Thursday 19 March 2020
6.00 pm – 7.30 pm


Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square
Melbourne Vic 3000
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What do our shared experiences around land and water sovereignty and their intersection with the built environment say about our future visions for Australian place? Carroll Go-Sam of the University of Queensland is joined by Sarah Lynn Rees and Dillon Kombumerri in a discussion that explores this intersection and the role architecture can play in valuing Indigenous sovereignty, narratives and histories.

This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.



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The Blak Box, commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects, designed by architect Kevin O’Brien, a principal at BVN. Photography: Barton Taylor.


Sarah Lynn Rees

Graduate of Architecture, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects

Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania.

Awarded the Charlie Perkins scholarship, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge where she produced a thesis on Indigenous housing in remote Australian communities and graduated with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design.

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Dillon Kombumerri

Principal Architect, Government Architect New South Wales

Dillon Kombumerri is a principal architect for the Government Architect NSW. Originally from Queensland, he grew up on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) and is a Yugumbir descendent from the Gold Coast. He is a strategic design thinker and social conciliator with a passion for projects that seek to improve the health, wellbeing and prosperity of indigenous communities.

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Carroll Go-Sam

Lecturer, School of Architecture – University of Queensland

Carroll Go-Sam (B. Arch. Hons) is an Indigenous graduate in architecture, and a lecturer and researcher in the School of Architecture, University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane. Carroll descends from Dyirbal bama peoples in gumbilbarra country on the Herbert and Tully Bana (Water) basins, north Queensland.

Carroll currently leads the Indigenisation of the School of Architecture curriculum, taking it to the next level.

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