BLAKitecture 2021/22 is shifting gears from its usual series of yarns across the season to a three-day series of events from March 21–23, coinciding with Melbourne Design Week.

MPavilion’s fifth annual BLAKitecture forum centralises Indigenous voices in conversations about architecture, the representation of histories, and the present and future states of our built environments. BLAKitecture is curated by MPavilion’s program consultant and Parlour Director Sarah Lynn Rees.

This year’s focus is to examine the structures and processes that we work within at each stage of the built environment process in order to highlight barriers and opportunities for change. The outcome of this series will be a manifesto created by speakers and participants, containing a list of opportunities for people working within the built environment to take up in their practice/education/advocacy.

The intent of the manifesto is to empower change at scale by creating a list that people can refer to in their own life/practice. No idea is too big or too small.


Sessions include: an event for students to ask questions from built environment practitioners, Indigenising architectural curriculum (on the back of the recent changes to the NSCA), competitions and bid writing, planning, sessions for suppliers, manufacturers and builders, and media and awards.


Most sessions will run for two hours. The first 45 minutes will be a speakers’ yarn, followed by 45 minutes of workshopping barriers and opportunities with the audience. The final 30 minutes is the manifesto session where the speakers and the audience collectively contribute to the manifesto by putting forward ideas for change.


Bookings are not required for these free sessions. To find out more information about session topics, speakers and times, head to the relevant Melbourne Design Week page.