Sustainability Summit

Closing Keynote Address

Angelique Edmonds will deliver the closing keynote for the 2021 Sustainability Digital Summit.

Angelique has a passion for design for social impact, sustainability and public engagement- i.e. engaging diverse people in the decisions about place which impact upon their everyday lives. Trained as an Architect, she operates professionally in two roles, as a Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Sustainable Design currently at Uni SA, and independently as the founder and Creative Director of the School for Creating Change.

Her recent book called Connecting People, Place & Design (published by Intellect UK) draws together fifteen years of her practice and research regarding human relationships to place, our capacities to connect with one another and place, and the extent to which contemporary public design mechanisms allow public participation.

For the Australian Institute of Architects, she has served as SA chapter Councillor, chair of SA Sustainability group and National Sustainability Committee member, co-authored the AIA EDG note on Social Sustainability (both in 2013 and with a current update in press) and delivered a National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar series on Social Sustainability across 10 cities in Australia & 5 cities in NZ (for NZIA) in 2014. She is currently producing a CPD Podcast for AIA on Social Sustainability due late 2021. She was a panel member and Chair of the inaugural SA Government Design review Panel from 2012-2015 and has been a member of the standing Panel for National Accreditation visits of Australian Architecture Schools since 2012. She is also an OQA Appeals Assessor for AACA.

Her professional practice experience and research spans many groups/locations; living in an Indigenous community in Arnhem Land for a year- doing contract consultancy for the NT government (subsequently the focus of her PhD), a secondment into SA Government Department of Premier & Cabinet to lead public engagement on a federally funded pilot scheme for an Integrated Design Strategy for Adelaide (called 5000+) , as a Board member of SA Council for Care of Children and leading advocacy projects promoting Child and Youth Friendly Cities, health related design advocacy projects with CALD women in Sydney’s South West and with Youth at risk of homelessness in South Australia. She also initiated a project called My Story, My City with celebrated Australian Artist Peter Drew in which they worked together with young recent arrivals in Adelaide to explore visual storytelling about migration and place, allowing the young arrivals to metaphorically ‘tag’ the city with their visual stories.

She has taught in 4 different Australian Universities and studied PhD, M.Phil and degrees in Architecture in Sydney, London and Cambridge UK. She is also mum to a spirited 5 year old.


Dr. Angelique Edmonds

UniSA & School for Creating Change