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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Hamilton Wilson travels to Melbourne to speak at the Brickworks Double Talk Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lourdes Hill College
The first stakeholder consultation workshops have begun at Lourdes Hill College, as we work on their ‘Towards 2030’ Master Plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Beth and Hamilton featured in Good Weekend magazine
The Sydney Morning Herald spoke to Beth and Hamilton about both their professional and personal relationship.
Beth's book launch
After many years in the making, landscape architect and Director Beth Wilson has launched her book “Brisbane Houses with Gardens”. The book weaves the stories of Brisbane’s unique history seen through the prism of its house and gardens.
New research project
Wilson Architects are contributing to important research into the “Intensive Care Units of the Future” working with the Critical Care Research Group and Lendlease.
The research looks at the effects of physical space on health and well-being of patients within ICU units.
New video publication
Check out our new video publication on James Cook University, Australian Institute of Tropical Health Medicine (AITHM) at Thursday Island. The colourful building leverages the site’s context proximate to the intensity of the blue waters and flora of Thursday Island.
The new $14m multi-court stadium for Toowoomba Grammar School, currently under construction, will complete the last link in the sporting precinct for the Grammar school, due for completion February 2018.
James Cook University Verandah Walk received 2017 Master Builders North Queensland Winner; Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million (RCQ Construction) and lots of international interest for its unique mirrored ceilings.
Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, Gunda Pa was officially opened by Queensland Premier, Anastasia Palaszczuk and Health Minister, Cameron Dick, at the Community day on 7th October.
Bridge to Brisbane
Team Wilson impressed us all with their training, charity fundraising and comradery in the 2017 Bridge to Brisbane 10km run. Well done!
The elegant wedding chapel set in the lavender field at Kooroomba Vineyard is now complete.
Pimlico Tafe design progressing
Following endorsement of the Pimlico Tafe Masterplan (Townsville), Wilson Architects are now progressing designs of a new teaching building and student hub.
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.
Design recognition for learning hub
St Andrew’s Anglican College Learning Hub receives a 2017 Library Design Award for Highly Commended School Library. The project also received a 2017 Master Builders Sunshine Coast Award; Education Facility (Badge Constructions).
Wilson Architects + John Wardle Architects participated in a short-listed design competition for University of Queensland Student Union Precinct.
Bond Business School
Bond University “Transformer” space is now complete. The co-curricular program is designed around the concept of ‘accelerated serendipity’.
Australian Library Design Awards 2017
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:
2017 Queensland Architecture Awards
We are pleased to announce, John Thong is the Deputy Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects 2017 Queensland Architecture Awards.
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.
WA+PH working together
Visitors to the office would notice we are packed to the rafters, with the Partners Hill team collocating and collaborating in the Wilson Architects office throughout 2017 on the University of Queensland Student Residence Precinct.
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
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