Architecture By Us Not Without Us

In the wake of generations of failed architecture by colonial governments there is a growing international network of Indigenous registered architects working to change the architectural agenda within their nations. The panel members, from Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada will discuss their priorities for privileging the use of Indigenous Knowledge in design. 

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue : 
Les Saison

Session Speaker(s)

Rau Hoskins, Ngāti Hau, Ngāpuhi, BArch, MArch(Hons)


Rau has over 20 years experience working with Māori community-based design projects and has for the past 15 years specialized in the design of Māori educational institutions in the wider Auckland area. In 1997, Rau completed his Master's degree in architecture, culminating in a thesis that focused on the re-emerging role of the Māori architect in relation to the design of Kura Kaupapa Māori. He has also worked extensively as an urban and cultural design consultant, as well as in iwi liaison capacities on a range of large public projects. Rau is a co-opted member of the Housing New Zealand Māori Capability Committee and remains active in Māori housing advocacy and papakāinga design projects. Rau teaches part-time at the Unitec Department of Architecture and, with colleague Carin Wilson, has been active in researching both traditional and hybrid Māori dwelling construction techniques. He presented the 13-part TV series Whare Māori, which won the AFTA for best information programme at the 2012 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards.

Kevin O'Brien


Kevin O'Brien is a descendent of the Meriam Mir and Kaurereg peoples of the Torres Strait Islands and a member of the Keriwi/Hammond Island Community. 

Kevin graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1995, and a Master of Philosophy (in the field of architecture) in 2006. He was a Churchill Scholar in 2000 and established Kevin O’Brien Architects in 2006. He was Professor of Design at QUT from 2013-2015 and was appointed Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Sydney in late 2016.

Built projects completed by Kevin O'Brien Architects have been awarded residential, commercial and public architecture awards from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2013, 2015,  2016 and 2017. For more information see

Michael Laverdure, AIA, LEED AP


As partner of DSGW and director of  DSGW’s First American Design Studio his work with Native American tribes has resulted in master planning and design in casinos and hospitality venues, health and wellness centers, housing and educational facilities. By building a strong relationship with clients, Mike feels he contributes to the client’s success and growth. He has a passion for designing buildings that reflect a tribes heritage and that are sustainable.

Mike is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. He is a board member of Minnesota’s American Indian Chamber of Commerce and a Sequoyah member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. As the outgoing president of the regional AISES chapter, he is working with others to raise funds to promote STEM activities for native youth.

Dr. Patrick Stewart,MRAIC


Dr. Patrick Reid Stewart is a member of the Killerwhale House of Daaxan of the Nisga’a Village of Gingolx. He is a hereditary Nisga’a name-holder. His Nisga’a name is Luugigyoo [Calm Waters].

Patrick was the first Aboriginal registered architect in BC and the first Aboriginal Architect to own and operate an Architectural firm in BC. He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of BC, a Past-President of the National Aboriginal Housing Association and Past-Chair of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee for Metro Vancouver.

He is the Chair of the Provincial Aboriginal Homelessness Committee in BC and Chair of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force. He is an Associate Professor at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University and a faculty member of the University Senate.

Patrick completed a PhD (2015) at the University of British Columbia. The title of his dissertation was, indigenous architecture through indigenous knowledge: dim sagalts`apkw nisim [together we will build a village]. He is also an alumnus of McGill, Dalhousie and Simon Fraser Universities.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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