Project Description

Western Sydney University Nirimba Campus, Quakers Hill NSW


The Nirimba Education Precinct is a multi-institutional campus located in Quakers Hill. The precinct was created in 1995 with the belief that the benefits would generate an educational advantage to the western suburbs community, with a focus on increasing the educational innovation in the region.


JDH Architects was engaged to design a world-class sustainable building to house an educational community spanning senior secondary, TAFE and university sectors. Western Sydney University (WSU) recognised that the needs of their students were changing and that students want to be part of the future of learning.

What better to demonstrate commitment to providing the best in education than to provide a modern building that features the latest in sustainable building technology as well as the latest in educational technology?


Conceived as a model of sustainability, JDH Architects worked closely with the client and end user group to understand how to use the sustainable features of the building to teach its occupants about sustainability. Together we explored and developed innovative and integrated design solutions in response to the key themes of learning: collaboration, inspiration, sustainability, transformation, community and excellence.

The project included a new two-storey building comprising of a 450 seat public lecture theatre, flexible learning spaces, a student hub and ancillary accommodation. The building achieved a 5-Star Green Star rating for both the design and construction of the facility.

“Evidence tells us that the learning environment can affect student performance by as much as 25 per cent. The University of Western Sydney’s new building is not only sustainable, but also a healthier, more productive learning space for students and teachers”

Romily Madew, Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

Project Details


Master planning, Architecture




Western Sydney University