A panel of experts – including the Chair of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel – is currently assessing six diverse and exciting designs for UTS’s new Blackfriars ‘industry hub’, following the launch of a design competition earlier this year.
Six of Australia’s leading architectural firms were invited to submit designs – three from the NSW Government Architect’s (GANSW) ‘design excellence’ list, one from GANSW’s list of emerging design practices and two interstate firms with relevant educational facility experience.
The winning design is expected to be announced in November 2017.
What is the new industry hub?
The new facility will incorporate a range of spaces to encourage and enhance industry engagement at UTS, as well as research. In doing so, it will support academic and student growth into the future.
Read more about the Blackfriars industry hub.
Where will it be built?
The industry hub is set to be constructed on the site of the current Blackfriars Children’s Centre, which will be vacated in November, when staff and children relocate to their new facilities on the other side of the precinct.
Who is on the expert panel?
Chairing the panel is Professor Ken Maher, Chair of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel, and currently the National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). The 2009 AIA Gold Medal recipient, Mr Maher is an active member of the architecture community and had a role in Hassell Architects’ design for the UTS Haberfield Rowing Club.
He is joined on the panel by:
• Graham Jahn, Director of City Planning, Development and Transport, City of Sydney
• Professor James Weirick, Member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel
• Dillon Kombumerri, Principal Architect, GANSW
• Professor Attila Brungs, UTS Vice-Chancellor (with Professor Elizabeth Mossop, Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, serving as an advisor)
• Glen Rabbitt, Director, UTS Facilities Management Operations.
How does the panel judge the entries?
An agreed list of key criteria is used by the panel in assessing each design entry. These criteria include the submission’s architectural vision and alignment with UTS’s strategic vision, as well as its approach to sustainability and its interaction with the heritage buildings on the Blackfriars site. Materials, landscape and cost are also considered.
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