Not an Expert

Virtual Event


25 Mar 2021

6 pm (AEDT)

Live Stream Event


Booked Out

Tickets: $10 or $5 concession (students, those not working, working part-time, and anyone else who needs it).


The concept and practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Authority has existed since time immemorial. Now, slowly but surely, the built environment is evolving to embed processes that respect this Cultural Authority. We find ourselves in a transition period where Western and Indigenous world views are not yet aligned with respect to the roles we play throughout the architectural process. A world view of the architect or consultant as “expert,” and stakeholder as someone to be managed and satisfied without compromising design vision does not represent Cultural Authority in practice.

More fundamentally, we need to ask, who holds the Cultural Authority within community? Many Indigenous communities are matriarchal societies with clear gendered societal roles, the structure of which does not align with the patriarchal systems most Australians have grown up with. The impact of this misalignment of world views has resulted in a lopsided experience of our existence, stories and voices. So, how do we ensure we walk the talk? What does Cultural Authority actually mean in practice? How do we respect gendered roles and their respective authorities within communities? And who really are the “experts”?

Join Parlour for a lively online discussion with Danièle Hromek and Francoise Lane convened by Sarah Lynn Rees.

SA Watch Party

Those in Adelaide have an opportunity to get together with the Designers for Diversity group at the South Australian chapter office of the Australian Institute of Architects to watch the session and join an informal discussion afterwards. To join this watch party, book using the link and then email the Institute to let them know you will be there –
5 pm – 7.30 pm Level 2, 15 Leigh Street, Adelaide.


Danièle Hromek

Greater Sydney

Francoise Lane
Indij Design


Sarah Lynn Rees
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects



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