National Commendation for Urban Design 2021


Jury citation

The QUT Campus Nationwide: The Positioning Strategy is an effective urban design proposal and architectural framework that provides an innovative and iterative model for built environment practice in which Indigenous stories and knowledge are integrated and acknowledged. The document contains a series of spatial prompts to consider when planning to ensure the confluence of culture, identity, people and place, and principals to guide the development of future campus construction projects. at QUT. The fundamental principle of this clear and strong document is the meaning of the country, which is central to the culture, identity and spirituality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. One of the tenets of the strategy is the development of a deeper understanding and recognition of ‘connection to the country’, particularly in relation to the importance of the lands on which QUT operates.

For QUT, the document is a guide for internal and external engagement – ​​it will shape and inform the delivery of project development and aims to evolve the experience of the university campus facilities for staff, students and community. local community. The QUT Campus to Country: Positioning Strategy is a forward-looking architectural project that commits the university to where it belongs through the creation of a built environment that reflects past and present culture, integrated into the country and nurturing the community.

Project credits

Architect: BVN; Group project: Kevin O’Brien, Brian Donovan, Charlotte Canning, Bridget Tighe; Other advisors: Simone Wise, Leon Design, QUT Office of the Professional Vice-Chancellor; Photographer Nikolas Strugar

QUT Campus to Country by BVN is located in Brisbane, Queensland, on the lands of the Turrbal and Jagera peoples.



Architecture Australia, November 2021

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