Watch this very special in-person conversation about Indigenising Practice with Sarah Lynn Rees and Elisapeta Heta, chaired by Georgia Birks – brought to you by Parlour, Deadly Djurumin and the University of Melbourne.

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We are incredibly excited to present this a remarkable conversation with Sarah Lynn Rees and Elisapeta Heta, chaired by Georgia Birks.

Elisapeta is Principal and Kaihautū Whaihanga (Māori Design Leader) at Jasmax in Aotearoa New Zealand. She leads Waka Māia, founded in 2015 to provide a Māori design voice within the practice. Sarah is Associate and leads  Indigenous Advisory Architecture and Design (IAAD) at Jackson Clements Burrows in Melbourne. They both combine these significant practice roles with an enormous amount of advocacy in wider professional and public contexts.

Together, these extraordinary women have unparalleled experience in introducing and fostering Indigenous design knowledges within established mainstream architectural practice. How did these roles come about? How have the developed and what have they enabled? What do they mean for Indigenous clients and communities? How have the practices adapted and changed as a result? What have these positions meant for Elisapeta and Sarah? What are the challenges and where are the opportunities? What advice can they offer to others looking to make meaningful and impactful change from the inside? We have so many questions and there is so much to learn from these wonderful women.


  • $38 Parlour Collective (To access this use the promo code Collective at checkout).
  • $50 General
  • $11 Concession (Anyone who needs it – students, those not working, part-timers etc. To access this use the promo code Concession at checkout.)

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1 hour CPD on completion of the CPD questions. Once the questions are completed, you will receive an email from Google forms with your responses. Please keep this – it provides the evidence of attendance and completion. Please note, separate CPD certificates will not be issued. If you can’t find the email, remember to check your spam folder.

This session was filmed live at the University of Melbourne on 11 October.