Competition launched for Western Sydney University’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence
Australian architects and designers are invited to submit expressions of interest to design a new home for Western Sydney University’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence.
The new centre, to be located on Darug land at the Paramatta South campus, will serve as an important gathering place for the community to connect, learn from and celebrate the region’s Indigenous people.
The purpose-built facility will be accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability, or interests. Informal learning spaces will be incorporated into the design, providing opportunities for engagement, education and collaboration. Visitors will be able to explore the rich Indigenous culture and heritage of Western Sydney through arts, cultural collections, performances, talks and screenings.
Professor Michelle Trudgett, deputy vice-chancellor Indigenous leadership, said the facility will support the preservation of culture and history while also solidifying the university as a leader in Indigenous education, employment and research.
“This landmark building will serve many generations. Every aspect of the Indigenous Centre of Excellence will be informed by Indigenous knowledge and cultures. It will be one of the most prominent and impactful First Nations spaces in the world while being a place where the local community can come together and connect,” Trudgett said.
Vice-chancellor and president Professor Barney Glover AO said the Centre for Indigenous Excellence is a fundamental component of the university’s Indigenous Futures Decadal Strategy, 2023-2032.
“The building will be a beacon of education, Indigenous leadership and cultural exchange. We look forward to working with our Elders and Indigenous communities to create a truly transformational space where we can foster, develop and support the next generation of Indigenous leaders,” Glover said.
The winner will be announced before the end of this year after stage two of the design response is completed.
For more information about the national competition or to submit an Expression of Interest, visit Western Sydney University’s website.