Rising populations are putting pressure on Australian schools.
Check out our latest eBite where we share with you our learnings and research on how educators in urban regions can plan for their school’s future needs to support forecasted growth.
In Issue 7 — Master Planning, we share the many benefits of a school master plan and why they’re fundamental to shaping future development and investment.
Wilson Architects is designing a new $10M accommodation wing for St Catherine’s College, within the University of Western Australia (UWA).
The new wing will house an additional 54 students in the College’s Dandjoo Darbalung Indigenous Access Program, which currently accommodates 400 residents.
Australian Library Design Awards 2017.
19th June, Library at the Dock - Don't miss out!
Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director at Wilson Architects, will be talking Library Design, learning environments and their relationships to both technology and the IT savvy student - Design solutions that meet students diversity in study behaviour.
Please follow below link to register or for additional information:
Artichoke Sector Blur
A great turn out at the Artichoke Night School last night!
Hamilton Wilson along with Carr Design Group and Woods Bagot presented on designing highly flexible spaces that blur their type and function.
REPURPOSED: UQ Mayne Hall
An "almost undiscovered treasure of Brisbane” the UQ Art Museum turns 10 and we have compiled this video to celebrate their anniversary.
Old is New eBite
The pressures of the global economy have led to a substantial decline in capital funding available for the public sector. How can a sector, which is increasingly under pressure, do more with less? Here, we share with you our experience and learnings to help you reuse and refurbish your ageing building stock. Check out our latest eBite Issue 6 — Old is New, to discover how you can successfully breathe new life into existing building stock.
Download available: Issue 6: Old is New
St Catherine's College, University of WA
Wilson Architects is the successful winners of a shortlisted design competition for an Indigenous Student Housing project at St Catherine’s College, University of Western Australia campus. Our scheme creates shared community living groups within the overall student population, enabling a distinguishable feature of indigenous culture; their connection to and creation of community.
James Cook University - Cairns Campus
Student Housing Project
James Cook University (JCU) has selected Wilson Architects, a national award-winning
architecture firm, to design the $40 million on-campus-accommodation block at the Cairns campus.
Wilson Architects has established expertise in designing for both ‘living and learning’. The
firm’s design approach focuses on creating connections for students, while supporting their education. The design incorporates formal and informal teaching and learning spaces and encourages students and staff to live, eat, study, work and socialise together.
“Just as we know that providing accommodation is more than just a bed, learning is also more than just a desk – they are part of a total process”
- Hamilton Wilson, Director Wilson Architects.
QUT Education Precinct,
Kelvin Grove Campus
Have you seen the new project board up on the QUT Kelvin Grove campus?
First site meeting with contractor, Hansen Yuncken, Construction is now underway!
Designed by Wilson Architects + Henning Larsen Architects, the new QUT Education Precinct will be a model for educational precincts internationally and will set a new benchmark for contemporary and sustainable design.
Designing a new model for Health Care
Wilson Architects have designed a new model for healthcare. View our latest video publication to explore the GP Superclinic at Caboolture, Queensland.
"Being surrounded by luscious greenery, light streaming in, and the tranquility of the fish pond, gives a feeling of calm and respite." - Fiona Heckelmann, Caboolture GP Superclinic Visitor
James Cook University AITHM, Thursday Island
The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine for James Cook University is under construction at Thursday Island. The AITHM will translate its research into better health for communities in the Tropics. Designed by Wilson Architects and local Cairns architects; Clarke and Prince, Architects in Association.
Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre (Gundu Pa)
Construction of the Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre (Gundu Pa) has officially begun with the official turning the first sod attended by Queensland Premier, Anastasia Palaszczuk, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick MP, and Metro South Health Board Chair, Terry White AO.
New Learning Hub
St Andrew's Anglican College Learning Hub is a 'pulsing heart of activity for the school community'. Read how the new Hub was shifted the focus towards student-centred learning and brings the learning community together within the ADR feature.
"Wilson Architects have set the benchmark for adaptive reuse"
Read how the new Wensley Wing at King's College, St Lucia, provides additional accommodation for the residents and an opportunity to define the campus with the Architecture & Design feature.
Brisbane Open House
Wilson Architects invited over 130 visitors into our office as part of Brisbane Open House on Sunday 9th October.
Other Wilson's projects open to the public of the BOH weekend included Translational Research Institute, Queensland Institute for Medical Research, Griffith Film School and BioSciences Precinct (landscape architecture).
Australian Urban Design Awards shortilst
Beenleigh Town Square has been shortlisted for an Australian Urban Design Awards. This key urban space project designed by Wilson Architects in association with Aecom, Logan City Council and MR Cagney Traffic Engineers, has recently been transformed from a six way roundabout into a defined community centre.
The development of Beenleigh Town Square has been driven by the desire from the community to transform the physical heart of the town into a place of cultural exchange and activity.
Association for Learning Environments presentation
Hamilton Wilson led the design process for the new Learning Hub at St Andrew's Anglican College that changed the College's concept for library and IT service delivery, which now operate from the building. Hear from the architects how the building design has neatly coupled with the client's needs at the Association for Learning Environments (formally CEFPI) "Sunshine Coast Day Out".
“The future of school design is tiered, urban and engaged. Wilson Architects has formed a forward-thinking place to support learning within a city context, projecting the shape of things to come in Australian education".
- All Hallow's School featured in Architectural Review Issue AR145.
Longer lives, higher expectations
Hamilton Wilson provides commentary on the future of Senior Living in Australian Design Review.
