Deeply connected with Country and Indigenous knowledges, the Indigenous Centre of Excellence will be a transformational,  purpose-built facility that supports the sharing and preservation of Indigenous cultures. Informal learning spaces will provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration, in addition to an Indigenous library, Elders lounge, a state-of-the-art theatre, cinema and exhibition galleries, research facilities, and internal and external community gathering spaces.  

Inspired by the form and safety of the mangroves and veiled by a woven-like façade, the design acts as a canvas within which human and non-human kin can re-connect. Led by Sarah Lynn Rees, the design team includes JCB, Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Uncle Dean Kelly, Hill Thalis Architecture and Flux Consult. 

Built on Darug Country, the building will target a 6-star Green Star rating and feature a mass timber structure using Australian hardwoods. It will prioritize Indigenous and Country-focused materials and suppliers. The facade will be constructed using clay sourced from Country. Integrating innovative sustainability principles, the project will feature Indigenous landscape plantings, honoring the site's ecological heritage and providing spaces for gathering, respite, shelter, and play. 




In Progress


Western Sydney University


Peter Stutchbury Architecture, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture


Uncle Dean Kelly, Hill Thalis Architecture, Flux Consultants, TTW, Steensen Varming, Scientific Fire Services, E2 Design Lab, Slattery