A landmark new building at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus is celebrating the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo and traditional Noongar knowledge in its design.
Jason Barrow from Kurongkurl Katitjin — the university’s centre for Indigenous Education and Research — said the building was originally planned as a five-storey tower with a courtyard dedicated to the centre.
He wanted the new building to better reflect the country it stood on.
“I thought that was a start, but I think we can do a bit better than that,” Mr Barrow said.
“There are opportunities to unpack Joondalup for all people who come here.
“Particularly for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are off country, but also for our international guests and every day Australians who come through here.
“I did a brain dump and wrote down two pages on why this area was special and significant and that made its way to the architects.”
What emerged was Ngoolark, a $72 million dollar student support and research hub that incorporated many of the ideas that Mr Barrow and the university’s Indigenous elders reference group gave the architects. […]