For National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2023, the DesignInc Sydney and Adelaide studios participated in a range of events to enable our teams to connect with, learn about and share knowledge with First Nations communities.
Reconciliation—Walking Together, Side by Side
DesignInc Adelaide is proud to share Reconciliation Australia has endorsed our ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which outlines our commitment to build relationships, show respect and create opportunities with our First Peoples as we recognise the wrongs of the past and move forward to heal together.
Reconciliation is a shared journey involving everyone. At DesignInc Adelaide, we acknowledge the ongoing strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in sustaining the world’s oldest living cultures. We acknowledge Kaurna Miyurna as the Native Title Holders and Custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.
Our Vision for reconciliation is to listen, learn and show respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as we recognise the wrongs of the past and move forward to heal together. Many steps, big and small, are required to reach this vision. We commit to actioning change within our organisational culture, partnerships, our community in South Australia and Australia and through broader industry initiatives.
As a leading design firm shaping places across Australia, we recognise that we have a responsibility to bring the voice and wisdom of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into the design of our built environment. We will do this by listening to understand, and by showing respect to the place on Country that our buildings will occupy.
Our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan is an important step in addressing our goals of advancing the communities we work and live within. Throughout our reconciliation journey, we will strive to be a business that values equality, diversity and sustainability as we acknowledge, show respect, listen and learn, and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Ben Luppino
RAP Champion, DesignInc Adelaide
At DesignInc Adelaide, we actively foster a culture of diversity and inclusion across gender, cultural background and ability. Our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) will align with and expand upon our existing organisational values. In our Reflect RAP, we commit to the practical actions required to build relationships, create mutual respect and improve opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Our commitments to working toward reconciliation are:
- to increase cultural literacy and awareness within our team;
- create new methodologies for embedding stories of Country into the built environment; and
- connecting with, and providing opportunities for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through our organisation.
We aim to achieve these goals through formal and informal initiatives including:
- talking with our Kaurna Elders and Custodians, the native title holders of Tandanya/Adelaide where our studio is situated;
- partnerships and collaborations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander product and service providers;
- developing project methodologies, presentations and resources to assist professional staff with bringing stories of Country into the design process as a part of our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program;
- increasing access to resources, training opportunities, events, experiences and workshops that build cultural literacy within our team;
- developing a mentorship program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth who are interested in entering our industry; and
- connecting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and networks to share employment opportunities.