ARM shortlisted for WSU Indigenous Centre of Excellence design competition

Eel illustration by Bernadette Hardy.

ARM Architecture is thrilled to announce that our collaborative team, Ngurrabirang Dharug, has been selected as one of the four finalists to advance to the next stage of the competition for the design of the Indigenous Centre of Excellence at Western Sydney University (WSU).

Ngurrabirang Dharug, an alliance of design and creative minds, comprises Hardyhardy, Jason Wing, Mantirri Design, ARM Architecture, TCL, and Cundall. This dynamic team brings together diverse perspectives and expertise, and importantly, is Indigenous led. Ngurrabirang Dharug translates to “from Dharug Country” or “belonging to Dharug Country.”

The finalists teams are:

  • Ngurrabirang Dharug, which includes Hardyhardy, Jason Wing, Mantirri Design, ARM Architecture, TCL, Cundall.
  • Ngalaiya Collective, which includes Greenaway Architects x Greenshoot Consulting, COLA Studio, NH Architecture, Oculus, Jabin and Atelier Ten.
  • BVN, which includes BVN, Blaklash, Aspect Studios, Introba and Land Eco.
  • Sarah Lynn Rees, Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Peter Stutchbury Architecture and Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, which also includes Uncle Dean Kelly, Hills Thalis and Flux consultants.

WSU site plan.

The finalists will now move to the design response stage (Stage 2) of the competition, developing comprehensive design proposals that align with the project’s vision and objectives.

To be situated on Dharug land at the Parramatta South campus, the University’s Indigenous Centre of Excellence will provide opportunities for Indigenous peoples to celebrate culture and connection to Country as well as connecting with First Nations peoples across the globe.

“We will pause, observe, listen deeply and allow all manifestations of Dharug Ngurra (Country) to guide us, so as to develop spatial design outcomes that connect deeply with the sense of Ngurra,” said Bernadette Hardy of Hardyhardy.

“We are committed to creating and maintaining a team culture that is safe, positive and respectful to the greater good of this project and our society,” said ARM Director Mark Raggatt.

The winning design is expected to be announced at the end of the year.

More information here.