Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Thursday Island

James Cook University

The focus of the facility on Thursday Island is the translation of research into better health for communities in the Tropics. As an academic research facility, it will be required to facilitate interface between researchers in the far North, other research facilities including the AITHM Townsville and Cairns as well as the TI community and Queensland Health. It will operate as the hub for researchers in the Torres Strait and will require strong communication connections with the outside world. 

The planning strategy leverages the sites context proximate to the intensity of the blue waters and flora of Thursday Island. The sloping site enables the laboratories as well as the short term accommodation to make the most of the projects extraordinary views.

The project has been designed around the overarching JCU strategic plan which states that ‘the university is defined by the tropics’. Even more importantly the AITHM at Thursday Island is also influenced by its unique context.



Currently under construction


Key Personnel
Wilson Architects + Clarke & Prince Architects, Architects in Association 

Hamilton Wilson, Michael Hartwich, Steve Cahill, Jenny Yang, Sarah Mahon

Services Provided
Architecture, Interior Architecture & Landscape Architecture

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