How do Oceanic conceptions of space shape architecture and culture? Join Parlour and the University of Queensland for conversations with Karamia Müller and Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei at Melbourne Design Week and Brisbane’s Asia Pacific Architecture Festival.

How do Oceanic conceptions of space influence architecture, urbanism and culture? How do flows of ideas, materials, finance and technologies shape Pacific built environments? How is the Pacific diaspora investigating and investing in Pacific futures? Come along to hear Karamia Müller and Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei in lively discussions of Pacific architecture, urbanism and Oceanic spatial concepts.

Dr Karamia Müller (right) is a Pacific scholar and feminist. A lecturer at the University of Auckland, her research focuses on the Indigenisation of design methodologies with a focus on Pacific spatialities for Pacific Diaspora. Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei (left) is passionate about Pacific architecture – its research, design and related practice. She is Discipline Lead for Kramer Ausenco’s regional offices in Australia and the South Western Pacific Islands.


Melbourne Design Week

6–8pm Wednesday, 18 March 2020

City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Flagstaff Gardens
West Melbourne

Tickets: $10 or $5 concession

Asia Pacific Architecture Festival, Brisbane

6–8pm Thursday, 19 March 2020

Brickworks Design Studio
27 James St
Fortitude Valley
Qld 4006

This is a free event thanks to Brickworks, but numbers are limited – RSVP now!


Our speakers

Dr Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei is passionate about Pacific Architecture – its research, its design and its related practices. She descends from the villages of Tatakamōtonga and Houma in the Kingdom of Tonga, and is a proud NZ-born Pacific Islander. As a registered architect, Charmaine has practised architecture in Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia for over ten years. Charmaine is currently Discipline Lead for Kramer Ausenco’s regional offices located in Australia and the South Western Pacific Islands. As a Project Architect for Kramer Ausenco, she has worked on commercial, educational, healthcare, multi-residential, transport and industrial projects located in the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

In 2016, Charmaine completed her PhD at the University of Queensland on the study of architectural transformations of domestic environments in Tonga from the 1940s until the early 2000s. Charmaine has sessional teaching experience in Auckland and Brisbane and she contributes to academia as an expert reviewer for research theses about Pacific Architecture and peer reviewer for SAHANZ, Fabrications, and Interstices papers.

Dr Karamia Müller is a Pacific scholar and feminist specialising in Pacific space concepts. Her current research specialises in the Indigenisation of design methodologies with a focus on Pacific spatialities for Pacific Diaspora. She has recently completed her doctorate, having completed an Honours undergraduate and Masters (research) degree in architecture. Her present research interests include contemporary Pacific architecture and art, women’s architectural and art production in the Oceanic region, and the use of social media and other online digital technologies by Oceanic peoples in the creation of digital space. In particular, she is interested in how these disciplines constitute and inform the lived experiences of Oceanic Diaspora. In her work she has argued that that those who are invested in the future of the Pacific are those more likely to be explorative in their research and approach.


These events are presented as a partnership between Parlour and the University of Queensland. They are supported by Parlour Partners AWS and Brickworks. The Melbourne event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV. The Brisbane event is part of the Asia Pacific Architecture Festival.