Design Agency - Aboriginal, First Nations and Community Encounters

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Call for Papers
June 28, 2022
Alberta, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban History / Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Environmental History / Studies, Geography

Design Agency - Aboriginal, First Nations and Community Encounters

Keynote by Alison Page: Founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency


As it celebrates its 50th Year anniversary in 2021-22 with CULTURES, COMMUNITIES and DESIGN conference, the Faculty of Environmental Design / School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary welcomes Alison Page as their keynote speaker.

June 28th, 2022 – In-person and virtual


ALISON is the founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency. A Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman, she is an award-winning designer and film producer whose career links Indigenous stories and traditional knowledge with contemporary design. In 2015 was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia's Hall of Fame.

She teaches at the School of Design, University of Technology Sydney, and is also an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. 

Her most recent book was co-authored with the anthropologist, Paul Memmott, and was published in 2021 by Thames & Hudson Australia & New Zealand, ‘Design: Building on Country’.


Note: Colleagues wishing to participate at the conference should visit the website.

This call particularly welcomes papers that follow the themes highlighted in the keynote.

Abstracts: 01 April, 2022

Contact Info: 

Fabian Neuhaus, Lorraine Gess