2019 National Architecture Awards: National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute by Swanbury Penglase with BVN.

Jury citation

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute is holistic in its approach to sustainability, from construction impacts to ongoing operation, robust building detailing and urban legacy. Notably, this project employs planning and services strategies that significantly curtail energy use in a typology that is customarily energy-intensive. Manifold laboratory exhausts, CO2 monitoring and materials selection create a clean-air environment internally. Natural light is carefully modulated and the sectional strategy organizes research communities vertically, with diverse meeting and social spaces making for a healthy and socially sustainable working and learning place.

The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute is located in Adelaide, South Australia and is built on the land of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.


Swanbury Penglase
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Project Team
Swanbury Penglase project team: Andrew Phillips, Wayne Grivell (project directors), Jason Timberlake (project architect), Joshua Budarick, Marty Frost, Matthew Raven, Paul Rawinski, Peter Morris (architects), Ted Bourchier (graduate of architecture), Elizabeth Swanbury (interior design director), Jasmine Brooksby, Matthew James, Rebecca McMillan (interior designers), Cecilia Tang (landscape architect), BVN project team: Abbie Galvin, Julian Ashton (principal architects), Peter Titmuss (project director), Geoff Cooke (site architect), Conor Larkins, Craig Burns (design architects), Jan Christel (BIM manager), Dinah Zhang, Felix Saw, Max Hu (graduates of architecture), Adriana Haindl, Amelia Lipa, Jess Cochrane, Kate O’Mullane, Saskia Arief (interior designers), Barry Cantor (model maker) , Barry Dineen (visualization)
Builder Hansen Yuncken
Cost manager Rider Levett Bucknall
DDA Consultant Disability Consulting Services
ESD consultant Cundall
Facade engineer Arup
Fire brigade South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
Gallery Consultant Freeman Ryan Design
Laboratory and animal house specialist Jeff Freeman and Associates
Land surveyor Fyfe
Landscape architect Swanbury Penglase
Lifts consultant KBR
Services engineer KBR with Arup
Statutory planners URPS
Structural and civil engineer Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec (WGA)
Waste management consultant Rawtec
Wind consultant Vipac Engineers and Scientists
Site Details
Location Adelaide,  SA,  Australia
Project Details
Status Built
Category Education, Health, Interiors, Public / cultural
Type Universities / colleges



Published online: 7 Nov 2019
Words: 2019 National Awards Jury
Images: Peter Barnes


Architecture Australia, November 2019

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