A short walk to ensure long-term success of Indigenous Design Principles Project

16 March 2021

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Design Principles Project aims to address some of UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan goals to incorporate  Indigenous values and spaces in the physical and built environment.

ATSIS Unit staff recently took part in a special ‘walking interview’ with researchers on the Project.

ATSIS Unit staff recently took part in a special ‘walking interview’ with researchers on the Project.

More than a dozen staff discussed key spaces and features on St Lucia Campus, along with concepts for future improvements.

The Project outputs will guide the development of intercultural design excellence across the University’s physical estate, resulting in principles, guidelines and a handbook for architects and designers to foster inclusive and celebratory places that welcome, engage and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within UQ and the broader community. 

The Project is using an iterative consultation process to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, staff, students, alumni and community are central to the content of the project and how it will operate.

Importantly, the Project will address how UQ’s processes of building procurement, design briefing, and working with architects and designers should change.

It will also identify exemplar projects that demonstrate how good design incorporates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' needs, ideas and best-practice consultation.

Indigenous students are invited to join a St Lucia campus walk to help incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values and spaces in the physical and built environment of The University of Queensland.

Students are invited to meet at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit at 4.45pm on either Wednesday 24 March or Wednesday 31 March.

They will walk with Project researchers from 5pm until 6pm before being treated to pizza at the Pizza Café and offered a $30 Merlo’s voucher for their participation.For more information or to get involved, please email Theresa Bower or Kali Marnane at archidpp@uq.edu.au .

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