Our next Ockham Residential Lecture is presented by Pacific academic, Karamia Müller.

In this lecture Karamia will revisit the story of Pacific movements and building cultures in Aotearoa through her research and drawing practices. While contemporary Pacific architecture has to some extent been considered in terms of architectural theory and practice in the past three decades, the condition of domestic dwelling and their associated building cultures remain under-examined. Backdropped by Objectspace’s Ponsonby site, Karamia will discuss these themes, collaging the biographical with her research that includes the Polynesian centre Ponsonby once was. 

Booking is free and required here. Hospitality will be provided.


Dr Karamia Müller is a Pacific academic specialising in indigenous space concepts. Currently a Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Planning, Creative Arts and Industries, University of Auckland, her research specialises in the meaningful ‘indigenisation’ of design methodologies invested in building futures resistant to inequality. 

Her research also explores contemporary Pacific architecture and art, women’s architectural and art production in the region, and the use of social media and other online digital technologies by Pacific peoples in the creation of digital space. In particular, she is interested in how these disciplines constitute and inform the lived experiences of Pacific Diaspora.  She is the project lead for the time-mapping research project and exhibition, Violent Legalities, currently showing at Te Pātaka Toi / Adam Art Gallery in Pōneke / Wellington.  Violent Legalities presents interactive maps of Aotearoa, specially developed to plot historical instances of racial violence and tracks these against a chronology of legislative changes. 

Dr Karamia Müller, School of Architecture and Planning. Photo: Leilani Heather