Jefa Greenaway is a descendant of the Wailwan and Kamilaroi peoples of northwest NSW. He is an architect, interior designer, academic, director of Greenaway Architects and Chair of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria (IADV), a not-for-profit providing support and advice regarding all aspects of architecture related to Aboriginal people in Victoria, including encouraging mainstream architects to be more engaged with Indigenous culture.
Jefa’s work has been both awarded and published in newspapers and magazines including the Age, Herald Sun, Bauwelt, Houses, Architecture Review and Belle.
A graduate of Melbourne and Latrobe Universities, Jefa was the recipient of the AIA National Emerging architect prize (the Dulux Study Tour 2011), was appointed Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Design (2014), collaborated on the Koorie Heritage Trust’s new headquarters at Federation Square (2015) and sits on the City of Melbourne’s Public Arts Advisory Panel.
He has been awarded the Inaugural Stormtech Scholarship, the Glenn Murcutt International Master Class and a participant in the British Council’s Accelerate Leadership Intensive.
Key to Jefa’s work is the realisation that architecture can act as a conduit between Indigenous communities and architecture as a profession and a tool given architecture’s critical connection to place, continuance of cultural practices and the potential for architecture to speak to cultural expressions of identity.