Indigenous Courthouse and Courtroom Design in Australia: Case Studies, Design Paradigms and the Issue of Cultural Agency

  • Julian R. Murphy
  • Elizabeth Grant
  • Thalia Anthony


If it is true that public buildings “…reflect the beliefs, priorities and aspirations of a people” (Powell 1995: ix), what do Australia’s public buildings say about Australians? More specifically, what does the design of Australia’s courthouses say about the beliefs, priorities, aspirations and agency of Australian people and in particular, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian R. Murphy
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Grant
    • 2
    • 4
  • Thalia Anthony
    • 3
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts and DesignThe University of CanberraCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.University of Technology SydneySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.School of ArchitectureThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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