We are bringing together Elders, Traditional Custodians and First Nations designers, artists and practitioners, representative of the diversity of Country across Australia, and the varied philosophical approaches to understanding, being with and caring for Country. COUNTRY will be an experience that builds on the important work and ongoing conversations that have been happening within and adjacent to the discipline, about connecting to, caring for and designing with Country.

The Creative Directors have been yarning with Elders, First Nations designers and the AILA Connection to Country Committee to align COUNTRY with parallel conversations. A local working group, of First Nations emerging Landscape Architects, has been integral to the philosophical approach, experiential design and curatorial direction of COUNTRY. 

COUNTRY will follow six conversations, led by an all Indigenous panel. Each conversation will be followed by a more intimate discussion, which will be facilitated by a First Nations lead. Conversations will range from furthering our understanding of Country to unpacking design thinking, to applications for design practice. Participants will need to be prepared to join in the conversation in a reciprocal way, practicing deep listening and engaging in the discussion.

After much debate and deliberation, the creative directorate have decided that COUNTRY will not be offered in an online format. We believe that it is important for participants to be present for the conversations, in mind and in body, engaging in deep listening and reciprocity. We believe that while an online format can have many positive aspects, this cannot happen if we are not in the same space.


Attendance at COUNTRY will require participation. Participants will need to be prepared to join in the conversation in a reciprocal way, with respect, practicing deep listening and engaging in the discussion. 

Participation at COUNTRY will require some pre-work. Participants will be required to read, listen to, or watch a set amount of material and there will be further material encouraged to make the most of the COUNTRY experience.  

Participation at COUNTRY will require presence. No pens, paper, phones, devices will be permitted, and it is expected that participants are fully immersed in the experience of engaging with COUNTRY.

Country: 2022 Festival of Landscape Architecture 

13-16 October 2022
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Industry TourS 

Thursday 13 October 2022



2022 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards Ceremony

Friday 14 October 2022

State Library of Queensland and online


Explore Brisbane. Self-guided tours & fun things to do

Discover Brisbane



Recommended Pre-Reading

In the lead up to the festival, COUNTRY, we encourage all participants to familiarise themselves with Indigenous culture, understandings of Country, industry specific developments in designing with Country and current political and social context. Many of the documents may already be familiar to some and provide an essential knowledge base for the conversations that will be had at COUNTRY. We have also provided some recommended books and cinema.

All of the below documents can be found here for your reference.
Connecting with Country draft Framework, NSW Government Architect
Designing with Country discussion paper, NSW Government Architect
Campus to Country, Queensland University of Technology 
Wingara Mura Design Principles, The University of Sydney 
Australian Indigenous Design Charter
International Indigenous Design Charter
Kaart Koort Waarnginy - Aboriginal Engagement Framework, Development WA
Cultural Principles and Protocols for Designers, Djinjama (Daniele Hromek, Terri Janke)
Engaging with Country, Djinjama (Daniele Hromek)
Paleert Tjaara Dja, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation 
The Uluru Statement from the Heart


Dark Emu, Bruce Pascoe
Farmers or Hunter Gatherers, Peter Sutton, Keryn Walshe
The Biggest Estate on Earth, Bill Gammage
Fire Country, Victor Steffensen
True Tracks: respecting Indigenous knowledge and Culture, Terri Janke
Another day in the Colony, Chelsea Watego
Our voices. II, The de-colonial project, Kevin O’Brien, Rebecca Kiddle, luugigyoo patrick stewart

First Knowledges Series

Songlines: The Power and Promise, Margo Neale, Lynne Kelly
Design: Building on Country, Alison Page, Paul Memmot
Country: Future Fire, Future Farming, Bill Gammage, Bruce Pascoe
Astronomy: Sky Country, Karlie Noon, Krystal De Napoli

Some links to ABC iview, 10play and SBS OnDemand have been provided. Other titles may be available on Netflix or other streaming providers. 
10 Canoes (2006)
Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra (2020)
First Australians, The Untold Story of Australia (2008)
Goldstone (2016)
Mamu (2014)
Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)
Samson and Delilah (2009)
Satellite Boy (2012)
Spear (2015)
Sweet Country (2017)
The Beach (Documentary series) (2022)
The Australian Wars (documentary series) (2022)

Airtrain Festival Offer

Airtrain is the fast and stress-free way to travel from Brisbane Airport. In 20 minutes you will travel directly to the heart of Brisbane’s CBD in a modern fleet of trains including Air-conditioning, free WiFi, restrooms on board and plenty of space for luggage. 

Airtrain are offering a return for free* promotion when you book at airtrain.com.au. *T&Cs apply.

One of Airtrain’s city stations is the South Brisbane station, which is located just 378 metres from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. For those unfamiliar with Brisbane, you can use our online journey planner to map out your journey to the centre.

Instructions to purchase: 

Head to www.airtrain.com.au
Select the Book Tickets button
Select From destination as the Airport Domestic or Airport International
Select To destination one of the following City stations: South Brisbane, Eagle Junction, Wooloowin, Albion, Bowen Hills, Fortitude valley, Central and Roma Street stations
Select Return button 
Choose departure and return date 
Select the amount of passengers 
Enter passenger details 
Click the proceed to payment button
Select Credit Card or Paypal 
Enter payment details 
Select the check boxes and press the Confirm booking button

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