Associate Professor Paul Memmott
Associate Professor Paul Memmott
Associate Professor Paul Memmott
 
School of Geography, Planning and Architecture and
Director of Aboriginal Environments Research Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture
 
Associate Professor Paul Memmott is a passionate and dedicated educator who has stimulated an independent field of study that is committed to the improvement of Indigenous built environments in the wider context of Aboriginal social reform.
 
Paul’s teaching pivots on his desire to advance cultural and socio-economic equity for Indigenous Australians and foster cross-cultural understanding and respect. This approach has provided an international benchmark in Indigenous community interactions, performing a vital role in increasing community understanding and building positive social relationships. Paul’s work in teaching has been pioneering and in 1998, he established the first curriculum on Aboriginal people-environments in an architecture course in Australia.
 
Where possible, Paul’s teaching is illuminated by real world experience and by field work involving training in the fundamental protocols of engaging with Aboriginal communities. A recent initiative is the establishment of the Arid Zone research station at Camooweal in Western Queensland which will further support field study as an integral element of pedagogy in the architecture program.
 
Respect and support for his students is reflected in Paul’s teaching of cultural respect as a curriculum principle, integration of postgraduate students into practical and policy-related research projects and his enthusiasm for publishing with his students.

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