Danièle is a spatial designer, speculative designer and public artist, fusing design elements with installations, sculptural form and research. Her design practice works in the intersection of architecture, interiors, urban design, performance design and fine arts. As an Aboriginal designer her work is grounded in her cultural and experiential heritage. Her work often considers the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities. Gaining her experience globally, she has lived in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vancouver and Sydney.

Danièle also works as a lecturer and researcher considering how to Indigenise the built environment by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture within an institution. Danièle’s research contributes an understanding of the Indigenous experience and comprehension of space, and investigates how Aboriginal people occupy, use, narrate, sense, Dream and contest their spaces. It rethinks the values that inform Aboriginal understandings of space through Indigenous spatial knowledge and cultural practice, in doing so considers the sustainability of Indigenous cultures from a spatial perspective.

Danièle runs Babana Djurumin Design with her siblings, Siân and Michael.

Danièle is a Saltwater woman of the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, with French and Czech heritage.

PhD, University of Technology Sydney (completing)
B.Design (Interior Spatial Design, Performance major), University of Technology Sydney


Design work, UTS Gallery, curated by Emily McDaniel, 25 September to 16 November 2018


Design work, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery, curated by Emily McDaniel, 4 August to 17 November 2018

Make Known: The Exquisite Order of Infinite Variation

Cultural creative work, UNSW Galleries, curated by Eva Rodriguez Riestra, 28 July to 8 September 2018

Winyanboga Yurringa

Set and costume design, Moogahlin, Carriageworks and Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 2016

Covered By Concrete

Spatial map installation, Underbelly Arts Festival (group), 1 to 2 August 2015


Installation, Vivid Sydney Festival of Light, Music and Ideas (group), 2014

Psychadelic Urban Interior

Installation, UTS (group), 2013

'A cultural generational communal iterative generative collaborative relational theory of design' (in press) with Jacqueline Gothe, mini-chapter in book Theories of Design[ing], 2019
'Storytelling and Narratives on Country: a Yuin woman's perspective' (in press), chapter in book, 2019 
Cultural Principles and Protocols for Designers for projects or curricula working with Indigenous peoples, materials or communities (in press), book co-authored with Terri Janke, 2019
'Sensing Materials of our Country' with Siân Hromek and Michael Hromek, article, Architecture Bulletin, vol.75 no.2, 2018 [link]
'Always Is: Aboriginal spatial experiences of land and Country', chapter in Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture, 2018 [link]
'Weaving Intentions', non-traditional research output, 2018 [link]
'Impact', catalogue essay, 2017 [link]
'Indigenous Materials Harvard UTS Referencing Guide' with Sophie Herbert, referencing guide, 2016 [link/link]
'Winyanboga Yurringa', non-traditional research output, 2016 [link]
'Covered by Concrete' with Siân Hromek and Michael Hromek, non-traditional research output, 2015 [link]

Designing with Country/The Sydney Ochre Grid, Government Architect NSW [link]
Cultural Mapping, City of Sydney
The Re-Indigenisation of Space, PhD Research, UTS

BLAKitecture Women’s Business Yarning Circle, 2018, MPavilion Melbourne
Place, 2018, Perspectives [link]
Relationality and Design: Reclaiming Design Practice and Protocols and Subverting the Design Method, 2018, UTS
Cultural Training for Visual Communications team, School of Design, 2018, UTS
Cultural Immersion for The Australian Ballet, 2017, Old Ways New
Incorporating Indigenous ecological, design and Country knowledge into the built environment, 2017, Yurlendj-nganjin (‘everyone’s knowledge’/’our intelligence’), Deakin University
Indigenous portfolio discussion circle, 2017, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia AGM, University of Sydney
Always Was: Aboriginal spatial experiences of land and Country, 2017, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education
Weaving Design into the Intersectionality of Design, 2017, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education
First Peoples, Object and Country, 2017, University of Technology Sydney
Love, Stories, Kin and Country, 2016, University of Technology Sydney
Aboriginal Design/Spatial Considerations, 2016, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), Kaldor Public Art Projects [link]
Indigenous Space, Place and Country, 2016, University of New South Wales and University of Technology Sydney
The Art of Storytelling, 2015, UTS Art Gallery