Harry Butler Institute Environmental Education Centre Design Competition


State Western Australia
Client Murdoch University
Competition EOI + Single Stage Design Competition
Winner TBC
John Choi Director, CHROFI
Jane Irwin Director, Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Simon McKirdy Director, Harry Butler Institute
Peter Mould Former NSW Government Architect
Matthew Young Development Director, Property Development & Commercial Services,Murdoch University


Image courtesy of Murdoch University


Murdoch University sought the services of CityLab for the development of a globally significant environmental education centre. Named after Dr Harry Butler AO CBE, the Harry Butler Institute Environmental Education Centre will be home to the Harry Butler Institute and will support its goal to champion research into the co-existence of biodiversity, business and community. The centre will be a rigorous thinking and innovation hub, where industry and academia collaborate to provide scientific solutions to environmental management challenges.

Located at the new entry and geographic centre of the university campus, the centre will form a gateway to the Beeliar Regional Park wetland comprising a technology enriched building and extensive external public open space. Murdoch University is seeking to deliver a world-class facility that will bring together design excellence, sustainability and innovative technological outcomes, while paying homage to the 50,000-year historical, social and cultural importance of the area.

The competition was in two stages, with an EOI followed by a single stage design competition. This competition is now closed, with the winner to be announced in the near future.