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Indigenous Place

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. We see the building of a vibrant research culture into the knowledge of indigenous place as a potentially transformative path forward in Australia.



  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led Design
  • Building in Remote Communities
  • Indigenous Heritage and Tourism
  • Indigenous Housing


Selected Projects

Amoonguna Transport Facilities

The Bower Studio team of academics, architects, builders and students collaborated with the MacDonnell Regional Council’s Civil Works team from Amoonguna to build and landscape a taxi/bus pavilion at the entrance to the community.

Bellary Springs Community Centre

This collaboration between the University of Melbourne (Bower Studio), Gumula Aboriginal Corporation and the Bellary Springs (Western Australia) community members resulted in the development of the Bellary Springs Community Centre.

Belyuen Community Project

This Bower Studio project involved students working alongside residents of the Belyuen Community (Northern Territory) to construct a sheltered outdoor living area/kitchen for an Indigenous family.

Indigenous Placemaking in Central Melbourne: Representations, Practices and Creative Research

This project involves research towards creating a Victorian Indigenous Cultural Education and Knowledge Centre in Melbourne.

Landscape Assessment and Analysis of the Cooper Creek Catchment

A cultural landscape assessment and analysis project in the arid lands of central South Australia.

Seacombe West – Australia’s First Regenerative Community

This project will apply regenerative design processes to return biodiversity, vibrancy and ongoing benefits to Lake Wellington and surrounding lands.

Wave Hill Walk Off Trail

This project aims to commemorate and educate about the events of 1966 - 1975 which saw the indigenous Gurindji people take a stand against oppressive working conditions and maltreatment at Wave Hill. The first project phase involved the design and construction of three ‘bough shelters’ along this Natural Heritage Listed trail.



Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture
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Room 427

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Senior Lecturer
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Room 403

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Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture
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Room 337

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Early Career Academic in Construction Management and Housing
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Room 429

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Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design and Practice
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Room 420

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Senior Lecturer
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Room 346

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Associate Professor in Architecture
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Room 339

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture
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Room 420

Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)