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Hannah combines a socially driven and contextually responsive design approach with policy experience to work with remote communities. She has worked on building and design projects with Indigenous communities in Cape York and Arnhem Land, Australia. Her master's thesis 'Bush Owner Builder' involved collaborative self-building on homelands surrounding Hope Vale, Cape York and was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architect's President's Dissertation Medal and a commendation in the Architecture Institute of Australia's Colourbond Steel Biennale. Hannah's PhD in architecture at the University of Melbourne was submitted in mid 2018 and is currently under examination. Her study is based in remote Northeast Arnhem Land and investigates how a territorial and regional resource based approach to building can contribute to the development of local industry and the enhanced satisfaction of human needs. As Innovation Fellow at Monash University's Art, Design & Architecture Faculty she continues to research and teach in these pursuits.

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD , The University of Melbourne

24 Feb 201422 Nov 2018


  • Remoteness
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Building
  • Architecture
  • Indigenous
  • Community
  • Participatory Action Research

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Research Output 2016 2018

  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Conference Paper

Building in Australia's remote regions

Robertson, H., 2018, 8 p. Perth, WA, Australia : Future West.

Research output: Other contributionOther

All that Glitters is Not Gold: The Effect of Mining Activities and Royalties on the Built Environment of Remote North East Arnhem Land

Robertson, H., 7 Jul 2016, GOLD: Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Brennan, A. & Goad, P. (eds.). Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Vol. 33. p. 578-590 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Crafting Gujarati Tradition into the Future

Robertson, H., 2016, : Garland.

Research output: Other contributionResearch


Australian Institute of Architects Colorbond Steel Biennale-Commendation

Hannah Robertson (Recipient), Mar 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

John Grice Award (Dean's Honour Award)

Hannah Robertson (Recipient), 14 May 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Royal Institute of British Architects President's Medal- Dissertation Category

Hannah Robertson (Recipient), 8 Dec 2011

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2018

  • 3 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
  • 1 Appointments or secondments to industry

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Hannah Robertson (Visiting researcher)
5 Nov 201815 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

'Researching in Remote Indigenous Australia’ at Process x IADV presents Tiddas

Hannah Robertson (Contributor)
2 Jul 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Australian Government (External organisation)

Hannah Robertson (Member)
16 Oct 20162 Dec 2016

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsAppointments or secondments to industry

School of Planning and Architecture (Delhi)

Hannah Robertson (Visiting researcher)
1 Jul 201516 Mar 2016

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Hannah Robertson (Visiting researcher)
15 Jul 201516 Dec 2015

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution