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Indigenous Centre of Excellence

Education, Cultural & Civic

Indigenous Centre of Excellence



Western Sydney University is thrilled to announce the launch of the Indigenous Centre of Excellence.

Located on Darug Ngurra (Country) at Western Sydney University's Parramatta South campus, the Indigenous Centre of Excellence will provide opportunities for Indigenous peoples to celebrate culture and connection to Country - serving as an intersection for knowledge exchange, and steeped in the principles of reciprocity, generosity, and respect. It will deliver a facility from which to lead global discourse on Indigenous knowledges.

Western Sydney University invites multidisciplinary teams to participate in a national design competition to realise its vision for the Indigenous Centre of Excellence.

The competition process is composed of an open expression of interest (Stage One) followed by a design response stage (Stage Two). Following the Competition, a winner will be selected to deliver design services for the project.

The winning team comprises Sarah Lynn Rees, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB), Peter Stutchbury Architecture and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture. The team also includes Uncle Dean Kelly, Hill Thalis Architecture and Flux Consultants. 


New South Wales


Darug Country


Western Sydney University

Project type


Competition Winners

Sarah Lynn Rees, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCB), Peter Stutchbury Architecture and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, Uncle Dean Kelly, Hill Thalis Architecture and Flux Consultants

Jury (titles at time of engagement)

Carroll Go-Sam (Dyirbal gumbilbara bama)

Senior Lecturer, Indigenous Engagement, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Queensland

Dillon Kombumerri (Quandamooka/Yugambeh)

Principal Architect, GANSW

Dolla Merrillees

Director, Western Sydney Creative

John Choi

Director, CHROFI

Kieran Wong

Co-founder and Partner, The Fulcrum Agency

Professor Liz Cameron (Darug)

Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Built Environment (Indigenous Health), University of Newcastle

Professor Michelle Trudgett (Wiradjuri)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership, Western Sydney University

Sebastian Goldspink (Darug)

Curator and writer

Project Updates

07 March 2024

Winning design unveiled for WSU Indigence Centre of Excellence.

ArchitectureAU ↗

15 December 2023

Winning design team for Indigenous Centre of Excellence announced.

Western Sydney University ↗

In the media

“An outstanding, Country centred design that promotes First Peoples’ leadership, knowledge sharing, creative skills and living cultural practices. As well as being an iconic destination that the Western Sydney University and the communities it serves can be proud of, the facility will be a welcoming place for everyone who visits, ensuring its enduring legacy.”

Dillon Kombumerri, Chair of the Design Competition Selection Committee

ArchitectureAU, 16 Jan 2024 ↗

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