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Competition structure

A two-staged design competition will be conducted to determine a winning design. The Australian Institute of Architects has endorsed Stage 1.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest

Launch and call for submissions Submissions close
4 March 2022 1 April 2022 (14:00 AEDT)

Submissions for Stage 1 are now closed. 

An Expression of Interest (EOI) is being conducted to consider the demonstrated experience and eligibility of Australian architectural, urban design and landscape design firms (design teams) to enable the selection of up to four competitors to participate in Stage 2 of the design competition for the Ngurra Cultural Precinct. 

 

Stage 2: Invited design competition

Launch Submissions close Winner selected
10 May 2022 5 July 2022 29 July 2022

The shortlisted design teams will be invited to prepare detailed submissions of concept designs for the Ngurra Cultural Precinct and to present their submission to the jury. Upon review of all submissions and presentations the jury will select a winner. The winning design will be iconic, befitting its location, and reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples’ aspirations, achievements and deep connection to Country.

Design themes

The design for the Ngurra Cultural Precinct should support the following themes:

  • Renew – Reflect deep and enduring respect for heritage and meaningful understanding to advance the cultural values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Restore – World-leading example of climate-positive design, living place that gives back more to nature than it takes.
  • Replenish – Unlock meaningful economic opportunities and foster innovation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples nationwide.
  • Reflect – Welcome all Australians to learn, celebrate, and embrace our common future, and to move forward on a shared journey of global significance.

Jury

Nine distinguished jury members will be responsible for selecting the invited competitors to Stage 2 and determining the winning proposal of the design competition.
Ngurra design competition jurors - Clint Bracknell

Professor Clint Bracknell

Ngurra design competition juror - Gregory Burgess

Gregory Burgess

Dr Shaneen Fantin

Dr Shaneen Fantin

Ngurra design competition jurors - Stan Grant

Professor Stan Grant

Professor Marcia Langton

Professor Marcia Langton

Ngurra design competition juror - Michael Mossman

Dr Michael Mossman

Ngurra design competition juror - Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins

Ngurra design competition jurors - Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Ngurra design competition jurors - Amanda Vanstone

Amanda Vanstone

  • Professor Clint Bracknell

    A Noongar musician from the south coast of Western Australia, Professor Clint Bracknell is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Queensland.

    He has investigated connections between song, language and landscapes in Australia’s southwest for over a decade, co-developing Noongar language resources including both the first fully-adapted Shakespearean stage work and dubbed feature film in a language of Australia.

    Professor Bracknell holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Western Australia and received the 2020 Barrett Award for Australian Studies.

    An elected member and Deputy Chair of the Council of AIATSIS, Professor Bracknell also sits on the ARC Centre of Excellence in the Dynamics of Language Advisory Committee.

  • Gregory Burgess

    For Gregory Burgess, architecture is a social, healing and ecological art. His multi award winning projects include housing, community, cultural, Indigenous, tourism, educational, health, religious, commercial, exhibition design and urban design. His awards include the Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings,
    the Victorian Architecture Medal for the best building of the year, and the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

    An honorary Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Melbourne acknowledges his artistic, social, environmental and intellectual contribution. He is recognised with a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community for environmentally-sensitive and community building design.

  • Dr Shaneen Fantin

    Dr Shaneen Fantin holds a PhD from the University of Queensland on the relationship between design and culture in Aboriginal housing and she has applied this knowledge to Indigenous housing, community and health projects across Australian and in Canada. As co-director of POD (People Oriented Design), a multi-disciplinary practice committed to sustainability and intercultural design, she brings an unusual combination
    of skills including architecture, stakeholder engagement, project management, research and teaching.

    Dr Fantin is a registered architect with 25 years experience, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and James Cook University, she sits on the Queensland State Government Urban Design and Places Panel, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects First Nations Advisory Working Group. In 2021, Dr Fantin (with her co-director at POD, Belinda Allwood) won the Architecture & Design Women In Sustainability Award. This is a national award that recognises women who have influenced ideas and innovation in sustainability.

  • Professor Stan Grant

    Professor Stan Grant is of Wiradjuri descent and is the Vice Chancellor's Chair of Australian/Indigenous Belonging at Charles Sturt University. He is one of Australia's most respected journalists, with more than 30 years’ experience in broadcast news and current affairs. Among the recognition for his achievements are three Walkley awards, two Peabody awards, four Asia TV awards, an Australian TV Logie award, an International Indigenous Trailblazer award, two Australian Academy of Cinema Television awards, and an Australian Heritage Literature award.

