MPavilion (24 01 24)

Yarning Circle with Sarah Lynn Rees and Collaborators

Free! Bookings Required

Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite National Gallery of Victoria View map

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First Nations speakers across the fields of architecture, planning and design from Australia and around the world will contemplate the good, the bad and the ugly of the built environment in an intimate yarning circle format spearheaded by BLAKitecture founder and ex-Curator Sarah Lynn Rees.

Bookings essential.

This is a collaboration with Living Cities Forum, supported by Monash Art, Design and Architecture.



Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of North-East Tasmania. As an Indigenous woman she brings a unique perspective to her role in architecture, underpinned by her personal experience, heritage and research into the Indigenous built environment. Sarah works at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects where her role includes both architecture and leading JCB’s Indigenous Advisory, Architecture and Design services. She is regularly engaged to advise industry, universities and governments on appropriate processes and protocols. Sarah curated the BLAKitecture series until 2023 and provides program consultation for MPavilion, teaches at Monash University and sits on several advisory boards.

David Fortin is a registered architect and Professor at the University of Waterloo. He has taught architectural history, theory, and design in the UK, USA, and Canada and leads a small design practice primarily working with First Nations and Métis communities across the country. In 2018 he became the first person of Indigenous heritage to direct a school of architecture in Canada, and he is the only person to twice co-curate Canada’s official entry to the Venice Biennale (2018, 2023).

David’s research investigates the intersections between Indigenous knowledge, design practice, and speculative thinking, while his current teaching focuses on what reconciliation means for design moving forward. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, David is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

Bradley Kerr is a Quandamooka man and an architect living, working and learning on Wurundjeri Country. Bradley is Director of design studio Winsor Kerr, a member of the Australian Institute of Architects’ First Nations Advisory Working Group, Victoria Chapter Council, the AACA’s Accreditation Standing Panel and the 2023 Australian Architecture Conference Committee. Bradley is curator of MPavilion’s BLAKitecture series in 2023.

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.

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