Where are you based?Sydney, NSW
HfH/FHBH projects participated in:
Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wellington, Kowanyama, Pormpuraaw, Boigu Island, Hammond Island, Horn Island, Murray Island.
B. Sc. (Arch), B. Arch(hons.) USyd
What do you bring to the HH work?
I bring a high degree of rigour as well as hands-on experience. I am good at problem solving but also not afraid to get my hands dirty.
What have you learned from being involved in the work?
In order to truly innovate and address an issue one must first deeply understand that issue through methodical research and analysis.
I have learnt to design in terms of end-users and longevity.
How to develop simple functional solutions to problems. I have learnt how wide the field of architecture can be and how it can fundamentally affect the way people live their lives.
How to work effectively with people; both peers and communities.
In terms of Indigenous Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Is people I feel privileged to have met and come to know people in these communities. I look at my country in a different way through having known them.
These are all things I take with me into other projects and into life.
In an ideal world what directions, ideas, results would you like to see HH and the Housing for Health work become or achieve?
Ideally I would like to see HH develop more design projects, using the field data it has obtained. Perhaps become involved in the Project Management of new construction work that is happening in these communities.
I would like to see longer periods of involvement on the field.
There is still a lot of work to be done in Indigenous Housing – there is a skilled network available that could have a real impact. If there was a utilised HfH network in-place then it would be more viable for skilled people such as myself to be able to commit to the program by having more regular work.