UQ’s first sustainable building wins national architecture award

11 November 2015

The University of Queensland’s landmark six-star sustainability building has been recognised at the nation’s leading architecture awards.
The Global Change Institute won the David Oppenheim Award for Sustainable Architecture and the National Award for Interior Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects’ Annual Awards.

Environmental sciences at UQ
Professor Peter Høj, Dr Penelope Wensley, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Mr Graeme Wood (Photo credit: UQ)

GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the zero-carbon, sustainable building reflected the university’s commitment to challenge and lead in the community.
“This is a great example of UQ creating change by pushing the barriers in design and construction,” he said.
“This building is more than a place to work—it’s a place that demonstrates the future and inspires others to develop buildings that are not only practical, but good for the environment as well.
“The institute regularly hosts tours for political leaders, building professionals and academics wanting to know more about sustainability in practice.”
The Australian Institute of Architects judging panel noted the use of sustainability in the GCI’s design, and called the building’s sky-lit atrium “a triumph, transforming a former service zone into a showpiece for the university.”
The building was made possible through the support of UQ alumnus and philanthropist Mr Graeme Wood.
“We wanted a building that would turn heads as well as inspire both workers and visitors,” Mr Wood said. “Sustainability in building design and function is no longer an option, a ‘nice to have’. Congratulations to all those on the team who demonstrated such powerful applied imagination.”

About the Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, Australia, is an independent source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The Global Change Institute advances discovery, creates solutions and advocates responses that meet the challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change.

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