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Join us for the Two Way Planning, Design and Place Master Classes

11 May 2022

The paradigm of western planners and designers in relation to place has traditionally assumed a hierarchy of human activity and economy, over land, culture, and environment. The concept of Two Way Planning and Design has much to offer as we step into a different awareness of the interdependent relationship between humans and the environment around us.

You are invited to join Carol Vale (CEO, Murawin Pty Ltd) and Michelle Howard (Managing Director, Collaborations Pty Ltd) at the Two Way Planning, Design and Place Master Classes that are being held across Australia during 2022.

During the Master Class we will build your confidence and capacity to work more effectively with Indigenous communities and integrate cultural narratives and First Nations strategies into your work.

Together we will explore the powerful relationship between Country and place and how this impacts our approach as built environment professionals and place makers. Our holistic approach works at all levels of the design and planning process.

How do we respect and integrate Indigenous knowledge, stories, and narratives in our approach?

How do we respectfully and effectively engage and collaborate?

What is the legacy we leave through design, planning and construction?

Who are the Master Classes for?

Planners, place makers and managers, urban designers, sustainability and environmental officers, heritage officers and planners, infrastructure planners and project directors, architects, engineers, open space planners, landscape architects, policy makers and project managers.

What are the learning outcomes?

  • Understanding of an Indigenous Australian approach to ‘place’.
  • Exploring the opportunities of an intercultural approach to planning, design, and place.
  • Building our capacity to work collaboratively.
  • Contextualising the application of technical tools and frameworks to planning and designing with  Country.
  • Courage to navigate the process of change.

The Master Classes have two formats

  • The 1½ day Master Class includes a benchmarking project example.
  • The 1 day Master Class includes the Two Way Planning content only.

When and where are the Master Classes being held?


Melbourne, VIC. Click for venue details.

Wagga Wagga, NSW. Click for venue details.

Sydney, NSW.

Wollongong, NSW. Click for venue details.

Adelaide, SA.

Western Aus.

Brisbane, QLD.

Townsville, QLD.

Dates and Duration

12 – 13 July. 1½ day Master Class and site visit.

14 July. 1 day Master Class.

31 August – 1 September. 1 ½ day Master Class and site visit.

2 September. 1 day Master Class.

13 – 14 September. 1½ day Master Class and site visit.

15 September. 1 day Master Class.

19 – 20 October. 1½ day Master Class and site visit.

24 – 25 October. 1½ day Master Class and site visit.

22 – 23 November. 1½ day Master Class and site visit.

24 November. 1 day Master Class.

Details for each location’s venue and precise times will be announced in coming weeks. Locations and dates are subject to change.


Two Way Planning, Design and Place Master Classes are ticketed events. Ticket pricing is provided below. Some sessions include a site visit to an award winning project. Please choose the time and location which best meets your needs.

Master Class Type

1 ½ day Master Class including benchmarking project example

1 day Master Class including Two Way Planning content only

PIA Member Price

$850 incl. GST.


$650 incl. GST.

Non-member Price

$1,350 incl. GST.


$950 incl. GST.


Light refreshments will be provided.


Registration is essential to attend one of the Master Classes. You can register online today by visiting Planning Institute of Australia

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Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information, please contact: Nakita Kirby, Murawin Pty Ltd. Email Phone 0401 045 873.

Who is delivering the Master Classes?

The Two Way Planning, Design and Place Master Classes are jointly presented by Murawin Pty Ltd and Collaborations Pty Ltd. This initiative is supported by the Planning Institute Australia (PIA) as part of PIA’s commitment to planning with Country.

We look forward to sharing this learning experience with you as we build a community of practice for the future.

Want to learn more about the presenters?

Carol Vale, CEO
Murawin Pty Ltd

Carol Vale is a Dunghutti woman from NSW with extensive experience in public policy and a career spanning over 35 years across a range of portfolio areas including Aboriginal affairs, education, housing, family, and community services. Since resigning from government in 2013, Carol founded Murawin Pty Ltd, where she is committed to creating impact, enhancing leadership, management capabilities and cultural competencies in her clients. For the past few years, she has supported her clients in the planning, infrastructure and development arena to assist with the integration of Country into projects. She has an in-depth appreciation of the challenges and  opportunities for those in leadership roles in walking between two worlds and experience on major government infrastructure and planning projects.

Michelle Howard, Managing Director
Collaborations Pty Ltd

Michelle Howard is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an internationally accredited facilitator and strategic planner. Born on  Palawa Country, Michelle has worked with Indigenous colleagues and friends since 1988 to integrate a stronger cultural narrative and voice in art, planning and design projects. She recognises the on-going learning, powerful questions and work required to build a ‘two-way’ approach. As Managing Director of Collaborations, she has worked on planning, design and infrastructure projects across Australia for the past 30 years. Michelle’s skills in stakeholder engagement and strategic planning have been sought after by public, private and not-for-profit organisations. She has a reputation for working with diverse constituencies and managing complex issues of change. Michelle is an experienced trainer and mentor within the urban planning and community engagement sectors

Supported by PIA as part of PIA’s
commitment to planning with Country.