Hannah Robertson

Innovation Fellow and Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University

Dr Hannah Robertson combines a socially driven and contextually responsive design approach with policy experience to work with remote communities. She has worked on building and design projects with Indigenous communities in Cape York and Arnhem Land, Australia. Her master's thesis 'Bush Owner Builder' involved collaborative self-building on homelands surrounding Hope Vale, Cape York and was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architect's President's Dissertation Medal and a commendation in the Architecture Institute of Australia's Colourbond Steel Biennale. Hannah was awarded her PhD in architecture from in 2018. Her study is based in remote Northeast Arnhem Land and investigates how a territorial and regional resource based approach to building can contribute to the development of local industry and the enhanced satisfaction of human needs. This study also received the University of Melbourne's John Grice Award for Best Architecture PhD and the Chartered Institute of Building Research Award. As Innovation Fellow at Monash University's Art, Design & Architecture Faculty she continues to research and teach in these pursuits. In particular, we are currently working on a collaborative teaching and research project with the Centre for Appropriate Technology and Olkola Aboriginal Corporation to co-design and build a Cultural Knowledge Centre at Sandy Creek Bore, Cape York.

Experience

  • –present
    Innovation Fellow and Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University