Educating for Designing in and Planning for Country

Introducing Built Environment Students to Indigenous Protocols and Knowledge

David Jones, Darryl Choy, Richard Tucker, Grant Revell, Scott HEYES, Susan Bird

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Increasingly, built environment professionals in Australia, including architect, landscape architect and planner practitioners, are becoming involved in planning and design of projects for, and in direct consultation with Indigenous communities and their proponents. Critically, built environment professionals must be able to plan and design, and demonstrate respect for Indigenous protocols, cultural issues and their community values. Yet many students graduate with little or no comprehension of Indigenous knowledge systems or the protocols for engagement with Australian or international Indigenous communities in which they are required to work. This paper reports on a recently completed Office of Learning & Teaching funded project that was designed to improve the knowledge and skills of tertiary students in the built environment professions including proposing strategies and processes to expose students in the built environment professions to Australian Indigenous Knowledge systems. This is a positive beginning in a long-term decolonising project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-192
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Australian Indigenous Issues
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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