About us

Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (Aboriginal Corporation) is a not-for-profit Indigenous organisation which is registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ID 7474). 

IADV, originally named Indigenous Architecture Victoria, was founded in 2010 by Rueben Berg and Jefa Greenaway, two of only about thirteen Indigenous Architects/architectural graduates in Australia.

The two main aims of IADV are:

  • To encourage the Indigenous community to be more engaged in architecture and design in the built environment
  • To encourage architects and designers to be more engaged with Indigenous culture

 

Directors

Jefa Greenaway

Founding Director chair

Jefa Greenaway is a descendant of the Wailwan/Gamillaraay people, a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria, and the only registered Indigenous architect practicing in Victoria. He is a winner of the 2011 Dulux Study Tour prize and the winner of the 2011 Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class Inaugural Stormtech Scholarship. Jefa is also a director of Greenaway Architects 

Rueben Berg

Founding Director

Rueben Berg is a Gunditjmara man, a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria, and a graduate architect. He has been involved in various Government roles within Indigenous affairs for many years. He gained a strong understanding of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 in his role as the Manager of Metropolitan Heritage Programs at Aboriginal Affairs Victoria. Rueben is also a founder and director of the Indigenous Ultimate Association and the managing director of RJHB Consulting

Sarah Lynn Rees

Director

Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener people of north-east Tasmania. She is a  Graduate of Architecture at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Consultant at Greenshoot Consulting, Research Assistant and the University of Melbourne and Project Manager at MPavilion.

Sarah is a Charlie Perkins scholar with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Cambridge. Sarah is also a Director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, sits on the EmAGN Committee and the National Trust Landscape and Indigenous advisory groups.

Jose Alfano

Director

Jose Alfano has a strong background and international record of achievement in a wide range of Major Architecture Projects and Urban Interventions. He was a member of the Victorian Chapter Council of the Australian Institute of Architects for several years. Jose currently serves as an associate professor at Melbourne University, and has served at a number of other universities over the years.

Theo Gouskos

Director

Theo Gouskos holds a BA/Bsc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has an extensive history in partnership development and stakeholder management. Theo has worked as the Chief Operating Officer at the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, and as the Director of Engagement in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Timmah Ball

Director

Timmah Ball is a Ballardong Noongar woman who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Master of Urban Planning. She is passionate about using arts and culture to create inclusive cities and believes that planners need to think about people rather the zones and overlays.

Michael McMahon

Director

Michael McMahon is a descendant of the Bundjalung people of North-East New South Wales and was born in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory. After moving from Darwin he received his bachelor of Architecture from RMIT in 2014. Michael works for Denton Corker Marshall Architects and has served as a director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria (IADV) since 2015. In 2018 he was awarded the Roberta Sykes Postgraduate Scholarship and will undertake a Masters of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. The belief that architecture can celebrate and strengthen Aboriginal culture by it giving both material and social consistency underpins Michael’s approach to architecture.

Louis Mokak

Director

Louis Mokak is a proud Djugun man from West Kimberley, Louis was born on Gadigal country and grew up on Ngunnawal country before moving to Naarm/Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design at RMIT. Louis is a recipient of the Carey Lyon Scholarship, has been a member of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria since 2014 and is a recently appointed director at IADV.

Jasmine Hocking

Director

Jasmine Hocking is a Warlpiri woman and recently graduated from the Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) at RMIT. She completed her thesis last year exploring housing in Warlpiri community, Lajamanu. Currently she is working as the Operations and Fundraising officer at the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, an Indigenous organisation working to bring Indigenous youth together to tackle issues surrounding climate justice and ensuring the protection of country.

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