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 Carroll Go-Sam


BArch (Hons) Qld

Carroll is a researcher and manager of the AERC.  On completing her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1997, she was one of few female indigenous graduates in Architecture in Australia and the first in Queensland.  She has maintained a strong research focus on housing, commencing with her award winning thesis titled, "The Mutitjulu Experiment: A Study of Decentralised Houses by Paul Pholeros". Current housing research has included, Overcrowding for Indigenous Households in Non-remote Areas and Remote Indigenous Housing Procurement for AHURI. Other past architectural project work included, engagement as a design consultant by Musgrave Park Cultural Centre Inc. on the proposal for an Aboriginal Cultural Centre in inner city Brisbane. Extending this work into research by developing a review of the Musgrave Park project's identity themes and discriminatory outcome, in the paper titled, 'Fabricating Blackness' also presented at the 2011 SAHANZ Conference. A further paper [in print], considers the contested site of Musgrave Park as a construct of Aboriginal place under the contradictory aims of reconciliation ideology.  Finally, the topic of Carroll's public and institutional lectures nationally and internationally have centred on Aboriginal identity constructs in the production and authorisation of architecture.

Carroll is a descendant of the gumbilbarra people of the Dyirrbal language group of the upper Tully River, and maintains connections and interests in the Atherton Tableland region.  She has worked at the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre since 1989 and as a part-time educator since 1994 to current. Other previous employment has been with Aboriginal community organisations such as Kambu Progress Association and Tangentyere Council Inc..

Previous architectural work has included various architectural firms in Brisbane involved in residential and commercial projects, and as a key member of the design team of  Bidungu Housing Project, Gregory Crossing, North Queensland. Other past architectural work has included a role in the Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England for James Cubitt Architects.  Project work has extended to design projects with 'Phorm Architecture + Design' and James Davidson Architect.  After completing the 'Shroud House Project' which incorporated a fusion between contemporary architecture and Dyirbal symbols, the project was commended in the Awards programmes of DIA (Qld) and RAIA (QLD):

  • 2006 Royal Australia Institute of Architect QLD Chapter: RAIA Qld Regional Awards, Brisbane Regional Commendation for Residential Building - Alterations + Additions Architectural Award
  • 2006 Royal Australia Institute of Architect QLD Chapter: RAIA Qld State Awards, High Commendation for Residential Building - Alteration + Additions Architectural Award
  • 2005 Design Institute of Australia: Qld Design Awards, Commendation for Interior Design - New Residential Interior