Unity Lab Commission


Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite National Gallery of Victoria View map

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Queen Victoria Gardens
Credit Sarah Ruhullah

Unity Lab, curated by Ilianna Ginnis, a researcher at Monash University and an architectural designer, has a profound mission: to raise awareness and advocate for individuals who communicate non-verbally and have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This commission is more than just a project; it’s a catalyst for meaningful change.



Ilianna Ginnis is an interior architectural designer and a current PhD Candidate within the Design Health Collab at Monash University. Ilianna is currently a consultant at Architecture & Access, assessing accessibility within the built environment. Ilianna prides herself on consciously designing interventions that extend the intentions of architecture through multi-disciplinary, sensory design for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities. She often focuses on behavioural and non-verbal communication to stimulate design processes. Her aim is to encourage empathy through interior architecture, with a focus on intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Her PhD looks at how design processes can consider persons with severe and profound intellectual disabilities and who are non-verbal communicators, and how designers can integrate people into the process as narrators of their own experiences.

The Unity Lab was commissioned by MPavilion as part of MStudio.
MStudio invites you to experience the outcomes of MPavilion’s Tenth Anniversary commissioning program, created in response to Tadao Ando’s design.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which MPavilion stands. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present – and recognise they have been creating, telling stories and caring for Country for thousands of generations.