Cairns Innovation Centre

James Cook University

The Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC) will serve as an innovative centre to translate research, ideas and ambition into products and processes with real commercial application to drive economic growth and diversity in Australia. The CIC will be an exemplar case study setting a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design. 


This project promises to be a flagship innovative development for James Cook University, offering research and industry engagement opportunities in a technology rich and sustainable environment. It will bring together the potential to enhance the University’s outreach and promote a strong national and international identity. 

It will be a place where business people, entrepreneurs, community organisations, researchers, educators and students can work and learn from each other. 

The CIC will nurture a new generation of students and young graduates who can engage deeply with industry and business via work-integrated learning, and apply innovative technologies in established industries and drive start-up businesses in emerging industries. 


The three-storey building will house JCU’s innovative Internet of Things program, an engineering course, as well as JCU’s start-up ventures with JCU and external community partners. 

The building has been designed to meet the highest environmental and sustainability standards. Spaces are organised around a central atrium featuring a full-height green wall and floating staircase. A mesh fabric screen will ‘wrap’ the façade, with images and colours projected onto the building’s exterior. 


James Cook University

Under construction, due 2020

Wilson Architects + Clarke and Prince, Architects in Association

Project Budget

Key Personnel
Michael Herse, Hamilton Wilson, Daniel Tsang, John Thong, Alex Quah-Smith, Carole Walls, Sophie Lorenz, Frankie Lou, Georgina Russell, Ilka Salisbury, Jenny Yang, John Harrison, Lia Kim, Mark Yuen, Paul Newman, Shaun Purcell