OCTOBER 2019

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JCU Verandah Walk wins at the National Landscape Architecture Awards

Wilson Landscape Architects are proud to announce that the James Cook University, Verandah Walk won the Award of Excellence for Urban Design.


SEPTEMBER 2019

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John Thong guest lectures at UQ

Director John, guest lecture for UQ Architecture Students re Interrogating Difference Indigeneity and Campus Landscapes. This lecture looked at how Wilson Architects work the intersection between architecture and landscape.


August 2019

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Hamilton presents at AIA’s Out There Speaker series

Hamilton, Tom and Ama from the WA team attended the AIA’s Out There Speaker series.⁠ Hamilton was able to share some insights into the design of the Kooroomba chapel, winner of the Hayes and Scott Award for Small Project Architecture, at this year’s 2019 Queensland Architecture Awards. ⁠⠀
⁠The Chapel is located in the picturesque Kooroomba lavender fields and reflects on the importance of architecture and design, while humbly reminding us that nature ultimately dominates. ⁠⠀

UQ Winter Sleep Out

Nese, Jess and Georgina were part of the 70 people who slept outside to raise awareness for the University of Queensland, Winter Sleepout for 2019. This year’s event raised more than $47,316 for the Second Chance Programme, who help thousands of women and children at risk of experiencing homelessness. The WA office held a bake sale and a lunch to fundraise within the office, as an office we were able to donate $1,073.35, a great effort from all involved!

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Architects Declare

Wilson Architects sign The Australian Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. The declaration states signatories will seek to raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies, and the need for urgent action among clients and supply chains.


JULY 2019

WA Office Site Visit at UQ Duhig North Library

The Wilson Architects team visited our UQ Duhig North Library refurbishment project, now called Central Library, which is getting close to completion. As part of the design, the original Central Library building (by Robin Gibson in 1973) entrance will be re-opened, more than 20 years after the Level 2 doors were closed. Once again the building will connect to the outside and students will flow through to newly refurbished study spaces. The purple glazing pays tribute to Robin Gibson’s original purple aggregate selection.

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June 2019

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A4LE Conference

Melissa, Michelle, John, Hamilton and Annie attended the A4LE Talk at the newly opening QUT Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct. Hamilton presented at the A4LE conference. The A4LE conference included a vigorous panel discussion regarding the importance of school design in supporting the wellbeing of students and teachers. The human experience of a space is felt before any cognitive understanding of a space, and Hamilton's research into pedagogy assists in our continued strive to design learning paces that evoke a sense of adventure, vitality and confidence.


MAY 2019

QUT Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct Opening

The University of Queensland’s Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct opened this month. Wilson Architects worked on this project with Henning Larsen as Architects in Association. The project is a model for educational precincts internationally setting a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design.

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April 2019

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Adderton Installation

The WA team contributes to the installation/exhibition ‘A Fierce Hope’ by Belinda Smith for the upcoming Adderton opening later in the year.

Made out of recycled jeans, 2000 dolls were needed for the exhibit so the the WA team enjoyed contributing to this project not only as Architects but also as contributors of a few dolls.


March 2019

Australian Institute of Architects 2019 QLD Architecture Awards

Wilson Architects is very proud to share our projects that were recognised for design excellence at the 2019 Regional Awards.

These projects will go on to represent the State in June. Well done to all of the project teams, clients, consultants and contractors for this fantastic outcome.⁣

James Cook University,
Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (with Clarke & Prince Architects)

Far North Queensland Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year, Far North Queensland Regional Commendation ⁣

 
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Kooroomba Chapel

Darling Downs Regional Commendation (Small Project Architecture)

 
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Caboolture GP Super Clinic

Brisbane Regional Commendation (Public Architecture) ⁣

 
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Dulux Colour Awards 2019

Wilson Architects is thrilled to announce that James Cook University Cairns Student Accommodation is a Finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards 2019 in the Commercial and Multi Residential Exterior category.⁣

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St Andrew’s Anglican College Learning Hub,

Gabriel Poole Award for Building of the Year, Sunshine Coast Regional Commendation (Educational Architecture) ⁣

 
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Toowoomba Grammar School Gymnasium

Darling Downs Regional Commendation (Educational Architecture)

 
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James Cook University, Verandah Walk

North Queensland Regional Commendation (Urban Design)⁣

 
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February 2019

QPAC NPAV - Design Competition

Wilson Architects are thrilled to be shortlisted for the design of the New Performing Arts Venue co-located with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.  

