2019 Australian Institute of Architects Jury Citations 

Australian Institute of Tropical Health Medicine,Thursday Island,
James Cook University


State Award for Educational Architecture

The building is stepped in section on a rocky outcrop, sitting as a marker in the landscape with expansive views over the harbour and Arafura Sea.

Through the architect and JCU's consultation with the islanders, the project originally briefed as strictly a research facility evolved into a centre for general learning, supporting tertiary education and training for nursing and allied health, paired with frontline research on the Australian and Papua New Guinea border.

Interestingly this TI hub is the third busiest digital portal in all JCU’s facilities, recognition of its value to the islanders and its learning outcomes.

Both the strong prevailing wind and glare have been mitigated.  The vibrant coloured screens, generous verandahs and strategic breakout destinations achieve this. Island elder Aunty Fuji, described the varied colours as part of our tradition and a reflection of the varied cultures who lived on TI in the past and who will in the future.’

A rich collaboration between the community, JCU and the architectural team is reflected by the end users speaking proudly of their facility “it makes you feel welcomed to enter and work in, not just a research lab but a social space for sharing knowledge”.
— 2019 AIA Jury

State Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

Located on the remote Thursday Island archetypal sustainability features have been well adopted and integrated. In a harsh environment protection from the elements is essential and the building cleverly adopts large screens and overhangs as part of that strategy, whilst maintaining good cross ventilation and natural day lighting.

The building also has a strong social sustainability focus and provides benefits beyond its educational purpose, which has been embraced by the local community.
— 2019 AIA Jury