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Our Voices

The DE-Colonial Project
An open conference examining the relationship between indigeneity and the built environment

The conference will be led by Indigenous voices from Turtle Island (Canada and the USA), Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia.

Event details

Dates: July 4-6, 2019
Venue: The School of Architecture, Design and Planning,The University of Sydney, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Rd, Darlington, NSW 2008
Registration: $300 for non-presenting attendees; Elders, students and presenters free

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About the conference

The conference will explore themes presented in the publication, Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture and forthcoming publication, Our Voices II: The De-colonial Project. 

The collections are an exciting advance in the field of architecture, offering multiple indigenous perspectives on architecture and design theory and practice. Indigenous authors from Aotearoa NZ, Canada, Australia, and the USA explore the making and keeping of places and spaces which are informed by indigenous values and identities.

Our Voices II: The De-colonial Project continues the wholly indigenous authorship with an expanded editorial group from three continents including Rau Hoskins from Unitec, Michael Mossman from the University of Sydney, and Dr David Fortin from Laurentian University.

The lack of publications to date offering an indigenous lens on the field of architecture belies the rich expertise found in indigenous communities in all four countries. This expertise is made richer by the fact that this indigenous expertise combines both architecture and design professional practice, that for the most part is informed by Western thought and practice, with a frame of reference that roots this architecture in the indigenous places in which it sits.

Conference Program 

Thursday 4 July, 2019

12.30 - 1.30pm Welcome to Country Ceremony and welcome lunch
1.30 – 3.00pm   Session 1 – chaired by Dr Daniele Hromek
3.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon tea
3.30 – 5.00pm  Session 2 – chaired by Michael Mossman
5.00 – 6.00pm  Keynote Reception
6.00 – 7.30pm   Dr Fiona Foley, Keynote Address (public event)     

Friday 5 July, 2019

9.00 - 10.30am Session 3 – chaired by Dillon Kombumerri'
10.30 – 11.00am  Morning tea
11.00 – 12.30pm Session 4 – chaired by Rebecca Kiddle
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch Break (lunch provided for full ticket holders)
1.30 – 3.00pm Session 5 – chaired by Patrick Stewart
3.00 – 3.30pm  Afternoon tea
3.30 – 5.00pp Session 6 – chaired by Jefa Greenaway 
5.00 – 7.00pm Cree Fashion Show and Closing Reception (public event)

Saturday 6 July, 2019

9.00 – 12.30pm  Community Tour (for presenters and full ticket holders only)

Accommodation and Logistics

Public transport from the airport

Catching the train is the easiest option, more details can be found on the Transport NSW website (Getting to the Airport).

Public transport to the Uni

Bus - University of Sydney main bus stops are located on City Road, within 50m of the Wilkinson Building. Plan your trip at the Transport NSW website.

Train - The closest station is Redfern Station which is a 15 minute walk from the Wilkinson Building.

Getting around Sydney

Visit Transport NSW for all public transport options.

Car Services



The Old Clare Hotel

The Mercure Central Sydney

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park

Adina Sydney Chippendale

Airbnb (suburbs of Chippendale and Glebe are particularly recommended)

University Rooms Sydney Quality Suites Camperdown

The Urban Newtown

More accommodation options can be viewed in a local search here.


We are located in the Wilkinson Building (G04), The University of Sydney at 148 City Road, Darlington 2008 NSW. We are surrounded by the suburbs of Newtown, Glebe and Chippendale and are within walking distance of the Central Park Sydney District.