Join us for Parlour LAB 30, a long-awaited conversation about Oceanic conceptions of space and culturally responsive architecture – with Charmaine ’Ilaiū Talei and Karamia Müller. Book now!

19 July 2024

Making Pacific Spaces

Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei & Karamia Müller
19 July 2024

LAB 30 brings together two extraordinary researchers to discuss their work on Pacific conceptions of space, values and cultural aspirations in the built environment. The conversation will explore how these shape the experiences of Pacific communities (in the Pacific and diasporas) – and practices and processes that help inform culturally responsive architectures.

Join us for a great session with Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei and Karamia Müller, both of the University of Auckland, in conversation with Rebecca McLaughlan and Justine Clark.

Friday 19 July online

12.30–1.30pm AEST
12–1pm ACST
10.30–11.30am AWST

2.30–3.30pm NZ

Karamia is a Pacific academic specialising in Indigenous space concepts. She is a senior lecturer in architecture and Co-Director of MĀPIHI Māori and Pacific Housing Research Centre at the University of Auckland. Her research explores the authentic ‘indigenisation’ of creative methodologies and design practices, with the aim of cultivating futures resilient to societal disparities. Her research also explores contemporary Pacific architecture and art, women’s architectural and art production in the region, and the use of social media and other online digital technologies by Pacific peoples in the creation of digital space. In particular, her interests lie in the interplay of these disciplines in shaping the experiences of Pacific Diaspora communities.

Charmaine is an architect, scholar and educator. She traces her Pacific ancestry to the kāinga of Tatakamōtonga, Houma, Ha’alalo, and Pukotala, Ha’apai in the Kingdom of Tonga, and the moana beyond: Sāmoa, Uvea and Fulaga, Lau Islands, Fiji. Charmaine has a PhD from the University of Queensland and previously practised in Brisbane, undertaking work across the Pacific and in Australia. She is now a senior lecturer in architecture and Associate Dean Pacific in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries at the University of Auckland. Charmaine bring extensive expertise in early and contemporary Indigenous architectural research and practice. She has a particular focus on developing productive relationships between research and practice to help create spaces that are more appropriate and supportive of those who use them. She investigates co-design methods, storytelling and cultural narrative processes, participant-based research methods, and examines how designers translate, invent and embed such meaning to form culturally responsive architecture.


  • $11 Parlour Collective
  • $25 General
  • $5.50 Concession (anyone who needs it – students, those not working etc)

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One hour of formal CPD on completion of the CPD questions. These will be emailed the week of the event. See here for the series Learning Objectives for the series as a whole.

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 and whitelist in your email system.


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When & where

Online, Friday 19 July 2024
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