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About IADV

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


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.
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.
Rueben Berg is a Gunditjmara man, a founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design 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
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.
Jefa Greenaway is a descendant of the Wailwan/Gamillaraay people, a founder 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
Michael McMahon is from Yirrkala, NT, and he moved to Melbourne to study Architecture at RMIT in 2012
Amanda Young comes from a legal, government and business background and over 20 years’ of her work has been with the Australian First Nations people. She is currently the Acting CEO of the First Nations Foundation which aims to build a better financial future for Indigenous Australians.