Beginnings – First Peoples’ Architecture

4 October 2023

The Regional Architecture Association (RAA) is collaborating with Gadhungal Marring to run Beginnings, an immersive weekend discovering Australia’s first architecture. Single day and three-day event tickets are still available.

Beginnings is an Indigenous cultural experience exploring Australia’s origins of the built environment. In collaboration with Gadhungal Marring, the RAA will explore the earliest practices of place-making and architecture. This event seeks to forge deep connections between Country, Architecture and Heritage, creating pathways and actions for a connected architectural future. It will further bridge the gap between existing Indigenous culture, our understanding of heritage and how we better articulate this experience through practice.

Beginnings offers hands-on workshop experiences in addition to presentations and conversations during a gathering at Coolendel Camp on the beautiful Shoalhaven River. There will be Yarning Circles, workshops and discussions around First Nations cultural heritage along with a Corroboree, dialogue with Elders, camping, campfires and a cold plunge into the Shoalhaven.


The RAA is pleased to welcome Renee McGuinn of MAAD Studio, Wesley Hindmarch of Local Architect South Coast and Dharrawal Yuin Raymond Timbery as creative directors of this unique event.

Raymond is a descendant of the Dharrawal and Jaitmatang language group of the Bidjigal and Manero tribe. He grew up at Jervis Bay, Huskisson and has always lived near the ocean. He has learnt traditional ways of song and dance and how people communicate through sharing stories.


3pm Thursday 19 October – 12.30pm Saturday 21 October 2023


Coolendel Campground, NSW
40 minutes west of Nowra on the shores of the Shoalhaven River

This is one of the central meeting places between communities on Country along the South Coast. It is a place that continues to be a central place for gathering to this day.


To make a booking, head to the main ticket menu.

Images: Courtesy of Gadhungal Marring