Reconciliation Conversations 2022

Reconciliation Conversations 2022

Reconciliation Conversations 2022

3 Formal CPD Points

Date: Thursday 2 June 2022
Time: 9am-5pm 
Location: Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Darlington NSW 2008
CPD: 3 Formal CPD points

Image: Kimberwalli | 2021 Reconciliation Prize Winner | BVN | Photographer: Barton Taylor




The Institute has a steadfast commitment in participating in National Reconciliation Week and we are proud to present our event Reconciliation Conversations 2022. We are aware that reconciliation must be embodied both in our psyche and actions, and through this will help support our country by culminating relationships of mutual respect and goodwill between the Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The theme for this year “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all individuals to face the unresolved issue of reconciliation. We implore everyone to be brave and incorporate vital actions in their daily routine so that we can make change for current and future generations.


Learning Outcomes


At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Appraise and understand the importance of reconciliation within the architectural profession
  2. Identify education, legislation and policy drivers shaping how architects engage within this space 
  3. Critically examine everyday practice for opportunities to integrate reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness   
  4. Examine approaches to engagement and reconciliation as applied in real world  project contexts 
  5. Promote good design principles that require sustainable management of built and cultural heritage, including Aboriginal cultural heritage 
  6. Explore ways of moving beyond Aboriginal heritage conservation to a deeper engagement with values  Discuss the type, intended outcomes and arising issues of Aboriginal heritage reforms under consideration by the NSW government  Understand and evaluate submissions prepared for the Environment and Heritage NSW through interpretation, context and consultation  Demonstrate awareness of guides prepared by landscape architects essential to a sensitive and appropriate approach to land and Indigenous culture  
  7. Generate and evaluate principles in the built environment that embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander narratives 
  8. Describe 2021 NSCA updates relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the built environment.

2021 NSCA Performance Criteria

    This presentation is equivalent to 3 hours/points of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:


    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.   
    PC 15 Comply with legal and ethical obligations relating to legislated requirements in relation to copyright, moral rights, authorship of cultural knowledge and intellectual property requirements across architectural services.    

    PC 17 Have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ aspirations to care for Country and how these inform architectural design. 
    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 34 Communicate conceptual design proposals and associated information to client, stakeholders and communities using appropriate and culturally responsive methods appropriate to different audiences. 
    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 50 Be able to continue engagement with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples throughout all stages of the project and its delivery in a meaningful, respectful and appropriate way. 


Jefa Greenaway RAIA MDIA (Wailwan | Kamilaroi) 

Founder & Director, Greenaway Architects AUS

Jefa Greenaway is founding Director of Greenaway Architects, a Senior Lecturer (University of Melbourne)/Honorary Fellow of Design (Deakin University), a Member of the AIA National Cultural Reference Panel and a AILA National Cultural Ambassador. He’s championed Indigenous led design thinking for 30 years as a registered architect in NSW/VIC, as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria, as co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter, and as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Network). His practice is a founding signatory of Architects Declare Australia, he is co-curator of the Australian exhibition at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2020/21 and was recently included in the Qantas 100 Inspiring Australians and was a 2020 inductee into the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) ‘Hall of Fame’ signifying an outstanding contribution to Australian design.



David Kaunitz

Director, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture

David Kaunitz is focused on facilitating high quality architecture in some of the most disadvantaged communities and First Nations People in Australian and Asia – Pacific. Underlying this is a deep commitment to participatory design and local construction. He has developed a new paradigm that shows high quality, international award-winning architecture is not a matter of cost, but of commitment. All Kaunitz Yeung Architecture’s work has been delivered within the same funding and time constraints as other similar projects. This has reset the benchmark of what is possible and highlighted that high quality, change making architecture does not need to be a luxury item. They have a significant body of award-winning architecture and have worked in more than 40 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island communities, 200 Pacific Island communities as well as in Asia. This includes prestigious awards such as the Union of International Architects, Vassilis Sgoutas Prize for Implementing Architecture Serving the Impoverished. David’s commitment to utilizing architecture for the improvement of underprivileged communities and people extends well beyond project delivery. It includes advocacy, teaching, lecturing, pro bono work and an unwavering commitment to innovation particularly with regards to sustainability.



Zoe Sims

First Nations Impact Specialist, Koskela

Zoe Sims is a proud Koori woman with a passion for social impact. Zoe is the First Nations Impact Specialist at Koskela - a Sydney design house located on Cammeraygal Country. Zoe works with Koskela's design and production teams to help deliver meaningful, culturally appropriate outcomes for clients, companies and institutions. Within Koskela, Zoe's role is to champion on-going cultural competence programs and lead their Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Zoe has a Bachelor of Ancient History and is currently completing a Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership.



Tristan Wong

Director, SJB

Tristan Wong began working at SJB in Melbourne in 2011, and was appointed as director at SJB in 2016. Tristan has a strong interest and skill in creating innovative design solutions in collaboration with his clients, working on a number of award winning residential and commercial projects during his time at SJB. Tristan was also appointed as co-creative director for the Australian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Biennale, where he developed an inspiring response to the theme of ‘how will we live together?’ surrounding the concept of culturally responsive design and Indigeneity in Australia the Indo Pacific Region. Prior to his role at SJB, Tristan completed a Bachelor of Planning and Design and a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2006. During his studies Tristan worked at various architecture practices including Hassell, Bates Smart and Greg Burgess.



Michael Mossman,

Yarrabah Community and Burri Gummin Housing Studio, The University of Sydney

Michael Mossman is a Kuku Yalanji man, born and raised in Cairns on Yidinji Country. He now lives and works on Gadigal land and is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning where he has just been awarded his doctor of philosophy with the topic of his thesis: Third Space, Architecture and Indigeneity. He is also a registered architect who champions Country and First Nations cultures as agents for structural change in the broader architectural profession at educational, practice and policy levels. Michael is currently in his second year of his PhD in Architecture and will utilise his experiences as the basis of his topic, 'Factors affecting designed environments: acculturating settings, Indigenous cultural narratives and spaces of engagement', an investigation into the influential and enriching role Indigenous narratives can play in the architectural design process. This dissertation will explore perceptions of the designed environment through community-focused Indigenous research frameworks when engaging and collaborating with broader non-Indigenous contexts. His previous position at the NSW Government Architect's Office focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of architectural projects. Projects ranged from Indigenous specific community hubs to large scale projects such as new schools. Michael consistently achieves positive outcomes through careful consideration of issues based upon Client expectations and establishing a strong rapport with all project stakeholders. He has expertise in Project Briefing, Indigenous Design, 3D BIM programs, Consultation, Detailed Design development, Contract documentation, Tendering and Construction Involvement. With a passion of architecture, Michael constantly strives for new professional challenges and opportunities to further develop his architectural skills, and pass on a quality knowledge base to communities, colleagues and prospective new engagements.




$150 Members
$240 Non-members

Ticket included: 3 formal CPD points, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea




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