We are excited to be working once again with internationally renowned Henning Larsen Architects, on this important new civic project, as not only a necessity for Brisbane’s growing performing arts industry, but an opportunity to complement and enhance the existing QPAC.

Image 1: University of Queensland Mayne Hall Art Museum (Wilson Architects). Photograph by Chris Stacey

Image 2: Harpa Concert Hall, Iceland (Henning Larsen Architects).
Photograph by Nic Lehoux


January 2019

Beth Wilson passes away, aged 85

Beth will be remembered for her unrivalled botanical knowledge, a passionate interest in the restorative use of plants to create healthy buildings, and an unstoppable work ethic. 
Thank you @architecture_au for publishing Beth’s obituary in today’s newsletter.


NOVEMBER 2018

BGS STEAM Building

Wilson Architects participated in a shortlisted design competition for Brisbane Grammar School’s new STEAM building, incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics for cross disciplinary learning and collaboration.

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BGGS Bread House

The interior refurbishment of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School staff workspaces within the ‘Bread House’ (former National Baking Industry Association building), is now complete. The interior design incorporated biophilic design principles to foster a sense of wellbeing and optimism within the workplace.

Competition Work

Wilson Architects participated in a shortlisted design competition of the Inner City South Secondary State College, for the Department of Education. The school will be located in Brisbane’s Knowledge Corridor and have strong links with the University of Queensland. 


OCTOBER 2018

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Beth’s Book

Beth Wilson’s book, ‘Brisbane Houses with Gardens’ wins the Courier Mail People’s Choice, Queensland Book of the Year Award. Well done Beth!

To purchase Beth’s Book, visit www.bethwilson.com.au

Brisbane Open House

Wilson Architects’ Office opened its doors to the public for Brisbane Open House on Sunday 14th October. Despite a particularly rainy weekend, visitors and guests enjoyed tours of the building and viewed historical artefacts from the Wilson legacy.

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SEPTEMBER 2018

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UQ Hawken Laboratory

The UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) Hawken Laboratory has been reopened following highly sensitive reconfiguration to allow for installation of the Hitachi HF5000.

The facility will be the first of its type in Queensland and the first pixeled detector (from CERN) on a Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) in Australia.

Adderton Mercy Heritage

Construction works have finally commenced on the rejuvenation of the Adderton Mercy Heritage Centre.

The heritage listed site, dating back to 1858, will be transformed into a community hub that celebrates and encourages the human spirit.

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Double Talk

Managing Director, Hamilton Wilson travels to Melbourne to speak at the Brickworks Double Talk Series.

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Toowoomba Grammar Sports Centre

The Glen McCracken Sports Centre at Toowoomba Grammar School has been officially opened. The state-of-the-art stadium provides a sporting hub and key gathering space for TGS.

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AUGUST 2018

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Aged Care Innovation

Associate Director, Phillip Lukin, presented ‘Innovative Architecture in Aged Care’ at the Metro North Health and Hospital Service Aged Care Conference at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.  

USC Performing Arts

Wilson Architects have commenced design of the University of Sunshine Coast new Performing Arts Building.

It is envisaged the new ‘black box’ style multi-use facility for the School of Communications and Creative Industries, will be a key piece in the development of a Cultural Hub for the campus.

