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post updated 11 April 2022

University Buildings in Australia

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Australian University Buildings. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed higher education buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Australia. The focus is on contemporary tertiary education buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

New University Buildings in Australia

2 Dec 2012
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS, Sydney, New South Wales
Design: Gehry Partners LLP with architect Daryl Jackson Robin Dyke (Australia)
East façade, view across Ultimo Pedestrian Network, model scale: 1-to-100
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building UTS Business School Sydney UTS Building Sydney
image : Gehry Partners, LLP
Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Lend Lease, one of Australia’s largest contractors, has been appointed by UTS to build the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building aka ‘Gehry’s Tree house’. To open in mid-2014 at a total development cost of $180 million, the building will house the UTS Business School. The UTS building will be 12 storeys high.

26 Nov 2012
Swanston Academic Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Design: Lyons
Australian University Buildings - Swanston Academic Building
image : John Gollings
Swanston Academic Building
This new building, called the Swanston Academic Building, is an idea about building a vertical campus and drawing the diversity of the city deeply in to the design conception. As student space is not available like a green campus, the project proposes a vertical ‘stack’ of informal ‘open’ student spaces, each connected to a central circulation system of escalators and stairs.

Faculty Architecture Building & Planning (ABP), University of Melbourne
Design: John Wardle Architects / NADAAA
University of Melbourne Building
image from University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Building : Faculty Architecture Building & Planning – 28 Feb 2012
The future of design education will be on display from next week, with designs for the new Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning on showcase for the first time. Designed by Melbourne architectural firm John Wardle Architects (JWA) and Boston firm NADAAA.

New Australian University Buildings

Major New Australian University Buildings, alphabetical:

Advanced Manufacturing Centre Building, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Design: Wilkinson Eyre Architects (UK) and Sinclair Knight Merz Architects & Engineers (Australia)
Swinburne University of Technology Building
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Swinburne University of Technology Building
The new building, located on the University’s Hawthorn Campus will be a centre of excellence in manufacturing innovation and collaborative learning that embraces state-of-the-art design, reflecting Swinburne University of Technology’s reputation as a leading research institute with strong technology and business connections.

Australian Catholic University Health and Wellbeing Centre, Melbourne, Victoria
Design: Woods Bagot
Australian Catholic University Building
picture from architects
Australian Catholic University Building
The design for the Australian Catholic University Centre for Health and Wellbeing aims to create new standards in energy efficiency whilst providing an attractive social and working environment. The building is located at the Australian Catholic University in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Brain and Mind Research Institute, The University of Sydney Building, Sydney, New South Wales
Design: BVN Architecture
Brain and Mind Research Institute
photo : John Gollings
Brain and Mind Research Institute
The Youth Mental Health Building (YMHB), Clinical and Translational Research Building and Ken Parker Labs (KPL) are part of the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sydney. The BMRI is focused on research into mental health and clinical issues relating to the brain.

The Cairns Institute, James Cook University Smithfield Campus, Queensland
Design: Woods Bagot / RPA Architects
James Cook University Building
picture : Woods Bagot and RPA Architects
James Cook University Building
The Cairns Institute, the new hub for tropical research is set to re-define teaching and learning in climatic conditions. Proposing a concept that will celebrate the rainforest setting, and enrich the place experience was a winning formula for Queensland based practices, Woods Bagot and RPA Architects who have been awarded the design of The Cairns Institute, headquartered on the James Cook University (JCU) Cairns campus.

Deakin University Lecture Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria
Design: Woods Bagot
Deakin University Building
photo : Peter Bennetts
Deakin University Building
More akin to residential than institutional architecture, the Deakin University Lecture Theatre is an education space for the future: “we’re proud we have been able to provide the University with a space that speaks to future teaching and learning environments,” said Sarah Ball, Principal, Woods Bagot.

La Trobe University Institute of Molecular Science, Beechworth, Wangaratta, Victoria
La Trobe University Institute Building
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La Trobe University Institute Building
La Trobe University’s $94 million Institute of Molecular Science (LIMS) began construction on Friday with an official sod turning presided by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr. LIMS will be a world-class facility for molecular science, biotechnology and nanotechnology research and research training. The Institute will align with the broader Northern Melbourne Science precinct and support growth in the burgeoning Australian biotechnology industry.

University of Western Sydney – Building L9, Hawkesbury Campus, New South Wales
Architect: Suters Architects, Newcastle, Australia
University of Western Sydney Building
photograph : Tyrone Branigan
University of Western Sydney Building
The refurbishment of Building L9 at the University of Western Sydney’s Hawkesbury Campus presented an exciting opportunity to deliver excellence in the pragmatic needs of PC2 Laboratories and reflect the ideals of a climate change and energy research facility through innovative ESD initiatives.

University of Western Sydney School of Medicine, Campbelltown, New South Wales
School of Medicine University of Western Sydney
photograph : Gollings Photography
University of Western Sydney School of Medicine
Won through a National RAIA sponsored competition, the commission was to design the $50M foundation medical school at University of Western Sydney. The new school, based at the Campbelltown campus in the heart of the rapidly expanding western suburbs, was briefed to be an integrated medical teaching and research environment based on the contemporary educational principles of student centred learning and collaborative interdisciplinary research.

UTAS Medical Science 1, Hobart, University of Tasmania
Architects: Lyons, Melbourne, Australia with JAWS – Design Architect, Australia
University of Tasmania Building
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University of Tasmania Building
The University of Tasmania’s School of Medicine and the Menzies Research Institute bring together, in Medical Science 1, the aspiration to deliver leading edge world-class laboratories, clinical research and medical training facilities.

UTS Tower Sydney, New South Wales
UTS Building Sydney
image : LAVA
UTS Building Sydney
‘Tower Skin’, LAVA’s speculative transformation of the UTS tower in Sydney Australia, has won a ZEROprize Re-Skinning Award. The awards are given by Zerofootprint, a leading organization in the global fight against climate change. The United Nations Habitat is a partner of the awards.

University of Technology Sydney – Broadway Building, New South Wales
Denton Corker Marshall
University of Technology Sydney Building
image by architects
University Technology Sydney
Denton Corker Marshall wins design competition for a new Broadway Building for the University of Technology, Sydney. Architects Denton Corker Marshall have won the two stage international design competition for a new state-of-the-art Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology building on Broadway for the University of Technology Sydney.

Victoria University of Technology Theatre Building, Werribee, Melbourne, Victoria
Design: Michael McKenna / Morgan McKenna
Victoria University Lecture Theatre
building photo from architects
Victoria University of Technology Building
Although a small building this is a powerful architecture for this young university campus providing a value added teaching venue with; tiered seating; flexible (flat floor) teaching area; excellent sight lines; ideal acoustics; blackout environment; computer based audio-visual and video projection; a comfortable environment and; has convenient disability access.

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