Dr Kali Marnane

Postdoc Research Fellow

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr Kali Marnane is an Associate Lecturer in architectural and urban design. Kali is a registered architect with experience working in Australia, India and the United States of America. Her research works to generate socio-cultural and place-based evidence required for design, planning and policy to produce more equitable, sustainable and resilient built environments. In particular, she focuses on how marginalised community voices can be heard in planning and design to produce meaningful socio-cultural transformations and innovative built environments.

Kali trained and registered as an architect in Brisbane before joining The Anganwadi Project to design and oversee construction of a preschool in one of the largest informal settlements in Ahmedabad, India. This inspired her PhD at The University of Queensland on the architecture of informality, aiming to understand why interventions in informal settlements rarely address the poverty, inequality or environmental conditions experienced by residents. Her doctorate revealed that interventions too often focus on built environment deficiencies and ignore the agency of residents. Identified spatial patterns in the case study supported the development of social ties, a desired but missing condition in other parts of the city that enhances community resilience in the face of poverty. More recently, Kali led consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and student to embed their voices into design principles that will guide all future building work at The University of Queensland. Her current research projects include Gununa Futures, which seeks to understand how housing and town design can work better for residents' lifestyles, culture and energy needs in the remote Indigenous community of Mornington Island on Lardil Country; and Growing Up in Logan seeks to understand young people’s (aged between 10 and 15 years) perceptions of urban space to better understand the impact of the local environment on their lives and provide them with opportunities to share their ideas for the future of our cities.

Research Interests

  • Public Space
  • Urban Design
  • Informal Settlements
  • Community Engagement
  • Co-Design
  • Socially Responsive Design
  • Young people's experience of place


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Architecture, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Architectural Design, The University of Queensland


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