11 November 2015
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.
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.

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.

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”.

Image: Professor Peter Høj, Dr Penelope Wensley, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr Graeme Wood.

The building was made possible through the support of UQ alumnus and philanthropist Dr Graeme Wood.

“We wanted a building that would turn heads as well as inspire both workers and visitors,” Dr 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.”

The Global Change Institute hosts weekly building tours – register here.

IMAGE (L-R): UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj, Dr Penelope Wensley, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Dr Graeme Wood.

Contact: GCI Communications and Engagement Manager Anna Moloney, a.moloney@uq.edu.au ;+61 7 3443 3148, +61 (0) 478 487 211.

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