“Baby boomers will no longer tolerate residential care environments that mirror hospitals rather than homes,” says Hamilton Wilson, director of Wilson Architects.
Wilson Architects + Partners Hill win $250m University of Queensland Student Residences Project
The University of Queensland (UQ) has selected Wilson Architects + Partners Hill to design the $250m flagship Student Residences Project at the St Lucia campus.
This project continues their longstanding relationship and follows their highly successful collaboration on the multi-award-winning Translational Research Institute (TRI).
‘We are excited about bringing the best of education and residential design to the University of Queensland. Wilson Architects’ extensive experience in education design will be highly complemented by Timothy Hill’s exemplary residential projects,’ said Hamilton Wilson, Managing Director, Wilson Architects.
The team has a unique combination of expertise in designing for both ‘living and learning’.
Commendation for All Hallows' School Mary Place
Wilson Architects' Mary Place at All Hallows' School was awarded a Commendation for Education Architecture at the AIA Brisbane Regional Awards on Friday evening. Congratulations team!
Wilson Architects - Now Hiring!
Wilson Architects are looking for Architects, Interior Designers and experienced Graduates to join our team for new design-led projects.
For more information and to apply, visit
Applications close Friday 10th June.
Shortlisted for NSW AIA Awards
Just confirmed for Lahznimmo Architects & Wilson Architects - UNSW Wallace Wurth Redevelopment for the Faculty of Medicine and Institute of Virology, has been shortlisted in NSW AIA Awards. Stay tuned for awards announcement on 1st July.
St Andrew's Anglican College, Academic Centre nearing completion
Wilson Architects worked closely with St Andrew's Anglican College to develop an Academic Centre that ensured that teacher-led and student directed spaces offered a range of engaging 21st century learning experiences. Here is a photo of work in progress - keep an eye out for the finished product!
AIA Queensland President's Dinner
Earlier this month, Hamilton and Beth Wilson attended the Queensland Presidents dinner where architects around the state are recognised and awarded for their outstanding work within design.
Beth was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2015
20 Years of Quality Assurance
Wilson Architects directors Hamilton and John were awarded with 20 years of dedicated Quality Assurance this month.
Living in the City Exhibition
The future Student Housing building at UQ designed by Partners Hill & Wilson Architects. This model is on display at the museum of Brisbane, as part of the Living in the City exhibition
RMIT Laboratory Consolidation Project Completion
John Wardle Architects + Wilson Architects (Architects in association) were engaged by RMIT to undertake detailed briefing, design, documentation and construction services for the relocation of a number of specialist Electrical, Engineering and Sciences Laboratories and Teaching spaces across multiple campuses.
The recently completed project can be viewed at www.wilsonarchitects.com.au/rmitlabs
All Hallows Mary's Place features in Indesign Magazine
Wilson Architects features in Indesign Magazine as primary architect on the Mary's Place Year 7 Building.
'Moving toward whole of school flexible classroom model for the 21st Century learner'
Hamilton Wilson and Matthew O'Brien,
BBC Head of Strategic Planning presented their longitudinal research into flexible learning spaces at a keynote address for CEFPI members at Brisbane Boys College on 10th November 2015.
Visit our Research page to download the paper.
GP Super Clinic, Caboolture Grand Opening
Later this month the Caboolture GP Super Clinic was officially opened to the public. The building will provide
Our priority for the Superclinic is to improve patient outcomes by making the centre a part of the community, with ownership from the community. The centre is also scalable to enable future viability of the clinic as it grows with the population.
The Architecture of Science:
The contemporary laboratory
John Thong presented at the UQ Architecture Research Dialogues on 27th October, discussing the Translational Research Institute and our longitudinal research into laboratory design.
Visit our Research page to download the paper.
A New Wave of Senior Living Environments
Shaun Purcell & Georgina Russell from Wilson Architects share their insights into the latest thinking on creating successful senior living facilities. Facilities Perspectives magazine Sept-Nov 2015 Issue.
Fresh Approach to Commercial Architecture
The Urban Developer Top five ways commercial projects can make their developments stand out from the crowd
QUT Education Precinct Building
- ArchitectureAU New QUT Precinct to be "grounded" in landscape
- The Urban Developer Architect Collaboration Wins $75 Million Precinct For QUT
- Courier Mail A local family architectural firm has won the tender to design QUT’s $75 million Education Precinct in Brisbane.
- Architecture & Design Collaborative thinking wins Architects’ $75m bid for Queensland University of Technology project
- Perspective Global New Education Precinct for QUT
- Design Boom Henning Larsen to complete educational precinct for Brisbane University campus
Redcliffe Fire Station Redevelopment
Awarded 2015 National Trust SILVER Award for Agency Conservation
All Hallow's School, Mary Place
- World Architecture News - Contemporary learning spaces connect with heritage-listed school. Q&A with Architect, Phillip Lukin
- Design Boom
- Architectural Review Asia Pacific – Online Designwall
Schools of the Future Series:
Architecture & Design - Libraries without walls: when students become the core design consideration
Architecture & Design - Designing the School of the future. Going up: the future is vertical
- AILA - Prominent Landscape Architect Beth Wilson honoured with significant award
- Green Magazine - Landscape Architect honoured by Australian Institute of Architects Qld
- Architecture & Design - Beth Wilson first Landscape Architect to receive Honorary Fellowship from AIA Qld Chapter
- Architecture & Design - Four projects by Beth Wilson that changed the way we see landscape design & architecture
- Architecture AU - Beth Wilson received honorary fellowship