The Melbourne School of Design aims to grow our relationships with the Indigenous Australian community through our research projects, alumni networks and teaching offerings.
The Faculty is currently working on an exciting range of projects and research initiatives that aim to re-think our approach to collaborative-led design and building with Aboriginal communities, and alternative ways that indigenous landscapes can be thoughtfully experienced and managed.
Seacombe West – Australia’s First Regenerative Community
The Seacombe West site is significantly degraded as a result of salt water entering the Gippsland Lakes system in the late 1800s.
Wave Hill Walk Off Trail
The Wave Hill Walk Off Route is a National Heritage Listed site that is associated with the events that took place in 1966 -1975 which saw the Indigenous Gurindji people, led by Vincent Lingiari, take a stand against oppressive working conditions and maltreatment.
Amoonguna Transport Facilities
Shaping new community aspirations and furthering design capability
Bellary Springs Community Centre
Partnering with communities to develop solutions
Meet some of MSD’s Indigenous alumni and learn about their achievements and interests beyond their design studies.
Leaving behind a childhood ambition to enter politics, Jefa Greenaway discovered a love of design and architecture in his 20s. After obtaining a Diploma in Architectural Drafting at La Trobe, Jefa studied architecture at Melbourne University and went on to be the first Indigenous Architect to be registered in Victoria.
Sarah Lynn Rees
Sarah is a Plangermaireener woman from Hobart, Tasmania. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 with a Bachelor of Environments (architecture major) and is the first architecture student to be accepted into the Charlie Perkins Scholar program, where she is currently completing an MPhil in Architecture at the University of Cambridge, England.
Timmah is a Ballardong Noongar woman who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning. Prior to studying her Masters, Timmah completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts also at the University of Melbourne.
Linda Kennedy is a Dharawal woman from Wollongong, NSW. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Architecture at the University of Melbourne, having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales
Are you a current Indigenous student in the Faculty?
Check out some of the support services available to you at the University of Melbourne.