    Professor Grant has published four acclaimed books on identity and Australian Indigenous history. In 2019 he wrote, and featured in, the full-length documentary The Australian Dream which won the 2019 AACTA Award for best feature documentary.

  • Professor Marcia Langton

    Professor Dr Marcia Langton AO, BA (Hons), ANU, PhD Macq. U, D. Litt. ANU, FASSA is the granddaughter of an Iman man and is proud of her Indigenous heritage from her grandmother who worked in the pastoral
    industry in southwest and western Queensland. Professor Langton has qualifications in anthropology and geography, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Aboriginal alcohol use and harms, family violence, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art.

    Professor Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne, and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at the University of Queensland and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In 2016 Professor Langton was honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, and in 2017 was appointed as the first Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne.

  • Dr Michael Mossman

    Dr Michael Mossman is a proud Kuku Yalanji man, born and raised in Cairns on Yidinji Country. He now lives and works on Gadigal land and is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy for his thesis: ‘Third Space, Architecture and Indigeneity’. He is also a registered architect who champions Country and First Nations cultures as agents for structural change in the broader architectural profession at educational, practice and policy levels.

  • Rachel Perkins

    Rachel Perkins is a distinguished filmmaker of Arrernte/Kalkadoon heritage. In 1992 she founded the Indigenous production company Blackfella Films and she has contributed extensively to the development of Indigenous filmmakers in Australia and, more broadly, to the Australian film and television industry. Her television work includes Redfern Now, Total Control, Mystery Road and the documentary series First Australians. Her movies are Jasper Jones, Brane Nue Dae and One Night the Moon. Ms Perkins recently led the development of the national vision for Indigenous heritage (Dhawura Ngilan) and is currently co-chairing the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance’s joint working group with the commonwealth, on national Indigenous heritage legislative reform. She has served on numerous NGO and federal agency boards including Screen Australia, the Australian Film Television and Radio School, AIATSIS, the Australian Heritage Council and Jawun, and she was a founding board member of the National Indigenous Television Service.

  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith is a registered architect and planner who is currently employed as the Chief Planner of the National Capital Authority. In this role, Mr Smith is responsible for Strategic Planning, Planning Approvals, Master planning, Urban Design, Capital Works and Heritage within the Canberra’s Central National Area.

    Mr Smith has worked in a variety of roles in Australia and overseas and has won a number of awards for his planning and design work.

    The National Capital Authority is charged with representing the Australia Government’s role in the planning and design of Canberra as the national capital.

  • Amanda Vanstone

    Born in Adelaide, Amanda Vanstone studied arts and law at the University of Adelaide and worked in law, retailing and small business before entering politics. As Liberal senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007, Ms Vanstone held ministerial portfolios including employment, education, training and youth affairs; justice and customs; family and community services; immigration and multicultural and Indigenous affairs.

    After her resignation from the Senate Ms Vanstone served as the ambassador to Italy until July 2010. Ms Vanstone serves on the boards and committees for various organisations – including Drinkwise Australia, the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Woomera Protected Area Advisory Committee and the University of Adelaide.

Eligibility

Who is eligible to enter?

AIATSIS is seeking Australian design professionals based in Australia, with a strong track record of Australian projects and capacity and capability to deliver a project of such national and cultural significance.

Multidisciplinary Australian design teams led by an architect registered to practice in Australia are eligible to participate.

Examples of multidisciplinary teams include a team led by an architect, partnered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design consultants, landscape architects, artists, engineers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to participate, but this alone is not an eligibility requirement.

Who is ineligible to enter?

The following are ineligible to participate in the design competition, including as a member of a multidisciplinary team:

  • Architects not registered to practice in Australia.
  • Multidisciplinary teams located outside Australia.
  • Jury members.
  • AIATSIS employees (current and former).
  • Employees or associates of the competition advisor and probity advisor, and any person involved in the preparation or organisation of the design competition.
  • An elected representative or officer of any relevant consent authority.
  • A family member, associate or employee of any of the above, except where the probity advisor or competition advisor formally assesses the respondent’s written declaration and agrees that the circumstances of the relationship or interest do not give that respondent any actual or potential advantage.

Competition advisor

Ethos Urban has been appointed by AIATSIS as the competition advisor responsible for managing the design competition.

All enquiries regarding the design competition are to be directed to ngurra@ethosurban.com 

Honorarium and design commission

The shortlisted invited design teams will be remunerated approximately $100,000 for their participation in Stage 2 of the design competition. It is the intention of AIATSIS to appoint the winning design team to develop their proposal, leading ultimately to construction and delivery of the nationally significant Ngurra Cultural Precinct.

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