Get along to the Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria Cultural Competency workshop! Melbourne, Friday, 15 April.

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IADV is a fantastic organisation that “aims to develop future Indigenous leaders in the design profession and to encourage the integration of Indigenous design thinking into professional practice”. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, examples of Indigenous placemaking strategies, relevant legislation and understanding cultural protocols.

The workshop will focus on content relevant to architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and planners. It will include overview sessions on the following topics:

Traditional Aboriginal culture, including:

  • Welcome to Country ceremonies
  • The diversity of culture across the country
  • Importance of stories, art, dance and music
  • Examples of cultural heritage that can be found in the landscape today

Past government polices that have affected Aboriginal people, and how these still affect people today, including:

  • Victorian Aborigines Protection Act
  • Missions and Reserves
  • Stolen Generations
  • Mabo Native Title decision
  • Paul Keating’s Redfern Address
  • The Apology

Key Aboriginal people from the past and today, including:

  • Activists
  • Sportspeople
  • Musicians
  • Actors
  • Academics
  • Indigenous architecture and design issues

Understanding what is “Indigenous Architecture”

  • Overview of past and current examples
  • The role architecture and design can play in Cultural Heritage Management
  • Detailed look at the Aboriginal Heritage Act

Statistics affecting Aboriginal people today, including:

  • The “Close the Gap” initiative
  • Rural, remote and urban differences
  • Cultural protocols, including:
  • appropriate terminology to use
  • key terms that should be avoided
  • what sort of questions are appropriate and inappropriate
  • correct use of acronyms and spelling

The content is delivered in a variety of different methods, including creative and interactive activities, reflective group discussions and multi-media presentations.


Level 2, Australian Institute of Architects
41 Exhibition Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


10 am – 4 pm, Friday, 15 April, 2016


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