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Professor Paul Memmott FASSA AO


  • Bio/Profile
  • AO awarded 2021 for distinguished service to ethno-architecture and anthropology, to Indigenous housing and cultural heritage, and to tertiary education.

    School of Architecture, and Institute for Social Science Research, UQ: Professor since 2008; Teaching Excellence Award 2007; Academic, since early-1970s (part-time with his consulting practice in Aboriginal projects); full-time since 2008. Director, Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (founder 1995); Director, Indigenous Design Place; Co-Founder, Aboriginal Data Archive, 1976.

    Consultant Aboriginal projects, architecture and anthropology.

    Chief Investigator, ARC Project - Towards Novel Biomimetic Building Materials: Evaluating Aboriginal and Western Scientific Knowledge of Spinifex Grasses, 2008-2013.

    50 book chapters, and Author/Co-Author of >300 published papers and 100 technical reports.
    Royal Australian Institute of Architects: Co-Chair, First Nations Working Group, 2020; Chair, Indigenous Housing Task Force, 2006-2008; Recipient, Neville Quarry Award for Architectural Education, 2015; Life Fellow, 2012; Recipient, Sisalation Prize, 2002; Fellow, 1990.

    Awards: Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education, Australian Awards for University Teaching, 2009; Stanner Award (for Gunyah, Goondie Wurley), Aboriginal Architecture in Australia, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2007.

    Memberships and Fellowships: Registered Architect, Board of Architects of Queensland, since 1978; Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society; Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia; Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, the Australian Anthropological Society, and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia.