Bold and Beautiful

13 September 2006

Photo by Toby Breakspear & Lucy Humphrey.

The new School of Information Technologies on Cleveland Street, one of the University's most striking modern buildings and a key component of the Campus 2010 redevelopment, has been officially opened.

Designed by award-winning architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorpe, and bold in its use of glass and light, the building was described as a "honeypot" by Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown as he unveiled a commemorative plaque.

"The building will be a centre for postgraduate research and training as well as industry linkage and outreach", he said.

Sydney's IT research has grown exponentially in recent years, said the Vice-Chancellor, and the new facility will accommodate this growth.

The building - which took just under two years to construct - contains approximately 10, 000 square metres of floor area and two underground floors of parking. Four floors are dedicated to the school's teaching and research functions, including specialist laboratories and a small lecture theatre. The top floor is set aside for one or more industry partners.There are also informal teaching points - lounges with views through large windows - where students can sit and study.