Dr Danièle Hromek is a Saltwater woman of the Budawang tribe of the Yuin nation, with French and Czech heritage.
Danièle is a spatial designer, speculative designer and public artist, fusing design elements with installations, sculptural form and research. Danièle works as a cultural design and researcher. She runs Djinjama, offering cultural design and research for design, architecture, planning and built environment projects. Clients include state and local government, museums and galleries, as well as industry including architects, planners, designers, heritage and engineering firms.
She works at the intersection of architecture, interiors, urban design, performance design and fine arts. As an Aboriginal researcher and designer her work is grounded in her cultural and experiential heritage, often considering the urban Aboriginal condition, the Indigenous experience of Country and contemporary Indigenous identities. She also works as an educator and cultural advisor considering how to Indigenise the built environment by creating spaces to substantially affect Indigenous rights and culture within an institution.
Danièle holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Design) in spatial disciplines, and Bachelor of Design (Interior Spatial Design, Performance major). Her research considers Indigeneity in the built environment. It 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. Her research 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.