JCB is Lead Indigenous Architect for the new AFSE space, located in the University of Melbourne's New Student Precinct and embodied with Indigenous ways of knowing and being. 

Creating a space for staff and Fellows to live, learn and collaborate, the space will be an engaging, inspiring and creative space for staff and visitors, and a welcoming place for Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders from Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific. This will allow Fellows, staff and Elders to gather, collaborate and share knowledge, as they address global issues.

JCB has been undertaking Indigenous engagement, with values established through a collaborative Engagement Plan, and Indigenous-led design by listening to and being guided by Indigenous voices with the cultural authority to speak on behalf of Country and the project.

The space will achieve environmentally sustainable design and address cultural sustainability, including a culturally safe work environment and allowing the program to thrive in the new cultural heart of the University's Parkville campus.


Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung


2023 (expected)


In Progress


The University of Melbourne & AFSE


Kane Constructions & arete Australia