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WA Architectural Graduate travels the world thanks to Scholarship

Christina Solomon, one of our UQ Architectural Graduates, is currently travelling around the world as part of her Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarships. Christina was awarded one of two $15,000 grants which is supported by the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. 

'Winning the Philip Y Bisset Planning (Architecture) Scholarship will allow me to further expand my practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of adaptive reuse and conservation practices," Christina said.

Established in honour of Life Fellow Philip Bisset who left a generous bequest to the Queensland Chapter, the scholarship is now on its second year of a new philanthropic strategy for architectural education in the state focusing on continued growth and vitality.


JULY 2018

TAFE Pimlico

Wilson Architects have been selected to design Townsville’s Pimlico TAFE Queensland campus redevelopment. The $26M project is set to revitalise the heart of the campus, and includes the construction of the first new building in more than 40 years. The project will be the heart of the campus, providing a learning hub with strong public interface for their hairdressing, beauty and hospitality course offerings.

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Lourdes Hill College

The first stakeholder consultation workshops have begun at Lourdes Hill College, as we work on their ‘Towards 2030’ Master Plan.


JUNE 2018

SAAC Aquatic Centre

Construction has commenced on the new Aquatics Centre at St Andrew’s Anglican College. The 50m pool facility provides new formal entrance to the school, additional teaching spaces and community use.

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St Catherine’s College

Construction has commenced on St Catherine’s College Indigenous Accommodation in Perth. The design creates shared community living groups within the overall student population, enabling a distinguishable feature of indigenous culture; their connection to and creation of community.

St Peter’s College Masterplan

Wilson Architects are once again working with St Peter’s College in Adelaide on their 2018 Masterplan update, having previously worked with the school in 2012.  Opened in 1847, the school is the oldest major private college in South Australia.

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MAY 2018

QASMT Master Plan

Working with Department of Education and Queensland Academy for Science Mathematics and Technology, we
prepared the QASMT Master Plan for the expansion of the inner-city school. The master plan addresses the very particular pedagogical framework of the school, being STEM focussed. 


Guildford Grammar School

Wilson Architects participated in a shortlisted design competition for Guildford Grammar School’s new Boarding House in Perth.  One of the principle ideas for our scheme is to use the unique landscape of the campus and the wetlands, to create identifiable boarder communities and to make a memorable experience for students. 

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APRIL 2018

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AITHM featured in Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin

Our Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) for James Cook University on Thursday Island recently featured in the Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin. AITHM is a research and health facility that focuses on the health problems of most importance to tropical Australia. 

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ICU of the Future

Wilson Architects, along with our research partners The Prince Charles Hospital Critical Care Research Group, Lendlease and Metro North Health and Hospital Service, participated in a prototype workshop for our ICU of the Future research project. 

We are endeavouring to redesign the ICU bed space to help decrease delirium, improve the patient experience and enhance health outcomes. .


MARCH 2018

Redlands College “College Heart”

Following the endorsement of the 2017 Masterplan, the design of the Redlands College ‘College Heart’ project is now underway. 

The project is a central integrating hub for the College combining student services, wellbeing centre, hospitality teaching spaces and tuckshop, 21st Century library and staff hub.


FEBRUARY 2018

JCU Student Residences, Cairns

The James Cook University John Grey Hall of Residence was officially opened by Dr Jonathon Thurston. The 300-bed student accommodation building on the Cairns campus encourages a positive and engaging student experience.


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JANUARY 2018

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Kooroomba’s Fancy Shed

The elegant wedding chapel set in the lavender field at Kooroomba Vineyard is now complete. The chapel is an Instagram success, with over 1,000 hashtags from visitors to the stunning location in the Scenic Rim. 

Ripley Providence

The team has commenced design development of the new schools at
Ripley Providence, a new primary school and state high school on a greenfield site in this emerging priority development area

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Mueller College Senior School Building

The Mueller College Senior School building opens for the start of the 2018 school year. The building is designed around the existing lake on the site and takes advantage of its location to create beautiful study spaces for its students.