Ms Carroll Go-Sam

Research Fellow AERC

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Carroll Go-Sam graduated in 1997 with a B. Arch (Hons) UQ and has research interests in Aboriginal architecture, public architecture, housing and identity themes drawing on professional experiences in rural townships in far-north QLD, the Northern Territory and south-east QLD. Three select key areas of architectural research include: Aboriginal architecture, Aboriginal housing management, policy, and design have occurred in the capacity as a researcher, educator, consultant and design practitioner

Carroll is the recipient of an ARC Discovery Indigenous Award (2014-2016) along with Professors Mark Moran, Paul Memmott and Jane Hunter. The project Defining the Impact of Regionalism on Aboriginal Housing and Settlement aims to analyse, quantify and improve our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing needs. It will develop a regional knowledge-base about needs assessment by creating an interactive mapping interface to sharpen focus on what is a blurred picture of the true extent of crowding, tenant demand, housing stock status and regional governance. By establishing a comprehensive knowledge-base through the development of innovative search, retrieval and visualisation services, the project will generate a single online data model integrating qualitative and quantitative data with text based publications. This knowledge-base will be compared against selected case studies from remote, rural and urban regions, in order to identify the most significant factors impacting on housing needs across different regions.


  • Bachelor of Architecture with Honours, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Go-Sam, Carroll and Keys, Catherine (2018). Mobilising Indigenous agency through cultural sustainability in architecture: are we there yet?. In Elizabeth Grant, Kelly Greenop, Albert L. Refiti and Daniel J. Glenn (Ed.), The handbook of contemporary indigenous architecture (pp. 347-380) Singapore: Springer Nature. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-6904-8_14

  • Memmott, Paul, Greenop, Kelly, Clarke, Andrew, Go-Sam, Carroll, Birdsall-Jones, Christina, Harvey-Jones, William, Corunna, Vanessa and Western, Mark (2012). NATSISS crowding data: what does it assume and how can we challenge the orthodoxy?. In Boyd Hunter and Nicholas Biddle (Ed.), Survey Analysis for Indigenous Policy in Australia: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 241-279) Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

  • Memmott, Paul C. and Go-Sam, Carroll (2007). Spinifex houses of the Western Desert. In Paul C. Memmott (Ed.), Gunyah, goondie & wurley: The Aboriginal architecture of Australia (pp. 208-231) St Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Qld Press.

  • Memmott, Paul and Go-Sam, Carroll (2003). Synthesizing indigenous housing paradigms: an introduction to Take 2. In P. Memmott and C. Chambers (Ed.), TAKE 2: Housing design in indigenous Australia (pp. 12-17) Canberra, Australia: The Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

  • Memmott, P. C. and Go-Sam, C. (2000). Aboriginal architecture. In Kleinert, S. and Neale, M. (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture (pp. 405-413) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Go-Sam, Carroll (2014). Assimilating problems: from humpies to traditional houses. In: Christoph Schnoor, Translation: The 31st Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (435-447). 2-5 July 2014.

  • Go-Sam, Carroll (2011). Fabricating Blackness: Aboriginal identity constructs in the production and authorisation of architecture. In: Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, Audience: The 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-27). 7-10 July 2011.

  • Go-Sam, Carroll (2008). 'Lest We Forget': Working with and against Indigenous Design Paradigms. In: Which Way? Directions In Indigenous Housing. A National Conference Shaping the Future of housing for Indigenous communities. RAIA Indigenous Housing Conference, Alice Springs, N.T., Australia, (). 26-27 Oct 2007.

  • Memmott, P. C. and Go-Sam, C. (1999). Australian indigenous architecture: Its forms and evolution. In: R. Blythe and R. Spence, Thresholds: Papers of the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Thresholds, Launceston/Hobart, (233-239). 28 Sept - 1 Oct, 1999.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)