National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Dr Michael Tawa
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW

Reconciliation in Action:
Design Projects at Warburton Ranges, WA ­ A Collaboration between the Ngaanyatjarra Community and the University of NSW

The Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW is currently working with the Ngaanyatjarra communities at Warburton Ranges and Patjarr, Western Australia. This work involves collaborative action research and design/construct projects such as two ecotourism developments; improvements to the amenity of public community space; collaborative art workshops; and surveying, monitoring and improving the quality of private open space. All projects address the direct relationships between housing, infrastructure and community health; and aim to build capacity and self-determination through skill development, education and long term vocational and financial independence. Beyond direct and long-term community benefits, these projects also make possible important educational experiences for the non-indigenous students who represent tomorrow,s mainstream practitioners.

This paper will provide an overview of several current projects; reflect on their educational implications for Indigenous communities, UNSW staff and students; and outline their educational merit in terms of the conference themes of reconciliation, and the mutual benefits of acknowledging and working with cultural difference.

Dr Michael Tawa is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW. He is working on several collaborative research and design projects with the Ngaanyatjarra communities of Western Australia, and developing a Built Environment Professional Program to increase access to built environment education for Indigenous students.

Presentation Type
30 min Paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Papers & Workshops