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VIC Connection to Country

The second AILA Victoria Premier event of 2016 will be the ‘Connection to Country’ Symposium on 18th March 2016 at ZINC, Federation Square. 

Download the Connection to Country flyer here

Download the speaker biographies here.

Connection to Country program can be downloaded here

* If you are not a member of AILA and would like to register for this event, please scroll to the top of the webpage and look on your right hand side and click 'create a new account'and follow the prompts from there. If you have any difficulty please contact AILA Victoria on 0401 811 976 or *

The event will be delivered in partnership with the City of Melbourne and Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV), and is for Landscape Architects, Architects, Urban Planners, city decision makers and built environment educators. 

This exciting day-long symposium will provide Victorian built environment professionals with a deeper understanding of Victorian Cultural Landscapes, and how to respectfully and better engage with Indigenous Communities to inform and enrich design practice in Victoria and Australia.


It is part of an important continuing conversation about how we better engage with culture and nature to shape our future places, and is a key component of AILA Victoria’s strategy to actively advance the relationship of Landscape Architects with Victorian Indigenous Communities.


Chaired by Rueben Berg, Director IADV, attendees will hear from an all Indigenous panel of leaders, artists, architects, and advocates about how to better acknowledge, interpret and respond to Indigenous land history and culture in projects. 

Alan Titchener, past President and Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects and one of the first Maori Landscape Architects, will share his experience of being involved in the development of the Te Aranga Maori Design Principles and their incorporation into the City of Auckland Design Manual. 

Speakers will include Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson, James Hackel (Parks Vic), Paul Paton (Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages), Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects). Vicki Couzens (Indigenous Artist based in Warrnambool), Mandy Nicholson (Wurundjeri Artist) and Timmah Ball (Urban planner, writer, community arts worker).

The day will include presentations, panel discussions, lunchtime tours and workshops in the afternoon. Board members of AILA’s National Council will join to hear the final panel discussion, and learning from the day will inform the further development of AILA’s Reconciliation Action Plan.


Early bird ticket purchase will secure places on the free lunch-time tours with Vicki Couzens together with Mandy Nicholson, or with Jefa Greenaway. These tours have a limited capacity, so you will need to get in early. 

Proud Partner of Connection to Country

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Members: $195 +GST
Non Members: $250.00 +GST
Students: $125 +GST

18/03/2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Federation Square
Swanston St & Flinders St

18/03/2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Federation Square Swanston St & Flinders St MELBOURNE VIC 3000

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