Our Indigenous Advisory Architecture and Design (IAAD) team leads and guides our practice on all Indigenous initiatives. Sarah Lynn Rees (Palawa) provides both internal guidance and external advisory services alongside her architectural role.

Sarah Lynn Rees
Associate Principal, Lead Indigenous Advisor

Sarah is a Palawa woman descending from the Plangermaireener and Trawlwoolway people of North East Tasmania. As an Indigenous woman she brings a unique perspective to her role in architecture, underpinned by her personal experience, heritage and research into the Indigenous built environment.

She is passionate about working collaboratively and transparently with communities, ensuring their voices are heard, respected, and maintained.

Sarah is highly motivated and committed to procuring design outcomes that benefit and embed themselves contextually into their socio-political, cultural and physical environments.

Additional to her roles at JCB, Sarah also sits on several advisory boards and design review panels including the NGV Melbourne Design Week Advisory Committee, and the Victorian Design Review Panel for the Office of the Victorian Government Architect.

Recent IAAD engagements:

  • Special advisor to the jury – Parramatta Powerhouse Precinct Competition (Create NSW and MAAS)
  • Design review panel – Geelong Civic Precinct (City of Greater Geelong)
  • BLAKitecture series for MPavilion
  • AIA National Conference speaker at Collective Agency