (artist)

Simone Bliss, SBLA Studio

*Pls note Aleshia Lonsdale has had to withdraw.

Case studies: Artist-architect collaboration; Bendigo Kangan Place - Landscaping with Country

Afternoon tea


Sarah Lynn Rees,(palawa) Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Keynote: Indigenous-Led Social Change: Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity


Jefa Greenaway,  (wailan, kamilaroi) Greenaway Architects

Keynote:Biennale showcase: Process and journey – speaking to identity and culture though architecture



Evening Welcome Function – Dark Sky Event at Tasmania Chapter Office, Australian Institute of Architects

Day 3 Friday 16 February 2024

Registrants for Bruny Island arrive 8am SHARP - Buses leave 8:30am (latest)from 1/19A Hunter Street HOBART
Full Day Tour Bruny Island (Early Bird ticket holders only) visiting Murrayfield Station a 4,100 hectare coastal property independently controlled by the weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation.
Ferry returns 3/ 3:30 (subject to availability) aim to be in Hobart by 4pm

Standard ticket holders - Walking Tour Hobart (partner tickets available)
Commence 9am from from 1/19A Hunter Street HOBART (45 minutes, half hour cultural activity)
Program close 11:30am

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Define in practical terms key concepts including connecting with Country, designing with Country, and engaging with Community
  • Identify key elements of successful approaches to intercultural design and artist collaboration
  • Describe features of effective consultation and engagement with First Peoples
  • Balance community needs and expectations with regulations and requirements such as the NCC
  • Incorporate environment-aware, eco-sensitive lighting principles into placemaking
  • Recognise gaps in knowledge and skills required to meet NSCA 2021, and devise a plan for upskilling
  • Demonstrate awareness of resources for learning about First Nations cultures, community, heritage
  • Explain protocols for engagement through the project development and delivery phases
  • Identify factors for evaluating material and fitting selections etc in terms of significance and impact for Country
  • Use resources for researching Indigenous heritage and culture and identifying custodians of culture and knowledge

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This event program will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

1.3 Assessment of project budget and timeframe against project requirements and objectives..

2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project.
2.6 Preparation and analysis of project development options in response to project brief. 

3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose. 
3.2 Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical evaluation in formulating design options
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.

9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect. 

NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This event program will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Practice Management and Professional Conduct
PC 1
Comply with the regulatory requirements and obligations pertaining to practice as an architect, including legislation, professional codes of conduct, obligations for continuing professional development and professional indemnity insurance. 
PC 3 Apply principles of project planning, considering implications for Country, environmental sustainability, communities, stakeholders and project costs. 
PC 8 Be able to implement culturally responsive and meaningful engagement processes that respect the importance of Country and reciprocal relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across architectural services.

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design
PC 17
Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ aspirations to care for Country and how these inform architectural design. 
PC 20 Be able to assess project budget and timeframe against project requirements and objectives, relevant legislation, statutory planning requirements, building codes and standards. 
PC 24 Be able to prepare and analyse project development options in response to a project brief – its objectives, budget, user intent and built purpose, risk and timeframes, including environmental sustainability considerations. 
PC 27 Understand how to embed the knowledge, worldviews and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, shared through engagement processes, into the conceptual design in a meaningful, respectful and appropriate way. 
PC 29 Be able to develop and evaluate design options in terms of the heritage, cultural and community values embodied in the site, and in relation to project requirements. 
PC 30 Be able to explore options for siting a project, including integrating information and analysis of relevant cultural, social and economic factors. 
PC 34 Communicate conceptual design proposals and associated information to client, stakeholders and communities using appropriate and culturally responsive methods appropriate to different audiences.

Detailed Design and Construction Documentation
PC 36
Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, emergent knowledge, critical evaluation and continued engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to produce a coherent project design. This should be resolved in terms of supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for Country, site planning, formal composition, spatial planning and circulation as appropriate to the project brief and all other factors affecting the project.
PC 41 Be able to coordinate and integrate input from specialists and consultants into the detailed design and documentation. 
PC 45 Be able to nominate and integrate quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings, components and systems, considering the impact on Country and the environment, and the whole life carbon impact of the project. This includes integrating life cycle assessments and other expertise and advice from consultants.

Planning Your Experience

Your booking includes individual admission to the full two-day Program of keynote and workshop presentations (14-15 February 2024), along with each of the scheduled Activation events being the welcome reception, and Dark Sky Tasmania experience. Early Bird ticket holders will experience the Bruny Island tour 16 February 2024 (TICKET ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED). Standard ticket holders will enjoy the nipaluna (Hobart) Walking Tour on 16 February 2024.

Get In Early

ticket holders will enjoy the nipaluna (Hobart) Walking Tour on 16 February 2024.

Activation Events
In addition to the full multi-day event program, we are pleased to host three extracurricular activities. You are welcome to invite additional guests to attend these activities, for a small fee per person. These options include access to our opening night Welcome Reception, our stunning Dark Sky Tasmania Experience on the second evening of the program, and a nipaluna (Hobart) Walking Tour on the final day of our program. These additional program activities can be added to your cart as below.

Group Discount
A 10% discount is applicable for group bookings of ten (10) or more persons. Please email providing your group booking details to take advantage of this offer.

Activations and Ticket Options

Delegates are welcome to secure booking for additional guests to each of the following activations:

Welcome Reception: $50 per person (AT CAPACITY- OPTION UNAVAILABLE)
Dark Sky Tasmania Experience: $50 per person
nipaluna (Hobart) Walking Tour: $70 per person (AT CAPACITY - OPTION UNAVAILABLE)

Note that the Bruny Island Tour is limited to full event ticket holders only. We are pleased to offer the nipaluna (Hobart) Walking Tour activation as an alternative Activation for Standard ticket holders and additional guests to enjoy on Friday 16 February 2024.

Early Bird Pricing

Important notice: Early Bird Pricing has now expired as of 11 December 2023. Standard pricing applies.

Standard Pricing

Members: $1237
Non Members: $1487

EmAGN/(Graduate Members): $899
Students: $899

Students - Two-Day Keynote Program only: $300 Book here

Travel and Accommodation

We recommend early travel and accommodation bookings as MONA FOMA dates coincide.

Our partner Accommodation Link is offering discounted accommodation rates for delegates here 

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to our terms and conditions for information about refunds and cancellations. By registering for this event you are agreeing to these terms.

We thank the University of Tasmania for their support.