The next step for Architectus in reconciliation
We have launched our second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to make reconciliation with First Nations Peoples even more tangible in our practice, our process and in our built work.
Our first Reflect RAP in 2020 was an essential part of our commitment to action, and in late 2022 we reaffirmed this commitment to reconciliation.
“We’re committing to a second Reflect RAP to embed connections with First Nations groups and individuals that are specific to the location of each of our five studios,” said CEO Ray Brown.
“We’re setting a solid foundation for meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable future RAPs.”
Over the course of 2023, Architectus will build on the progress we’ve made to contribute to reconciliation in a tangible, relevant and respectful way – from collaborations, engagements and project consultation with First Nations Peoples; to event sponsorships and partnerships that deepen our understanding of First Nations site heritage, and internships, work experience and careers opportunities that create pathways for First Nations design students
“We want to continue to create genuine relationships with First Nations Peoples and communities and promote a culturally aware workplace that is inclusive and diverse,” said Ruth Wilson, Principal Clients + Communications.
Karen Mundine, Chief Executive Officer at Reconciliation Australia said that Architectus’ renewed commitment to the Reflect RAP would ensure the sustainability of future RAPs and reconciliation initiatives and provide meaningful impact toward Australia’s reconciliation journey.
“This Reflect RAP enables Architectus to deepen its understanding of its sphere of influence and the unique contribution it can make to lead progress across the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance,” said Karen.
At Architectus, our intention is to continue to develop these initiatives and processes into more clearly defined and engaging collaborations, partnerships, and reconciliation activities.
Since launching our first RAP, we’ve:
- Formed 26 partnerships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisations
- Held 11 events during National Reconciliation Week
- Held 8 NAIDOC Week events
- Achieved 70% participation rate for staff cultural training
- Employed 6 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people