It is with the greatest sadness that we advise Associate Professor Elizabeth Grant CF has suddenly passed away.
Elizabeth’s expertise was research and design consultancy in the field of Indigenous architecture and place-making, housing and community infrastructure design, institutional environments (in particular the design of criminal justice and education environments) and design for people with physical and/or psycho-social disability and reform for Indigenous peoples.
Elizabeth was a Churchill Fellow, had published four books and over 70 papers and served as a peer reviewer and referee for more than 10 international journals. She was the lead editor of the International Handbook of Contemporary Indigenous Architecture (Springer 2018). In 2015, she was honoured with the International Prison and Correctional Association (ICPA) Excellence in Research Award for her work in this area.
In 2017, she was invited to submit to three Government inquiries and appointed as an expert witness and participant for closed forums as part of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
In 2018, she appeared before Ministerial and Senate inquiries into the housing needs of Indigenous peoples living with a disability. She also appeared before the Australian Senate and was appointed as an international expert for the New Zealand Government’s Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata Process on the humane design of places of detention for Māori and Pacific Islanders.
Elizabeth was an elected member of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), a member of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS), the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), the Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC), the Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and a member of the expert panel of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) research group.
Elizabeth will be sadly missed by all.
This post is authorised by Elizabeth’s husband Leonard.