sarah lynn rees
MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design
King's College, Cambridge
2013 Charlie Perkins Scholar
2013 Chevening Scholar
2012 Aurora Study Tour
Having the other Charlie Perkins and Roberta Sykes Scholars here has been wonderful both socially and academically. We often discuss our courses and assignments in a way that allows us to express issues our fellow classmates may not face. It becomes an environment where we are able to explore thoughts without making public statements, and discuss opinions without taking sides. I personally find this to be an amazing resource, because it is a safe area where you can be unsure or misinformed, correct or opinionated, without being judged or held publicly accountable. It is a space to test your ideas and theories with people who understand where you are coming from, and the issues you face. Never in my life have I had this kind of environment, and I am truly grateful.
Sarah Lynn Rees is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of north-east Tasmania. She is a Lecturer at Monash University, practices architecture at Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA) where she is also a Lead Indigenous Advisor: Architecture and Design, she is program advisor and curator of the BLAKitecture series for Mpavilion, a Director of Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects, First Nations Advisory Working Group.
Sarah's practice, advisory and research interests are geared towards a long term aim of Indigenising the built environment. Awarded the Charlie Perkins scholarship, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge where she produced a thesis on Indigenous housing in remote Australian communities and graduated with an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design. Sarah is widely published in architectural media, and speaks regularly at architecture and design conferences both locally and internationally. Her current research focus is on developing resources for built environment practitioners to improve collaborative engagement processes with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities throughout each stage of architecture from procurement to media and awards.
Sarah has practiced architecture in both Melbourne and London, most notably with Stirling Prize Winner Will Alsop's London based practice aLL Design before returning to Jackson Clements Burrows Architects in Birrarung-ga (Melbourne). Sarah's appointment at Monash is a practice based research and teaching role that is an ongoing partnership with Monash University Department of Architecture and Jackson Clements Burrows Architects.
Living Cities Forum 2021 dezeen, August 2021
Sarah Lynn Rees appointed fractional lecturer at Monash. ArchitectureAU, August 2020
Reconciliation through Architecture: a chance to build on the past. Monash University, August 2020
Our cities reflect the denial of history. Blak design aims to change that, The Guardian, July 2018
Designing for Country