9 Apr 2013

Indigenous design professionals share knowledge

9:05 pm on 9 April 2013

Maori architects will be sharing their knowledge with indigenous designers from Australia, Canada, and other countries on Thursday when First Nations delegates meet in New Zealand.

The workshop is part of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) World Congress being held in Auckland this week. It is the first time Aotearoa has hosted the event.

The indigenous workshop organiser, Phil Wihongi, says the purpose of the session is to discuss how indigenous knowledge can be shared with the rest of the industry and how it can form part of their work.

He says it's important for designers to have better relationships with tangata whenua, which will give them a deeper understanding of indigenous landscapes.

Mr Wihongi says the aim of the gathering is to come up with a policy or a manifesto, which they can take to the IFLA, about the concept of recognising ways of working with indigenous cultures and landscapes.

The workshop will take place over half a day. It will be led by iwi leader Antoine Coffin, along with panellists Rau Hoskins, the director of architectural practice Design Tribe; Haare Williams, poet, author and exhibiting artist; Jacob Scott, artist, designer and educator; and Josephine Clarke and Dr Diane Menzies, landscape architects.

The World Congress starts on Wednesday with keynote speaker Malcolm Paterson, heritage and resource manager for Ngati Whatua o Orakei, setting the scene. Aboriginal landscape architect Paul Herzich and film maker Vincent Ward will also give keynote presentations.