Homes in Indigenous Communities
Dr Burroughs’ work on Indigenous housing has focused on delivering environmentally sustainable buildings that meet the cultural and social needs of Indigenous Australians. This work has included overseeing (in 2010) the design and construction of the first environmentally efficient homes under the Homes On Indigenous Lands (HOIL) programme (in Nguiu, NT). The houses were designed and constructed using an innovative procurement model in which the community was extensively engaged in the design process. This project exemplifies Dr Burroughs’ ability to develop meaningful partnerships with various stakeholders including indigenous communities, government agencies and organisations. With his network of professional colleagues, and as Principal of his consultancy firm Steve Burroughs and Associates, collaboration with these groups and the investment of expertise have produced inventive built environment design solutions that promote the wellbeing of communities.