There is a recognition that the built environment professions are increasingly working and engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities and hence need graduates to possess skills and knowledge that will allow them to function effectively in these roles. Universities and the professions, through their accrediting institutes, have committed to improving this situation. However, in professionally accredited built environment (architecture, landscape architecture and planning) education, there is little evidence of this commitment being met. This project aims to address this need. The project involves Indigenous academics and their networks and draws on Indigenous leadership and excellence in Indigenous higher education.
To address the identified challenge, this project aimed to develop resources that:
• Involve Indigenous academics and communities in university learning and research in the built environment;
• Expose students and educators in the built environment professions to Australian Indigenous knowledges and cultural systems and the protocols for engaging with indigenous Australians about their rights, interests, needs and aspirations; and
• Enhance student and academic comprehension, appreciation and respect for Indigenous protocols and processes.
Pictures courtesy of Grant Revell
Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.