2019 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Educational Architecture

Adelaide Botanic High School by Cox Architecture and DesignInc.

Jury citation

Adelaide Botanic High School offers an optimistic and progressive approach to the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning for high school students in South Australia. The school’s design by Cox Architecture and DesignInc gives a new spatial and organizational structure to teaching and learning, allowing students more agency in both their educational development and their social interactions.

The building operates as a dynamic matrix of public movement and respite; dedicated workspaces and flexible classrooms; intimate, group and large teaching rooms; and an openness and airiness that exploits the vertical structure.

Adelaide Botanic High School is located in Adelaide, South Australia, and built on the land of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.


Cox Architecture
Project Team
Cox Architecture: Zoe King (director), Justin Davis-Bishop (project architect), Adam Hannon (design director), Chin Tan, Kirsty Fraser, Jonathon Kirby (architects), Patrick Scott (graduate of architecture), Rachel Pargeter, Coby Costi (interior designers), DesignInc: Ee Ther Wee (project architect), Wayne Dixon (project director – interiors ), Jennifer Drake, Craig Tonkin (lead interior designers), Alexis Bromilow, Jacinda Hastwell (interior designers), Marcus Warnecke, Bryce Bessell (graduates of architecture), Sarah Love (graphic designer), Laura Johansson (technician)
AV consultant IPP
Builder Lendlease
Building surveyor Buildsurv
Civil consultant KBR
Cost consultant Rider Levett Bucknall
Engineer Arup
Landscape consultant TCL
Services consultant Aecom
Site Details
Location Adelaide,  SA,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Category Education
Type Schools
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