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Alumni House

Cultural & Civic, Education, Hospitality

Alumni House



Alumni House will be an architectural landmark forming a centrepiece of the University of Newcastle’s Academic Corridor and its interface with the City of Newcastle.

Alumni House will be a social hub for alumni of the University and the greater community of the city and region, projecting the University’s identity and aspirations within Newcastle’s CBD. Requiring a site-specific approach that carefully balances the project’s academic and civic profile, the Competition aims to establish Alumni House as an active, lively and exciting space. Alumni House is intended to foster and symbolise connection, community, conversation, commitment and celebration.

The winner of the competition is Durbach Block Jaggers, together with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Ongarato and Northrop. Their design is a poetic response, which successfully addresses the primary requirement of providing a welcoming place for alumni while projecting a memorable presence in the city that looks to the future.


New South Wales


Awabakal Country and Worimi Country


University Of Newcastle

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Competition Winners

Durbach Block Jaggers with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Cox Inall Ridgeway, Ongarato and Northrop

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Abbie Galvin

NSW Government Architect

Brian Jones

Program Director, Organisational Change Team, University of Newcastle

Michael Keniger

Estate Design Director, University of Newcastle

Razali Rahman

Executive Chairman, Peremba Group and Alumni, University of Newcastle

Rebecca Hazell

Director, Office of Alumni and Philanthropy, University of Newcastle

SueAnne Ware

Head of Architecture, University of Newcastle

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