Indigenous Leadership Central to Extraordinary Design of new College

12 December 2023
Warren and Mahoney: We are excited to announce that the new University of Technology Sydney (UTS) National First Nations College (NFNC) will be designed by Greenaway Architects, Warren and Mahoney and OCULUS.

Selected by a six-person jury, comprising representatives from UTS and the City of Sydney, the winning competition design submitted in partnership was lauded for its thoughtful connection to Country that translated effectively into the built environment, and for the design’s potential to create an exceptional student experience. 

Professor Robynne Quiggin, UTS Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) said Indigenous voices were central to the entire design competition process, in keeping with the University’s philosophy of Indigenous self-determination. 

“Because the College will be a place where Indigenous people feel at home and hosts to our non-Indigenous colleagues, it’s critical that we not just ensure the design process is Indigenous-led, but that it also incorporates cultural values and physical features that are important to Indigenous students.”

“The College aims to create an environment where students – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – can thrive and celebrate Indigenous identity and culture, while setting a new benchmark for excellence in Indigenous education and research,” Professor Quiggin said.   Warren and Mahoney Australia Head of Design Barrington Gohns, says the new College will unlock a meaningful step change in continuing learning and advancement of Indigenous learning and excellence.

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