13.12.2021

Our Reconciliation Action Plan

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BKK Architects are thrilled to be launching our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), joining a network of over 1,100 corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations now formally endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

We feel immensely privileged to be on this reconciliation journey and we are looking forward to creating and extending opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation within all aspects of our practice.  This journey means learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and perspectives so that we are equipped to engage with and relate to people in informed ways. It is through being informed that we can achieve more together.

We welcome and value the work of the State Government in taking a lead through its work towards a treaty or treaties with Aboriginal Victorians. And as members of the Australian Institute of Architects, we further acknowledge the work of the First Nations Advisory Working Group and Cultural Reference Panel and proudly support the Statement of Recognition.

Our practice centres on a process of research and curiosity where, through conversation and collaboration, we welcome diverse voices and perspectives into the design process. We see ourselves as part of the ecosystem of Melbourne’s extensive design community and public discourse. We regularly contribute to design events, review panels and university studios and collaborate with local artists. Through this RAP we aim to contextualise our practice beyond the here and now; to understand our place within the 60,000+ year history of Australia.

BKK Architects are at the start of our reconciliation journey, and we have much to learn. At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people, and we will do our absolute best to this end.

BKK acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nation, Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we live and work. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.